Japan, “a country which has

learned painful lessons from
the Minamata disease,”
ratifies the Convention on




The role of the UNEP New York Office is to maintain a close link between UNEP headquarters in Nairobi and UN Headquarters in New York. The Office represents UNEP at the intergovernmental and inter-agency level at UNHQ, including at the General Assembly , the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), among many others.
The Office ensures that UNEP’s voice and guidance on environmental policy issues are considered in the deliberations which take place at UNHQ. In addition, it contributes to UNEP’s public information and outreach efforts. The office was established in 1973 and served also as the Regional Office for North America Until 1999. Elliott C. Harris is the current Director of the New York Office.

Intergovernmental Policy Co-ordination
One of the main roles of the UNEP New York Office is to represent the organization at UN Headquarters by serving as the link between UNEP and the following stakeholders: Governments (represented by their Permanent Missions and visiting delegations), agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system, and departments within the UN Secretariat.
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UN Inter-Agency Affairs
The United Nations System Chief Executives Board (CEB) is the prime instrument for supporting and reinforcing the coordinating role of United Nations intergovernmental bodies on social, economic and related matters. CEB aligns the strengths of a decentralized system of specialized organizations into a cohesive and functioning whole. It ensures that the UN system delivers as one at the global, regional and country levels on the broad range of commitments made by the international community.
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Information and Outreach
With the role and influence of civil society greatly expanding within the international community, the New York Office has a key role in developing and maintaining active contacts with UN-affiliated non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, private sector corporations, academic institutions and others.
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