Partnerships play an increasingly important role in speeding up the progress towards achieving a truly sustainable Post-2015 development agenda. Some of UNEP's partnerships that support this progress are listed here below:
Climate and Clean Air Coallition (CCAC)
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is a partnership of committed governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations and other non-state entities, who work collectively to reduce emissions of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) and deliver multiple benefits of SLCP reduction at regional, national and local levels. Multiple benefits comprise air quality and health, food security, energy security and climate benefits. Read more here.
The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
The Climate Technology Centre and Network provides technical expertise and guidance on technologies that enable governments, industries, and other institutions to generate cleaner energy and become more resilient to changing climates. Launched in December 2013, the CTCN is the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism and is hosted by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and 11 independent, regional organizations with expertise in climate technologies. Read more here.
Global Coral Reef Partnership
The partnership brings together a broad range of institutions in collaboration towards ecosystem-based management of coral reefs. At the global level, the partnership focuses on developing methods, tools and policy frameworks, where possible building on existing efforts, and supporting exchange of best practice and lessons learned between regions. At the regional level, the partnership facilitates adoption of methods, tools and policy frameworks by Regional Seas intergovernmental mechanisms through provision of policy and other support, and where required adapting methods, tools and policy frameworks to the regional context. At the national level, the partnership demonstrates use of methods and tools and implementation of policy frameworks through pilot activities implemented with partners, to support broader national uptake and capacity building. Read more here.
Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI)
The Global Fuel Economy Initiative is the only global initiative working on automotive fuel economy, working with an increasing set of countries. See the table. The GFEI is also recognised as a key transformative accelerator in the SE4ALL and the UNSG Climate Summit process and UNEP’s energy efficiency programme. The GFEI is implemented by 6 partners: the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT), the International Transport Forum (ITF), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the FIA Foundation, UC Davis University and UNEP. The Advisory Group of the GFEI includes the global oil and vehicles industry, major NGOs and international experts. Read more here.
The Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML)
The Global Partnership on Marine Litter launched during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development , Rio + 20 in June 2012, is a voluntary open-ended partnership for international agencies, Governments, businesses, academia, local authorities, nongovernmental organizations and individuals. Read more here.
The Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM)
The Global Partnership on Nutrient Management - a global partnership of governments, industry, science community, NGOs, UN agencies and various international and regional organizations, has been launched to address this challenge (for details on list of partners and GPNM activities detail, please visit www.nutrientchallenge.org). UNEP/GPA Coordination Office is the Secretariat of the GPNM. Read more here.
The Global Programme of Action (GPA)
The Global Programme of Action encourages governments and regional organizations to prepare and implement comprehensive, continuing and adaptive action plans to protect the marine environment, recognizing the effects on food security, poverty alleviation, and ecosystem health, as well as the resulting economic and social benefits. In parallel, some of the eighteen Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs) have negotiated legally-binding protocols on land-based activities and sources of marine pollution. Read more here.
Great Apes Survival Programme (GRASP)
The Great Apes Survival Partnership is an innovative and ambitious partnership comprised of great ape range states faced with an immediate challenge: to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas (Gorilla beringei, G. gorilla), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), bonobos (Pan paniscus) and orangutans (Pongo abelii, P. pygmaeus) across their ranges in Equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia. GRASP's mission is to work as a coherent alliance to conserve wild populations of every great ape in their natural habitats, and to ensure that where apes and people interact, their interactions are both positive and sustainable. Read more here.
Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
PAGE’s founding partners include UNEP, as the lead organization, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO and UNITAR. PAGE is considered as an open partnership, where other partners will join with different roles and functions. Partners supporting implementation include NGOs and research institutes such as the Millennium Institute, the Green Economy Coalition, the Sustainlabour Foundation and WWF. Other UN partners working on green economy may also join as the partnership develops, such as FAO, UN-DESA and the regional economic commissions. Countries, both those receiving funds and those who are not, as also considered partners, contributing experiences, best practice and lessons learned to the partnership. Read more here.
Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans
UNEP’s Regional Seas Programme – launched in 1974 in the wake of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment – is one of UNEP’s most significant achievements in the past 35 years. It aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment, by engaging neighboring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their shared marine environment. More than 143 countries participate in one or more of the 18 Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans around the world. Read more here.
Sustainable Energy for All (SEA4ALL)
The UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative has three objectives by 2030 namely: universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and doubling the global rate of improvement of energy efficiency. The Global Launch of the UN Decade on SE4ALL (2014-2024) took place on 5 June 2014 in at the UN headquarters in New York. Read more here.
The Global Waster Water Initiative (GWI)
Wastewater is a global concern. Wastewater, when poorly managed leads to loss of ecosystem services and of economic opportunities. Wastewater-related emissions are more harmful than CO2, and affect climate change. It is against this background that, in May 2013, UNEP launched a multiple stakeholder platform, the GWI, to address these challenges, prompt coordinated action and encourage new investments in wastewater management. The GWI intends to bring a paradigm shift in world water politics; to prevent further pollution and damage and emphasize that wastewater is a valuable resource for future water security. Read more here and here.
The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) was launched in September 2008 to assist developing countries prepare and implement national REDD+ strategies. It builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Programme currently supports REDD+ readiness activities in 51 partner countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Read more here.