UN Environment in South Africa

In 2009, UN Environment identified South Africa as a strategically important country to coordinate and support the activities of UN Environment in the Southern Africa region. This prompted the opening of the UN Environment office in Pretoria, South Africa.

The mandate of the office is to ensure coherence and coordination of the work of UN Environment and its strategic partners in South Africa in supporting the implementation of UN Environment’s Programmes as relates to its Medium Term Strategy, Programme of Work and the UN Environment Country Consolidated Programme Framework with South Africa (2017-2021)

Key priority areas:

  • Implementation of the Paris Agreement and climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • Domestication of the SDGs;
  • Transition to an inclusive and Green economy;
  • Protection of ecosystems and biodiversity;
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns and the Ten Year Framework Programme (10YFP);
  • Sustainable cities including air and water quality, health and sustainable transport;
  • Strengthening environmental governance;
  • More effective science-policy interface; and
  • Improved South-South cooperation.

Currently, the UN Environment is implementing projects in South Africa covering the above mentioned priority areas. The projects are funded by UN Environment and other donors such as the Government of South Africa, European Union, Swiss Economic Cooperation Organisation, Global Environment Facility, GIZ among others.


Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga

Head, UN Environment Office in South Africa, 
Regional Programme Coordinator, Southern Africa
Regional Office for Africa
Metro Park Building, Room 729
351 Francis Baard Street
P.O. Box 6541
Pretoria, South Africa
Tel: +27 12 354 8092