Partnership Building

UNEP's approach to environmental sustainability revolves around the creation of effective partnerships as a means to educate, exchange best practices and communicate key information. 

UNEP works with a range of partners to combine and leverage the strengths and interests of governments with the strengths of other UN agencies, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, media and the public towards common goals for mutual benefit. Our aim is to shift national economies onto a new path where jobs and growth are driven by increased investment in green sectors, and supported by an increase of consumers’ preferences for environmentally friendly goods and services. The realisation of this goal will require the collective vision and collaboration of a diverse group of stakeholders, including:

UN agencies

UNEP works with UN agencies and programmes to advance efforts on sustainable development. This includes the joint partnership between UNEP and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and others.

The Private sector

Our work engages a range of international business organisations and industry associations to promote sustainable consumption and production and corporate environmental and social responsibility principles, policies, strategies and practices. Work programmes focus on new business models, management tools and approaches, and capacity building.


UNEP partners closely with governments encouraging and supporting the development and implementation of effective policies to promote sustainable consumption and production and accelerate the shift towards more resource efficient economies and sustainable lifestyles.

Non-governmental organisations and academia

Civil Society including non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are important stakeholders and provide active support in implementing SCP projects and initiatives. Scientists, academics and researchers provide scientific knowledge and data on the environmental and social impacts of the extraction, manufacturing and use of resources, and of patterns of consumption and production. They are key partners in developing new approaches to promote SCP and resource efficiency, including work areas such as life cycle thinking, eco-innovation, indicators, and conceptual work on decoupling.

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