Due to their complementary mandates in the fields of sustainable urban development and the global environment, UN-Habitat and UNEP have a long history of cooperation. Together, they have developed a joint work programme to mainstream environmental considerations into urban policymaking, to incorporate urban perspectives into environmental policymaking, and to highlight the linkages between local and global environmental issues.
Under this partnership, UNEP and UN-Habitat aim to provide improved and expanded services to local and national governments in the field of urban environment.
UNEP and UN-Habitat cooperate to enable cities to better assess and prioritize local environmental concerns and to have a voice in national and global environmental debates, in particular in such areas as climate change. Helping countries and cities to implement global standards, agreements and conventions enables them to better link local issues to global concerns. UNEP and UN-Habitat conduct joint activities on:
• Cities and climate change assessments
• Ecosystem-based adaptation in coastal cities
• Harnessing the mitigation potential of buildings, housing and construction
• Low carbon cities: the transport and urban planning dimension.