Civil Society

Civil society and stakeholders organizations are substantive partners and contributors to improving our understanding of the environment, and in developing innovative solutions to environmental challenges. UNEP deals with a wide range of partners who bring valuable expertise, research and advocacy skills. These include: women, children and youth, indigenous groups, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, the scientific and technological community, farmers, governments, Parliamentarians, and intergovernmental organizations, including UN agencies.

Since 2004, the Global Civil Society Forum (GCSF) preceding the annual UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) has become the core of UNEP’s engagement with civil society.

In Asia Pacific, civil society organizations are often at the forefront of generating awareness about environmental issues and campaigns, and grassroots projects. They also assist with the implementation and monitoring of Multilateral Environment Agreements, along with laws, regulations, and policies generated at the local and national levels.