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.
| Regional Consultation Meetings
Regional Consultation Meetings constitutes one of the main platforms for engagement with civil society at the regional level. They have served the purpose of capacity building and networking for the CSOs in the regions and Regional Offices.
Civil Society Organizations and their representatives are invited to convene two to three-day consultation meetings prior to the GCSF. During the Regional Consultation Meeting civil society representatives dialogue on environmental issues that will be discussed during the GC/GMEF and GCSF, and produces a regional statement. Representatives of major groups are also elected to attend the GCSF.
2015 Strategic Group Bulletin
UNEP Post 2015 Discussion Paper 1 (Version 2)