UNEP works across all Global Environment Facility focal areas, with project portfolios in Biodiversity, Chemicals & Waste, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Mitigation, Cross-cutting Capacity Development, International Waters and Land Degradation.
Each focal area is supported by our programmes in complementary areas and backed by our team of over 1,000 in-house experts, who work with a worldwide network of partners to build the public momentum and institutional foundations for change, while developing, testing and sharing innovative, data-driven solutions to environmental challenges.
As a science-based organisation with over 45 years’ experience leading the global environmental agenda, UNEP combines cutting-edge environmental research capacity with deep expertise in policy development, institutional strengthening and advocacy to ensure our partners on Global Environment Facility projects achieve measurable impacts and sustainable change.
Supporting Multilateral Environmental Agreements
With its unique role as the peak environmental body of the United Nations, UNEP leverages its convening power to drive environmental action from the global to the local level. UNEP has played a leading role in developing, negotiating, and implementing a wide range of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and currently hosts 11 MEAs (including three for which the GEF is the financial mechanism) and six Regional Seas Conventions.
Where we work
UNEP works worldwide, with our headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya – making us one of only two UN programmes headquartered in the developing world. We have regional offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and West Asia, and more than 12 sub-regional and programme offices globally.
Together with the Global Environment Facility we have implemented projects in more than 150 countries. Our current GEF-supported portfolio includes over 130 projects around the globe.