UN Environment Programme

UN Environnment Programme LogoWhat is the UN Environment Programme?

Founded in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment Programme or UNEP) is the voice for the environment within the UN system. UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Our mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Our work includes assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends; developing international and national environmental instruments; and strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.

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For the period 2018 – 2021 the focus areas of the organization are: climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, resource efficiency, and environment under review. In all of our work, we maintain our overarching commitment to sustainability

Work & priorities in our medium-term strategy

Read an overview of UNEP work from 2018

The UN Environment Programme Brussels Office


Established in April 2001, UNEP’s Brussels office works to promote and facilitate partnership-building and resource mobilization between UNEP and EU institutions and key EU stakeholders in view of implementing the environmental dimension of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda globally and in the EU.

Since April 2019, the office has been headed ad interim by Veronika Hunt Šafránková.

Partnership with EU institutions

UN Environment Programme has a strong partnership with the EU institutions focused on policy dialogue and programmatic cooperation. In 2004 it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the European Commission, and a joint statement in 2011. In 2014 UNEP and the European Commission have signed a renewed MoU complemented by an Annex in December 2015 setting out in more detail the areas of collaboration.

UNEP works closely with the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee and has a memorandum of understandings with the Committee of the Regions, the Joint Research Centre, and the European Environmental Agency.

UNEP also has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Secretariat of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.

Engaging major groups & stakeholders

UNEP is pleased to work with a number of major groups & stakeholders (MGS) active on environment for development in Brussels, both outside and inside the environment and development sectors.

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