Governments turn to UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for guidance and solutions, and for support in building their capacity. We help countries integrate environmental sustainability into development and investment planning. Thanks to our support, many countries have stronger environmental institutions, better legal instruments, enhanced technical capacity, greater knowledge, greener investments and better cross-border collaboration.
By bringing people from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector together, we encourage discussions and enable the sharing of ideas, technology, innovations and lessons learned.
With our support, including as an implementing agency, many countries benefit from substantial contributions from major environmental funds such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
We are also appreciated for the free access to environmental information, for providing tools such as integrated environmental assessments, for enabling South-South cooperation, and for education and awareness-raising campaigns.
We are engaged in numerous partnerships and initiatives with wide scope, including the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the Finance Initiative, the Global Peatlands Initiative, the Cool Coalition, the Poverty-Environment Initiative and subsequent Poverty-Environment Action, the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), the Climate Technology Centre and Network, and the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration.
One of our major achievements since our creation in 1972 has been the initiation, negotiation and implementation of a large number of multilateral environmental agreements, bringing together nations and the environmental community to tackle the challenges of our time. These global environmental agreements complement and guide national legislation and bilateral or regional agreements by forming the overarching international legal basis for global efforts to address particular environmental issues.
We provide the secretariat for 14 multilateral environmental agreements. These conventions concern a wide range of environmental issues such as emissions, hazards of chemicals, protection of biodiversity, protection of endangered and migratory species, protection of oceans, protection of the ozone layer, and more. They enable countries to put in place sound and effective environmental policies and legislation. In addition, we provide programmatic support to several other conventions.