The work of the Evaluation Office promotes operational learning and provides evidence of results to meet accountability requirements.

The Evaluation Office conducts various types of evaluations and management studies in accordance with the requirements of the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Environment Governing Council and the Norms and Standards for Evaluation of the United Nations system.

Evaluations are conducted in an independent manner and the Evaluation Office reports on evaluation findings without interference. To give it independence from substantive Divisions and operational sub-programmes, the Evaluation Office Director reports to the Executive Director, and through the Executive Director, to the Governing Bodies - Committee of Permanent Representatives and United Nations Environment Assembly.

The Evaluation Office's main forms of evaluation, as stated in the Evaluation Policy, are:

  • higher level strategic and thematic evaluations, including evaluations of UN Environment's Medium-Term Strategy, its sub-programmes and country programmes;
  • operational assessments including project and portfolio evaluations and other studies of management interest; and
  • impact and influence evaluations.

All UN Environment evaluation reports can be searched on a database that includes all project and portfolio evaluations as well as Medium-Term Strategy Evaluations, Synthesis Reports and Sub-Programme Evaluations completed by the Evaluation Office. Search here.