We are a trusted partner

UN Environment is committed to efficiency and effectiveness to ensure best value for money. We work with multiple oversight bodies to help us achieve this. 

We apply a strong focus on results-based programming and learning lessons from our work. This is mirrored by our approach to evaluations – our independent Evaluation Office assesses our performance against the planned use of resources in our projects and programmes, providing accountability back to our funding partners. 

Our evaluations also enable us to continuously improve performance through the feedback and learning opportunities they provide, and by tracking the implementation of evaluation recommendations. This ensures that we are better positioned to address environmental challenges and ultimately contribute substantially to a healthier, more sustainable world for all. 

We collaborate closely with the United Nations Board of Auditors, the Office of Internal Oversight Services and other oversight mechanisms that provide independent expert advice and recommendations for improved efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and compliance with our regulations and rules. They also report on the health of our finances.

Our annual Programme Performance Report provides a transparent overview of our programme implementation and budget expenditure; demonstrates key results and successes; as well as outlines challenges faced. Our Annual Report puts a human face on our achievements by showing results from around the world. On the UN Environment Open Data portal we give more information about our projects.

As we continue to promote sustainability on the world stage, we do so also within the organisation and within the larger UN family. Since 2008, we have been climate neutral, offsetting our greenhouse gas emissions. We are the lead agency for environmental issues within the UN family with a mandate to provide guidance for the world on environmental issues and assist with environmental best practices in the UN. We provide the secretariat of the UN Environment Management Group, which is tasked with Greening the Blue - working towards climate neutrality within the whole UN system.