Accreditation with UN Environment Programme will enable you to participate in the sessions of the UN Environment Assembly as well as its subsidiary organs. Organizations are encouraged to send accreditation requests as soon as they can for the requests to be processed in time.
In practical terms, this means that in the run-up to the sessions of the UN Environment Assembly and the Assembly itself, accredited organizations of Major Groups have the opportunity to:
- Receive unedited working documents of the UN Environment Assembly first-hand and at the same time as the Committee of the Permanent Representatives, and
- Submit to UN Environment written contributions to these unedited working documents
- Participate in all public meetings of the UN Environment Assembly subsidiary organs such as the Committee of Permanent Representatives
- Make oral and written contributions to these meetings.
During the sessions of the UN Environment Assembly, accredited organizations of Major Groups can:
- Participate in the Plenary, the Committee of the Whole and the Ministerial Consultations discussions as observers;
- Circulate written statements to Governments through the UN Environment Secretariat; and
- Make oral statements during the discussions of the UN Environment Assembly
UN Environment strives to ensure an effective, inclusive and balanced participation of Non-Governmental Organizations as they play a central role in providing expertise and scientific knowledge, informing governments of local needs and opinions, as well as identifying the “on the ground” realities of policy decisions. UN Environment applies the Major Groups approach outlined in Agenda 21 and engages with nine categories of stakeholders represented by not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations, namely: Farmers, Women, Scientific and Technological Community, Children and Youth, Indigenous Peoples and their Communities, Workers, and Trade Unions, Business and Industry, Non-governmental Organizations, and Local Authorities.
In order for Civil Society Organizations to engage in the governance of UN Environment, they need to be accredited to UN Environment. Non-governmental organizations must successfully meet the requirements of the accreditation process before being granted observer status to the United Nations Environment Assembly, UN Environment and its subsidiary organs such as the Committee of Permanent Representatives.
For information on specific modalities to submit written inputs, please contact unenvironment-civilsociety[at]un.org
What you need to get accredited!
The following documents are required to get accredited to the UN Environment Assembly:
- Create an account on UNEP Accreditation Portal here
- Fill the fields in the form in the portal following this user manual
- Attach letter requesting accreditation on the organization’s letterhead signed and dated;
- Attach certified copy of constitution/charter and/or statutes/by-laws and amendments to those documents, and list of partners if any;
- Attach certified copy of the certificate of registration which must include a stamp of the government authority that issued it;
- Attach proof of non-profit-making status, e.g. registration certificate and/or tax exemption certificate;
- Attach proof of engagement in the field of environment e.g. annual reports; conference and seminar reports; recent press releases and copies of media statements; newsletters and other periodicals;
- Account of the international scope of its activities; such as headquarters and regional offices in different countries, evidence of engagement in more than one country, evidence of engagement with international organizations, activities that have an impact beyond one country.
- Submit the request through the portal.
- You can track your submission though the portal to find out at what stage it is at.
Find a list of accredited organizations here
For further information or if you would like to submit your accreditation request, please contact us at [email protected].
Handbook for stakeholder engagement at the UN Environment
UN Environment strives to ensure an effective, broad and balanced participation of Major Groups and Stakeholders as they play a central role in providing expertise and relevant knowledge. They also channel the voices of those most likely to be directly affected by environmental problems and related policies and calls needed attention to emerging issues as they reach out to their respective communities and the public at large. Increased demand for civil society engagement is a direct outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Download the handbook here.