The Civil Society Unit at UN Environment is committed to partnering with Major Groups and Stakeholders in order to ensure transparency and inclusiveness in the intergovernmental decision-making process at UN Environment. The Unit’s mandate is to engage with accredited civil society organizations such as not-for-profit organizations, networks and associations, that contribute valuable expertise and knowledge, play key advocacy functions and support the implementation of UN Environment’s mandate. They also channel the voices of those most likely to be directly affected by environmental problems and related policies, and call needed attention to emerging issues as they reach out to their respective communities and the public at large.

The collaboration between UN Environment and civil society continues to grow significantly. Currently, over 500 not-for profit organizations now have formal consultative and observer status with UN Environment. Organizations who want to seize this opportunity and make their voice heard at the UN Environment can get directly involved by applying for Accreditation to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UN Environment, which grants them observer status to UNEA.

For any further information which you are unable to find on our website, please contact the Civil Society Unit:

  • Mr. Alexander Juras, Chief and focal point for enquiries from Asia Pacific and Europe
  • Ms. Laetitia Zobel, focal point for enquiries from Latin America, West Asia and matters related to indigenous peoples
  • Mr. Isaiah Otieno, focal point for all enquires on Africa, mailing lists and the website