Environmental security initiative

The mission of ENVSEC is to contribute to the reduction of environment and security risks through strengthened cooperation among and within countries in four regions: Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, and South-Eastern Europe. 

The Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) is a partnership of five international organizations – UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the Regional Environment Center for Central Asia and Eastern Europe (REC) – with specialized but complementary mandates and expertise that provides an integrated response to environment and security challenges.

Since its establishment in 2003, ENVSEC has helped governments identify common challenges in the field of environment and security, and take joint transboundary action to address these challenges in order to turn environmental cooperation into a solid pillar of strengthened peace and security. The ENVSEC Initiative works with government institutions, civil society organizations, stakeholders and experts of relevant ministries. 

In 2015, the ENVSEC Initiative strengthened its thematic focus, programming and financial basis and outreach. The Initiative also actively engaged with traditional and new donors, and developed partnership programmes. UNEP as the 2015 Chair of ENVSEC developed two strategic initiatives: 

  • The High-level policy dialogue, with the mission to connect ENVSEC to the plethora of policy-making institutions across the pan-European region, identify common areas of intervention, and bring ENVSEC into the spotlight by connecting it to the most reputable fora that Europe has to offer;  
  • The Geneva Science-Policy Platform on Environment and Security (GSPP), a forum where the leading scientific thought would meet with the decision-making community, to serve as a network supplying knowledge and technical expertise for new approaches in confronting existing and emerging challenges in the field of environment and security. The GSPP was launched on November 17, 2015 in Geneva, in the margins of the Geneva Peace Week, with the participation of high-level guests from the missions accredited in Geneva, ENVSEC partner agencies, international organizations, and the academia, represented by the University of Geneva. 

For more information, please see the ENVSEC website