Africa

UN Environment’s Africa Office is supporting the continent’s journey towards sustainable development.

Over 70 per cent of people living in sub-Saharan Africa depend on forests and woodlands for their livelihoods

Africa is home to some 30 per cent of the world’s mineral reserves

The Challenge
Africa faces serious environmental challenges, including land degradation, deforestation, biodiversity loss and extreme vulnerability to climate change.

But the region – which is home to roughly 15 per cent of the world’s population as well as some of its most iconic species – has enormous potential for sustainable growth and environmental conservation.

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What you can do

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This year, join us to help #BeatPlasticPollution!

Seventh Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

This Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), under the overarching theme "Turning Environmental Policies into Action through Innovative Solutions” will take place at the headquarters of the United Nations… Learn more
  • About this office
  • Our team

UN Environment’s Africa Office is located in Nairobi, Kenya. We also have a sub-regional office for West Africa in Côte d'Ivoire, a liaison office in Ethiopia and an office in South Africa.

We work closely with the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which was established in 1985 following a conference of African ministers of environment held in Cairo, Egypt. 

Read more about our office, or browse previous editions of our newsletter.

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UN Environment, Africa Office

NOF Block 2, Level 1, South-Wing
P.O. Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, KENYA

Our office is led by Regional Director Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, a native of Benin. A full list of our team members is available here.