Our work in North America

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) North America Office was established in Washington, D.C. in 2000. Our mission is to support UNEP's work around the world by fostering cooperation and building partnerships between North American stakeholders and the broader international community to address pressing environmental issues.  

Through collaboration with the U.S. and Canadian governments, civil society, the private sector, and academic and scientific communities, we seek to promote the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in a way that protects and restores the quality of the natural environment, improves the livelihoods of people, and broadens the prospects for future generations.  

In North America, we work to:  

  • Inform and engage national and subnational governments in our work in the region; 
  • Develop new strategic partnerships and advance technological, intellectual, and financial resources; 
  • Work with the private sector to increase participation by North American institutions in UNEP’s industry-specific initiatives and programs; 
  • Encourage North American-based civil society to take an active role in UNEP’s policy processes and overall activities;
  • Convene dialogues between diverse stakeholders to generate progress on regional agendas; and,
  • Inspire individuals to take action on key environmental challenges through public outreach campaigns and initiatives. 

The Secretariat of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), hosted by UNEP, is also based at the North America Office. STAP is an independent panel of experts which provides strategic and operational advice on science and technological matters to the Governing Council and Secretariat of The Global Environment Facility (GEF).