United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


UNEP is the United Nations' environment programme. UNEP has the mandate to assume leadership as a worldwide authority on the global environment. In this role, UNEP contributes to the global environmental agenda; promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the UN system; and serves the environment as an authoritative advocate.

UNEP sets international standards for environmental policy and gives direction to international action in this field based on scientific knowledge. Since Rio+20 and the elaboration of the SDGs, UNEP has played an important role in the implementation of the environmental dimension within the sustainable development framework of the 2030 Agenda.

UNEP works around 7 broad domains: climate, biodiversity, management of harmful substances and waste, prevention of natural disasters and environmental management in conflict situations, international environmental management, sustainable consumption and production, scientific knowledge and data management.

More precisely, UNEP's activities can be summarised as follows:

  • monitoring and evaluating global, regional and national environmental trends;
  • developing national and international instruments to tackle environmental problems;
  • supporting national institutions for well-founded environmental management;
  • facilitating the transfer of environmental science and technology in a sustainable development context; and
  • encouraging partnerships and new initiatives in the public, non-governmental and private sectors with a view to bringing the most pressing environmental problems to the attention of public authorities.

UNEP has an annual budget of approximately $450 million. Belgium has long been a loyal partner and contributes EUR 4 million a year on the basis of multi-year agreements. The Regions also support some UNEP programmes through specific programmes and projects.

The FPS Foreign Affairs manages the federal financial contribution to the organisation and monitors UNEP's operations from the Central Administration and the Belgian Permanent Representation in Nairobi, takes part in UNEP's governing bodies for this purpose and organises a bilateral meeting with the UNEP top management team every two years on average to monitor the agreements made in the present multi-year agreement.

More information on Belgium's partnership with UNEP
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