The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment or UNEP) coordinates the development of the global environment programme and supports strengthening the environmental work in development countries. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency supports UN Environment’s work in different ways.
UN Environment was established by the United Nation General Assembly right after the first global environment conference, the Stockholm Conference in 1972. UN Environment shall act as the United Nations leading body for the environmental sector. Around 190 countries are members in UN Environment. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is supporting with its expertise the Ministry of Environment and Energy regarding the Swedish work with UN Environment.
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is especially interested in issues regarding the evaluation of the state of the environment and the ability to forecast environmental degradation in an early state. This is also part of the report on the state of the environment worldwide, the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO), which UN Environment publishes every fifth year.
”Parthership for an environmentally sustainable One UN”, in cooperation with Sustainable UN and UN Environment, is a sub programme of Swedish EPA’s Global Programme, financed by Sida.
The sub programmes objective is to support UN agencies with the implementation of environmental management system. The ultimate long-term desired impact of this sub programme is that UN agencies have reduced their negative environmental impact and enhanced their positive environmental impact.
In 2016 the Sustainable UN team – which the Swedish EPA experts are part of - and the Issue Management Group (IMG) for Environmental Sustainability Management, received the Secretary-General’s Award for “Greening the UN”. The United Nations Secretary-General Awards recognize ‘the outstanding work of UN staff who have contributed above and beyond the call of duty or advanced projects with great impact and innovative potential’.