Funding and partnerships

For five decades, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been a leading advocate for the environment, a steadfast partner and a trusted adviser with a mission to inform, enable and inspire nations and peoples to improve their quality of life – without compromising that of future generations.

UNEP monitors the state and health of the planet, ensures that science remains at the centre of decision-making processes, and that environmental rule of law continues to underpin global environmental governance.

Together with its partners, UNEP has made significant progress, yet there is no denying that today, environmental challenges have reached unprecedented levels. Unsustainable patterns of consumption and production have led to the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste.

The science is clear: human health, prosperity, equity and peace are all under threat. We must urgently transform our economies and societies – and our relationship with nature.

UNEP is here to lead this transformation with its 193 Member States, and in partnership with other
UN agencies and stakeholders. With its experience, expertise, dynamic programmes and forward-thinking strategy, and with its dedicated staff, UNEP is uniquely positioned to be your partner in addressing and reversing the triple planetary crisis.

As UNEP relies on voluntary contributions for 95 per cent of the funding, the work is made possible by partners who fund and champion its mission.

The Environment Fund is UNEP's core source of flexible funds, providing the bedrock of the work worldwide.

In addition, earmarked funds (funds given or "earmarked" to a specific project, theme, country etc.) enable UNEP to expand and replicate the programme in more countries and with more partners. Main providers of earmarked funds include the Global Environment Facility, the Green Climate Fund and the European Commission.

Around the world, UNEP works in partnerships with governments, the scientific community, the private sector, civil society, and other United Nations entities and international organizations. UNEP brings together partners to agree on solutions to our common environmental challenges, for example through the UN Environment Assembly

Read more in the booklet UNEP - Your Partner for People and Planet


UNEP and China strengthen cooperation to tackle triple planetary crisis

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China (MEE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to step up joint efforts to address the triple planetary crisis of

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For more information on how to contribute funds to UNEP, please contact unep-environmentfund[at]un.org