United Nations Environment

United Nations Environment

Who We Are

United Nations Environment is the leading global authority on the environment, setting global environment goals, promoting within the UN system actions for the environment that will lead to sustainable development and serving as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. 

UN Environment works through its Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, supporting 21 countries and 14 dependencies of the Caribbean including Guyana. We work with governments, and other local and international partners to ensure that the Caribbean countries achieve their national objectives for the environment.

What We Do

UN Environment conducts its work in seven key areas including:

  1. Climate Change - UN Environment helps countries explore low-emission development opportunities and strengthen their ability to adapt and be resilient in light of the changing climate. In doing so we help countries achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, and Goal 13 – Climate Action.
  2. Disasters/Conflict - We support governments and other stakeholders to help minimize the threats to human well-being from environmental causes and the consequences of disasters and conflicts, while helping them to build resilience to future crises.
  3. Ecosystem Management - UN Environment helps governments, the private sector and communities to resolve competing and growing demands for ecosystem goods and services, such as water and food, with biodiversity conservation and the long-term functioning of ecosystems. Through our support, ecosystems can be managed sustainably, while also saving money.
  4. Environmental Governance - When we come together to responsibly manage our environment, everyone can live in safe and healthy societies. That is why UN Environment works with countries and organizations to promote stronger institutions and partnerships and to strengthen foundational laws which will promote citizen's environmental rights and combat environmental crime.
  5. Chemicals and Waste - Chemicals and waste are integral to our life, but will also have major impacts on the environment and human health if not managed responsibly. UN Environment catalyzes action by helping governments, civil society and the private sector develop the science, policies, and legal and institutional frameworks for sound chemicals and waste management
  6. Resource Efficiency - UN Environment supports countries, the private sector and other stakeholders to adopt sustainable consumption and production practices as well as policies that support this transition. While improving human well-being, Ecosystem Management ensures that economic growth will not be dependent on unsustainable resource use or cause negative environmental impacts.
  7. Environment Under Review - Integrated assessments, Big Data, sensor technologies and citizen science help to continuously keep the environment under review. Policymakers need such information to develop policies contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.  Environment Under Review bridges the gap between producers and users of environmental intelligence and empowers governments/ stakeholders in evidence-based decision-making.

More information on UN Environment can be found here.