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David Jensen
Head of ECP

Matti Lehtonen
Inter-Agency Affairs

Andrew Morton
Greening of Peacekeeping

Dag Seierstad
Extractive Resources
and Environmental Change

Pauliina Upla
Environmental Peacebuilding

Katrine Sorensen
Renewable Energy

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on Conflict and Peacebuilding

The Programme has established partnerships with the key UN entities addressing conflict prevention, mediation, and peacebuilding. These partnerships are:

  • EU-UN Partnership on Land, Natural Resources and Conflict Prevention: Seven United Nations agencies and departments (UNEP, UNDP, UNHABITAT, PBSO, DPA, DESA and IOM), coordinated by the UN Framework Team for Preventive Action, have partnered with the European Union (EU) to help countries identify, prevent or transform tensions over natural resource as part of conflict prevention and peacebuilding programmes:
  • Global Research Programme on Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Natural Resources: The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Universities of Tokyo and McGill initiated a global research programme to collect lessons learned and good practices on managing natural resources during post-conflict peacebuilding. This four-year research project has yielded more than 150 peer-reviewed case studies and analyses by over 230 scholars, practitioners, and decision makers from 55 countries. In their diversity and number, the books represent the most significant collection to date of experiences, analyses, and lessons in managing natural resources to support post-conflict peacebuilding. For more information on these publications please click here or visit the partnership’s page.
  • Natural Resources and Peacebuilding (UNEP and PBSO): Following the creation of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), a partnership was developed with UNEP on natural resources and peacebuilding. The partnership aimed to clarify the risks and opportunities between natural resources and peacebuilding, in order to inform UN policies and field programmes. This resulted in a policy report signed by the two organizations, joint presentations to the Working Group on Lessons Learned of the Peacebuilding Commission, and field assessments in Sierra Leone and Central African Republic. 
  • Greening Peacekeeping Operations (UNEP, DPKO and DFS): These three organizations have collaborated for nearly 10 years, from the development and adoption of the Environmental Policy for UN Field Mission to policy implementation in the field.  The latest product of this partnership is the milestone policy implementation review report, titled: “Greening the Blue Helmets: Environment, Natural Resources and UN Peacekeeeping Operations”. The recommendations from this 2012 report form the basis of the new five year technical cooperation framework which aims to ensure systematic policy implementation across all peacekeeping missions.
  • Mediating resource conflicts (UNEP and DPA): Collaboration between these two partners focuses on jointly developing a UN guidance note on mediating conflicts over specific natural resources as well as addressing natural resources within peace mediation processes. Over 30 professional mediators and associated experts have been involved in the process.
  • Women and natural resources in  peacebuilding (UNEP - UN Women - PBSO - UNDP):  UNEP has established a partnership with UN Women, PBSO and UNDP to support the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and other decisions on women, peace and security by: (i) improving the understanding of the complex relationship between women and natural resources in conflict-affected settings, and (ii) making the case for pursuing gender equality, women’s empowerment and sustainable natural resource management together in support of improved peacebuilding outcomes. This collaboration has resulted in a joint policy report, released on 6 November 2013.
  • Livelihood Security: Climate change, migration and conflict in the Sahel (UNEP, IOM, UNU, OCHA, CILSS): UNEP, along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations University (UNU), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) established a partnership to look into historical climate trends in the Sahel region and to determine the potential implications for resource-dependant livelihoods, looking at migration and conflict-related issues. As a result of this partnership, the report Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel was published in December 2011.
  • UNEP-UNDP Joint Initiative on DDR and Natural Resource Management: A cooperative initiative on DDR and Natural Resource Management was established between UNEP and UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR). The goal of this joint initiative is to clarify the linkages between DDR and natural resources in order to inform the UN policy on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration and the Integrated DDR Standards, and to identify relevant entry points for natural resources in future UNDP and DPKO DDR programming.
  • UNEP Expert Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding (UNEP - IISD): The Expert Group was established by UNEP, in cooperation with the Environment and Security programme of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The ten senior members of the Expert Group represent a diverse range of professional and geographic backgrounds. Each provides an authoritative perspective on a broad scope of issues related to natural resources, conflict and peacebuilding as well as the support of an extensive professional network, influential institutions, and respected specialists.
  • E-learning modules and training programmes: UNEP has collaborated with UNITAR, the UN Staff College and IISD in the design of e-learning modules and training programmes.  One training area focuses on environment, natural resources and UN peacekeeping while the other focuses on land, natural resources and conflict prevention. For more information please visit the Training page.