The Disasters and Conflicts programme is delivered through several key actors within UNEP, as well as a wide range of partner UN agencies and international organizations.

Key actors

The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit mobilizes and coordinates the international emergency response to acute environmental risks caused by conflicts, natural disasters and industrial accidents. The Unit is housed with the Office of the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, in Geneva, Switzerland, and works in close cooperation with the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch.

The Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative, a partnership whose members include UNEP, UNDP, OSCE, UNECE and REC, builds on the combined strengths and field presence of the lead organizations to perform three key functions: assessment of environment and security risks, capacity-building and institutional development to strengthen regional cooperation, and the integration of environmental and security concerns and priorities into international and national policy-making. ENVSEC projects are implemented in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The ENVSEC Secretariat is hosted by UNEP in Geneva, Switzerland.

The APELL (Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies on a Local Level) Programme works with communities in natural and hazard-prone areas, helping them prepare for and mitigate the environmental risks of industrial accidents. The programme is housed with UNEP in Paris, France.  

External partners

UN system:

OCHA

UN Country Teams

UN DOCO

UNDP

UN DPA

UN - HABITAT

UN Peacebuilding Commission

UNISDR

UNHCR

UNICEF

UNCCD

UNDAC

UNECE

UNESCO

UNOPS

UNOSAT

IOM

WHO

IASC

FAO

Basel Secretariat

Academic centres:

Wilson Center International Center for Scholars

The Earth Institute

University of California, Irvine

Environmental Law Institute

Duke University

University of Geneva Graduate Institute for International Studies

University of Maryland

McGill University

University of Oxford

Non-governmental organizations, institutes and 'think tanks':

IISD

Adelphi Research

Care International

ProAct Network

Stockholm Environment Institute

WWF

Global Witness

Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe

ICRC

Wildlife Conservation Society

World Agroforestry Institute

Wetlands International

IUCN

Member States, regional organizations and others:

World Bank

The European Commission

OSCE

Swedish Rescue Services Agency

Spiez Laboratory Switzerland