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

UNEP’s Post-conflict and Disaster Management Branch has established partnerships with a wide range of international and national actors, including: National governments, the European Union, the World Bank, the UN system, academic and research institutions and major non-governmental organizations.