Regional Seas Partners
The UN partners include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO/IOC), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Atomic Ernergy Agency (IAEA). Cooperation between the Regional Seas Programme and several UN bodies began in earnest with the development of the pollution monitoring and assessment programme (MEDPOL) in the mid-1970s.
The Regional Seas Programme works closely with several divisions and offices of UNEP, in particular: GPA/Land-based Activities, DELC, DEWA, DEPI, DRC and DTIE. These are some of the UNEP offices.
With nearly 30 years of experience, the Regional Seas Programme provides an operational platform on which to construct regional sustainable development, using the deliberations and results of WSSD as blueprint. Practically, it provides regional platforms for both implementation of the principles of sustainable development and for regional implementation of programmes and activities related to global conventions and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).
Inter-agency cooperation has been instrumental to development and implemenation of Regional Seas Action Plans and Conventions.There are several of these initiatives initiatives.
International non-governmental organizations provide a key link with regional, national and local constituencies. These include IUCN - The World Conservation Union and WWF International.
In several of the Regional Seas, strong regional organizations double as secretariats and implementing agencies for their respective Regional Seas programme.