United Nations Environment Programme

We work with countries that are emerging from crisis to help them strengthen environmental management and address environmental risks that could have serious social and economic impacts.

Our assistance enables countries to recover sustainably while building resilience to future crises.

While natural resources are key to achieving sustainable development, they are also increasingly acting as drivers of fragility, conflict and violence. Our Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding programme supports domestic, regional and international efforts to consolidate peace by providing expertise on the conflict risks and peacebuilding opportunities associated with natural resources and the environment.

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The Human Right to Water

Geneva – Water is essential to human health, livelihoods and sustainable poverty alleviation. For conflict-affected countries, safe access to water and sanitation plays a critical role in meeting basic human…

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UN Environment's work in the field of recovery covers many different facets, from post-crisis country recovery programmes to work under UN Environment's Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding programme. Read our latest reports and publications. Learn more


Supporting countries to effectively address conflict risks and peacebuilding opportunities from natural resources requires a strategy that goes well beyond the mandates and capacities of individual UN agencies. Learn more

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Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit
For emergencies only: +41 22 917 2010 (OCHA Duty Officer)