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The region, which counts 54 countries, is home to some of the wealthiest nations of the world, while others continue to experience extreme poverty and environmental degradation. More than 100 million people in the region still do not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, while one third of the population lives in countries where water resources are under substantial pressure. Seventy percent of Europe’s river basins are transboundary. In such a context, cross-border cooperation on ecosystem management is imperative.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Europe Office covers 55 countries* in the pan-European region, which includes the Central Asian plains and spans from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Arctic Ocean.
The UNEP Europe Office’s main goal is to provide guidance to national governments at various levels, and to take part in the dialogue on environmental issues between governmental authorities, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders. We encourage closer cooperation between the main actors in the region, implement projects and provide scientific and legal expertise on challenges facing Europe’s environment. We also undertake awareness-raising initiatives and campaigns, giving Europeans the chance to act towards a greener region while improving the quality of their lives.
We host the Geneva Environment Network, the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention) and the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention).
We also lead an Issue-Based Coalition (IBC) on Environment and Climate Change. IBCs see UN agencies coordinate their support to governments towards the Sustainable Development Goals. For more information — including on the COVID-19 response — click here.
* All European Union member states, in addition to Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, the Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.
Regional Office for Europe
Director: Mr. Bruno Pozzi
International Environment House - UNEP Europe Office
Chemin des Anemones 11
UN Environment Programme
Avenue de la Paix, 8-14
CH-1211 Geneva 10
The UNEP Europe Office is based in Geneva at the International Environment House, which is also home to UNEP’s Operational Services Center, as well as other teams of the organisation:
The International Environment House hosts a number of environmental secretariats and programmes: