Our work in North America

The United Nations Environment Programme's (UN Environment) North America Office was established in Washington, D.C. in 2000. Our mission is to support UN Environment's work around the world by fostering cooperation and building partnerships between North American stakeholders and the broader international community to address pressing environmental issues. 

Through collaborating with the U.S. and Canadian governments, civil society, the private sector, academic and scientific communities, we seek to promote the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in a way that protects and restores the quality of the natural environment, improves the livelihoods of people and broadens the prospects for future generations. 

In North America, we work to: 

  • Inform and engage national and subnational governments in the work of UN Environment in the region;
  • Foster new partnerships and advance technological, intellectual and financial resources for local and international initiatives;
  • Facilitate connections with the private sector to increase participation by North American institutions in UN Environment’s industry-specific initiatives and programs;
  • Encourage the dynamic North American-based civil society to take an active role in UN Environment’s policy processes and overall activities;
  • Engage consumers to take action on key environmental challenges through public outreach campaigns.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) is hosted by UN Environment and based at its North America Office. The STAP is an advisory body to The Global Environment Facility and provides objective, strategic scientific and technical advice on policies, operational strategies, programs and projects; and, maintains a database of institutions, networks and individual scientists to provide the necessary expertise and advice.