Preserving our environment for generations to come
UN City in Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the region. It is fitting then that the United Nations Environment Programme (formerly UNEP) is represented as one of the eleven agencies that call the building home.
Global environmental priorities
UN Environment was founded as a result of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972 and has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The agency is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority, setting the global environmental agenda, promoting the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serving as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
UN Environment’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
Its work is spread over seven key priorities:
Disasters and Conflicts
Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste
Environment Under Review
UN Environment has six regional offices and various country offices and collaborating centres.
Denmark goes green
In Denmark, UN Environment is represented by three collaborating centres, UNEP DTU Partnership and the Climate Technology Centre and Network at UN City and UNEP DHI on Water in Hørsholm.
UNEP DTU Partnership:
UNEP DTU Partnership is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. As a UN Environment collaborating centre, UNEP DTU Partnership is an active participant in both the planning and implementation of UN Environment’s Climate Change Strategy and Energy Programme.
Through in-depth research, policy analysis, and capacity building activities, the Partnership assists developing countries in a transition towards more low carbon development paths, and supports integration of climate-resilience in national development.
UNEP DTU Partnership itself comprises two Centres: Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with UN Environment is co-lead in the hosting and management of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The mission of the CTCN is to act as the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism to stimulate technology cooperation and to enhance the development and transfer of technologies to developing countries.
The CTCN assists developing country parties at their request, building or strengthening their capacity to prepare and implement technology projects that span the technology transfer continuum. The CTCN supports public and private sector action on mitigation and adaptation, enhancing low emissions and climate-resilient development in a manner consistent with the capabilities and priorities of countries.
UNEP DHI on water:
The UNEP-DHI centre is a UN Environment centre of expertise dedicated to improving the management, development and use of freshwater resources from the local to the global level. The Centre is hosted at DHI, an independent, international consulting and research-based not-for-profit foundation with offices in 26 countries, and more than 30 years of experience in water resources management.
Since its inception in 1996, UNEP-DHI has become a core resource for UN Environment’s work on freshwater issues and in delivering UN Environment’s Programmes of work. The Centre’s ability to draw on DHI’s expertise in water and project implementation, as well as those of a broad network of partners, is one of its greatest strengths.