The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.

From helping governments form national biodiversity strategies to driving innovation through the Green Economy Initiative, UNEP’s mission is to inspire and support nations and communities to improve their quality of life, without compromising that of future generations. To accomplish its mission, UNEP works with a wide range of partners, including United Nations entities, international organizations, national and sub-national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.

UNEP Presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Country level engagement by UNEP in Bosnia and Herzegovina dates back in 2009 when the agency started the implementation of a joint UN programme on environmental governance in BiH, while the UNEP Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina was opened in June 2010. Within the Regional Office for Europe, UNEP offices in Vienna and Sarajevo are assisting the implementation of UNEP’s Programme of Work in Bosnia Herzegovina and in South Eastern Europe as a whole.

Since then UNEP has successfully worked with the governments in BiH on a number of activities, including carrying out the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) process, which proved to be a long-needed and highly recognized intervention in the country toward its international environmental obligations, and the preparation of the first ever State of Environment Report (SoER) for Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as on several other projects dealing with implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and environmental governance. UNEP was also a proud organizer of the 2012 European celebration of the World Environment Day, hosted by the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.