Accreditation to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP


Major Groups bring their daily life matters and new perspectives into policy-making at international, national and local levels. As such the inclusion of Major groups and Stakeholders is paramount to environmental governance.

With this in mind, the Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch at UNEP is dedicated to strengthening its cooperation with Major Groups and Stakeholders and increasing transparency and their participation in intergovernmental decision making process.

Major Groups and Stakeholders can get directly involved with UNEP by applying for Accreditation to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP, which grants them observer status to UNEA. For more details on accreditation please see 'GET ACCREDITED' below.

UNEP also encourages interested Major Groups and Stakeholders to register at the UNEP Mailing List  which allows them to receive relevant information from UNEP that is available for dissemination to the public such as newsletters, journals and publications e.t.c


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What is a consultative status?

Accreditation will grant your organization consultative status at UNEP, within the rules of procedure of the UNEA. 

In the run-up to the sessions of the UNEA, accredited organizations of Major Groups have the opportunity to:


receive unedited working documents of the UNEA first-hand and at the same time as the Committee of the Permanent Representatives, and 

submit to the United Nations Environment Programme Secretariat written contributions to these unedited working documents which will then be distributed to Governments;


Advantages of being accredited

During the sessions of the UNEA, accredited organizations of Major Groups have the opportunity to: 
  • attend the Plenary, the Committee of the Whole and the Ministerial Consultations discussions as observers;
  • circulate written statements to Governments through the UNEP Secretariat; and
  • make oral statements during the discussions of the UNEA at the invitation of the chairperson.
For information on specific modalities to submit written inputs, please contact 

Get accredited!

Organizations who want to seize this opportunity and make their voice heard at UNEP, can find out more about the accreditation process in the "Modalities for accreditation of civil-society organizations to the   UNEA of the United Nations Environment Programme" 

Organizations who meet the accreditation criteria are invited to complete the Application form for Accreditation to the UNEA. 

Currently, 331 Major Groups and stakeholders’ organizations are accredited to the UNEA of UNEP: List of accredited organizations

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These publications provide additional Information for civil society organizations seeking to participate in UNEP’s work:

      Handbook for Stakeholder Engagement at UNEP

For over 40 years, civil society stakeholders have been key contributors to implementing the mandate of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP strives to ensure effective, broad and balanced participation of Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) as they play a central role in providing expertise and relevant knowledge. They also channel the voices of those most likely to be directly affected by environmental problems and related policies, and call needed attention to emerging issues as they reach out to their respective communities and the public at large. Increased demand for civil society engagement is a direct outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Download the handbook here

      Natural Allies: Engaging Civil Society in UNEP’s Work (2nd Edition)

“Natural Allies: Engaging Civil Society in UNEP’s Work” provides a clear picture of how civil society can and does work with UNEP, both benefiting from and strengthening UNEP’s programme of work. It assists civil society in catalysing the political and social changes needed for the acceleration of a transition to a resource efficient, low carbon, sustainable Green Economy in the 21st century.

    Intergovernmental negotiations and decision-making at the United Nations

This publication explains the governance and decision-making fora and processes of the UN system: the principal UN organs of decision-making, the negotiating blocs at the UN, the various types of documentation and the nature of UN decisions and the weight they carry internationally. Despite strict legal definitions, the nature and weight of UN decisions are often subject to interpretation by UN Member States in its deliberative processes.