The United Nations Environment Programme’s New York Office is a devoted bridge builder, specialized in establishing and maintaining critical links with the UN Secretariat, UN organisations and entities headquartered in New York, Permanent Missions to the UN, civil society organizations, academic institutions and others.
It is part of the Executive Office of UN Environment and plays a crucial role in strategic policy guidance and advice in the broader context of sustainable development as defined by the UN system. With the adoption of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, the strategic engagement of the UN Environment NYO is even more relevant with the follow up and review of the new agenda and the strengthening of the links between the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP (UNEA) and NY based mechanisms, including the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).
The Office was established in 1973, months after the creation of UNEP, and served also as the Regional Office for North America (RONA) until 1999, when RONA moved to Washington DC. UN Assistant-Secretary-General Elliott C. Harris is the current Director of the UN Environment New York Office and Mr Jamil Ahmad is the Deputy Director of the Office.