Intergovernmental Processes

Beyond European environmental policies, the EEB engages in regional and international fora where solutions for environmental problems are developed. We aim to ensure that the role played by the EU and its Member States is constructive, and that the EU acts as a leader in advancing international environmental policies. Moreover, we ensure that a European civil society perspective is included in intergovernmental processes.

Key fora with which we engage are the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at regional and global level, the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). In all cases, the EEB voices civil society concerns and contributes to strengthen international environmental law and policies.

The EEB follows up on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High Level Political Forum (HLFP). This intergovernmental body convenes every year in New York under the auspices of the UN. Civil society has a key role to play, for instance, in monitoring governments and their implementation of the SDGs when they report about the progress made.

The OECD can play an important role in developing the necessary policies to change unsustainable production and consumption patterns in its member countries, the leading industrialised nations in the world. The EEB monitors the work of this body, facilitates the participation of NGOs from throughout the OECD countries in the organisation’s main environment-related working areas and processes, and raises concerns when environmental issues are not addressed effectively.


193 states

worldwide have committed to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030

238 env. organisations

environmental organisations are accredited at UNEP’s NGO Major Group to influence international environmental policies

Library for Intergovernmental Processes