The Environmental Experts Hub: An Initiative of the UN Environment / OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) 

The Environmental Experts Hub (EE Hub) aims to provide practical guidance to experts deploying on environmental emergency preparedness and response missions through the UN Environment / OCHA Joint Unit (JEU). On this site, you will find all the necessary information, guidance, tools and training materials in preparation for deployment. Through the Hub, you will also be able to join our Community of Practice, an informal platform where experts can learn, share and keep in touch with the JEU and other environmental experts around the world.

The UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) is a partnership that pairs the environmental expertise of the United Nations Environment Programme with the humanitarian response coordination structure of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The Unit addresses the environmental impacts of sudden-onset disasters and accidents by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing response partners. It assists countries requesting assistance in preparedness and response to environmental emergencies. The JEU engages in over 15 different networks and partnerships, liaising closely with UN agencies, programmes and affiliated organizations, as well as regional organisations and member states. Private sector, industry groups, academic and research institutions are also well represented among JEU partners.

For more information about the JEU, please visit: http://www.unocha.org/unep and read our brochure here.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves 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.

UN Environment’s work is categorized into seven broad thematic areas: climate changedisasters and conflictsecosystem managementenvironmental governancechemicals and wasteresource efficiency, and environment under review .

For more information on UN Environment, please visit: https://www.unenvironment.org/

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA further ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. OCHA’s core mission includes: mobilizing and coordinating effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocating the rights of people in need; promoting preparedness and prevention; and facilitating sustainable solutions.

For more information on OCHA, please visit: http://www.unocha.org/

The Environmental Emergencies Centre (EEC) is an online preparedness tool designed to enable an effective response to environmental emergencies. The EEC is a one-stop-shop of information, tools, trainings and guidance relevant to the preparedness, prevention and response stages of an environmental emergency. Founded in 2012, the EEC is an initiative of the UN Environment / OCHA Joint Unit, developed in close coordination with the Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies. The EEC is a tool for communities and governments alike, seeking assistance through training, knowledge, experience and good practice sharing, to increase their preparedness to effectively respond when disasters strike. The EEC Online Learning Platform offers introductory and advanced courses on a variety of environmental emergency preparedness and response topics. Five online courses are available in multiple languages.

For more information about the EEC, please visit: http://www.eecentre.org/