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Page Updated: 31-May-2011

Interaction with International Organizations

Regular contact with relevant international organizations is maintained to ensure awareness and coordination of related activities. Joint cooperative activities may also be undertaken if this is in the common interest of NATO and the other organizations. International organizations include:

  • the European Union ;
  • the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE);
  • the International Atomic Energy Agency;
  • the United Nations, especially the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Furthermore, NATO is associated member of the Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative, under which six international organizations (OSCE, UNDP, UNECE, UNEP, and the Regional Environmental Centre for Eastern Europe (REC)) coordinate their environmental activities. The Initiative is focused on four vulnerable regions: the Balkans, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia.

ENVSEC activities cover two phases: 1. assessment and consultation and 2. project initiation and fund raising.  For the first phase, ENVSEC facilitates regional meetings with the stakeholders, i.e. local experts, Non-Governmental Organzations (NGOs) and governmental representatives, as well as potential donors.

These meetings result in regional maps and work programmes addressing the environmental issues that are a threat to the security and/or an opportunity for cooperation. The second phase starts when these ENVSEC maps and work programmes have been endorsed by the governments concerned and ENVSEC partner organsations initiate projects and raise funds to tackle the identified issues.

NATO, as an associated member, contributes to the ENVSEC in capacity building and awareness raising by using its standard mechanisms for co-operative grants under the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme. NATO coordinates with ENVSEC its environmental activities that are aiming at enhancing the security in vulnerable regions and supports selected ENVSEC projects that are in line with NATO's geographical and thematic priorities.

ENVSEC publishes  annual progress reports describing all ongoing and completed activities, including the associated NATO SPS activities environmental security.

As of May 2011, NATO has contributed to ENVSEC priorties with 11 ongoing and 21 comlpeted activities.. Besides having a greater impact through coordination with the other ENVSEC Partner organisations and donors, these NATO activities also have a greater likelihood of sustainability .

More information is available at www.envsec.org