The Geneva Environment Network
Besides Nairobi, where UN Evironment has its headquarters, Geneva plays a major role in international environmental governance. The Regional Office for Europe of UN Environment as well as numerous organizations and secretariats have their headquarters in the International Environment House or in the Geneva area. These various groups have
combined to form a network, the "Geneva Environment Network", also know as "GEN".
The Geneva Environment Network (GEN) is a cooperative partnership of over 75 environment and sustainable development organizations based in the International Environment House and elsewhere in the Geneva area, including United Nations offices and programmes, non-governmental organizations, local authorities and academic institutions.
Set up in 1999, with the support of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, the GEN secretariat, led by the United Nations Environment Programme, actively promotes increased cooperation and networking between its members.
The GEN provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and for the development of synergies between projects. Another prime concern is to raise public awareness of global environmental problems and highlight measures that can be taken by individuals to protecta the environment.