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The network

The Geneva Environment Network

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 (UNEP), actively promotes increased cooperation and networking between its members.

Besides Nairobi, where UNEP has its headquarters, Geneva plays a major role in international environmental governance. The Regional Office for Europe of UNEP as well as numerous organizations and secretariats have their headquarters in the International Environment House or in the Geneva area.