The United Nations Environment/Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Joint Unit, also known as UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU), is housed within OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch in Geneva. Founded in 1994, it helps Member States prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies.
It is namely responsible for coordinating response and preparedness missions, leading training workshops, creating networks and providing preparedness tools. The team manages the EHA Connect digital tool, as well as the Environmental Emergencies Centre, which you are currently browsing.
By pairing UN Environment’s technical expertise with OCHA’s humanitarian response coordination structure, the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies. The JEU provides independent, impartial advice and practical solutions, while working with organizations dedicated to medium and long term rehabilitation to ensure a seamless transition from emergency response to recovery.