The UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a Unit within the UN Environment’s Resources & Market Branch, based in Geneva, Switzerland, itself a Branch of one of the UN Environment’s eight core divisions, the Economy Division.

Being a global partnership between UN Environment and the financial sector, UNEP FI’s Work Programme is determined by a Global Steering Committee comprised of both Member institutions and UN Environment’s representatives, while broader strategic decisions are made in the context of the Initiative’s Annual General Meeting.

The UNEP FI’s day to day activities are run by a small Geneva-based Secretariat.


The Annual General Meeting is an assembly of all Members with the ultimate decision-making authority for UNEP FI. The Global Steering Committee oversees the strategic orientation of the Initiative and is composed of representatives from across the membership’s core constituencies. The Industry Committees (Banking, Investment and Insurance), with the Thematic Advisory Boards (Climate Change, Ecosystems, Positive Impact, Social Issues) and Regional Advisory Boards (Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America), constitute the operative component of the Initiative’s governance.