UNEP is a very important partner to FEE in the promotion of sustainable development through environmental education.
UNEP and FEE initiated cooperation in 1996, informing the public about eco-tourism with the Blue Flag's example and extending the principles of the Programme to non-European regions. With the support of UNEP, FEE was able to start the implementation of the Blue Flag Programme in the Caribbean and South East Asia. UNEP is participating in the International Blue Flag Jury.
In 2003, UNEP and FEE signed an official “Memorandum of Understanding” (MoU) stating that UNEP and FEE will collaborate on all relevant areas of common interest related to environmental education on prioritized issues and programmes.
Eco-Schools is recognised in the MoU as among UNEP’s preferred global model programmes for environmental education, management, sustainability, and certification at the international level.
UNESCO is a very important partner to FEE in the promotion of sustainable development through environmental education.
UNESCO is currently organizing the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), where FEE is an active player through the delivery of our five environmental education programmes.
UNESCO and FEE have cooperated for various years through the participation of UNESCO in the International YRE Jury.
In 2010, FEE formalised its connection with UNESCO through the "NGO in official relations with UNESCO" partnership.