The Secretariat acts as the central coordination and facilitation office of the GRASP partnership. Together with the partners, it implements the partnership’s programme of work approved by the Council and reports back to the Executive Committee on a regular basis.

The key tasks include:

  • Facilitation and monitoring of GRASP projects implemented by field-based partners;
  • Management of the Secretariat-implemented projects;
  • Regular communication within the partnership on the latest news and developments;
  • Coordination of fundraising;
  • Organization and reporting of regular meetings, such as the Executive Committee and Council meetings;

The Secretariat is hosted by the UN Environment and UNESCO and is physically hosted by UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi.

The UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in addition to supporting quality education and freedom of expression, promotes cultural and natural heritage and equal dignity of all cultures. It also fosters scientific programs and policies as platforms for development and cooperation.

The core team of the Secretariat currently consists of the GRASP Coordinator (Officer in Charge) and Project Manager, the Associate Program Officer, and the Project Assistant, as well as short-term interns providing valuable periodic contributions to current activities.

JOHANNES REFISCH

GRASP Program