Environment Liaison Centre international (ELCI) is a global membership organization, bringing together over 800 civil society organization (CSO) members from all the continents of the world. ELCI was conceived at the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in 1972 in Stockholm (also known as The Stockholm Conference), Sweden, under the auspices of the United Nations. It brought States together in proclaiming that preservation of the environment is essential to the continued enjoyment of life itself. The Stockholm Conference proposed a specialized agency within the UN Secretariat to facilitate coordinated efforts among States towards protection of the environment. As a result, in 1973 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was established by a resolution of the General Assembly, and its base established in Nairobi, Kenya.

At the same conference, the Environment Liaison Board (ELB) was agreed upon and established to facilitate civil society liaison with UNEP, and Cyril Ritchie became the first Chairman. ELB was established in Nairobi alongside UNEP, and was later renamed Environment Liaison Centre, and then re-registered as Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) in 1976, and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

The mandate of ELCI is to link environmental CSOs world-wide, enabling them to establish a common position and forge strong cases for the environment and sustainable development in international negotiations. This role entails strengthening communication and co-operation between CSOs and communities working on environment and sustainable development, strengthening their conservation and advocacy capacities, and facilitating their active participation in national and international negotiations on environment and sustainable development.

Currently, ELCI’s work is organised within the following themes:

Natural Resource Management

ELCI has curved a niche programming in developing and expanding a constituency comprising civil society organizations, private sector organizations and government agencies, with capacity to mount programmes that strengthen livelihoods using environmental goods, while enhancing sustainability of the same goods.

Climate Change

ELCI has carved a niche programming to influence energy, industry and land use practices as the means to slow down climate change.

Environmental Governance

ELCI has curved a niche programming to strengthen input into the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and other environmental governance frameworks.