Environment and Energy


One of Asia and the Pacific’s greatest challenges is sustaining economic growth and progress on human development while achieving environmental sustainability. The region is home to 53 percent of the world's population and some of the world's fastest-growing economies. The combined pressures of economic growth, rapid industrialization and urbanization, climate change, pollution and increasing demand for natural resources make more inclusive and green economic development imperative for the region. More

Our Goals

UNDP strengthens national capacity to address these challenges in Asia and the Pacific at the local, national and regional levels. We support countries to preserve and sustainably use natural assets for achieving sustainable development outcomes, prepare and implement climate resilient development strategies and shift to lower-carbon pathways.more

Clean Energy

A family using solar energy in generating power in Tarialan soum, Uvs Province, Mongolia. Photo: Eskender Debebe/UNDP

Our Stories

  • The cookstove production training provided by UNDP and GERES has allowed Sous Chamroeun to increase her monthly income by almost 50 percent. Photo: Seth Chase

    Women entrepreneurs in Cambodia embracing green growth

    Cooking is essential–and what you cook with, too. In Cambodia, women entrepreneurs are taking up cookstove production, making hundreds of improved cookstoves every month, reducing theirmore

  • Abdul Shukoor leading the way to the tortoise habitat. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2013.

    Maldives: Of Tortoise and Men

    Abdul Shukoor pushes aside the strap-shaped leaves of the pandanus tree, and his eyes light up in excitement. “Look!” he says with a beaming smile, as he takes in the sight of several tortoise nestled near the muddy base of the tree’s rooted trunk.more

  • Villagers learnt how to measure trees, slopes and stems

    Global initiative offers hope for hill tribe in Viet Nam

    Like most of the K'Ho ethnic minority people living Preteng village, in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam, K'Sau is a person of the forest. The 30-years-old man and his family fully depend on the forests, more

Our Perspective

Saving the imperiled Hamouns of Eastern Iran | Gary Lewis

“Angels will kiss the hands of those who help us,” the man said. The face behind the handshake was grizzled and weathered with leathery skin that bespoke years of harshness. The fisherman’s eyes welled with suppressed tears. He yearned for a time when his life was one of plenty. Lakes brimmed with water and fish, his children were happy, and life was good. more