Environment & Energy

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Low-carbon alternatives for blowing agents in foam sector

UNDP has been at the forefront of technology demonstration projects to replace ozone-depleting substances since 1992 and has been implementing demonstration projects in all regions and all sectors. UNDP is assessing relatively new technological developments that have not or scarcely been usedmore

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25 years of the Montreal Protocol

  This publication is intended to give a snapshot of the work carried out by UNDP to support the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and features some prominent examples of UNDP support at the country level from 2001 till July 2012. The human development impacts are many and UNDP has beenmore

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Transforming On-Grid Renewable Energy Markets

This report provides an overview of UNDP-GEF’s extensive work supporting the development of national renewable energy regimes based around feed-in tariffs. In these activities UNDP-GEF assists developing countries to assess key barriers and risks to technology diffusion, and then to identify a mixmore

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Catalysing Ocean Finance

The world’s oceans and coastal areas are an integral part of life on earth. They are under significant threat, whether that be from pollution, overexploita­tion, habitat loss, invasive species, or climate change.   Catalysing Ocean Finance demonstrates that, far from being an intractablemore

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Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin (Issue 10)

This bulletin provides an overview of UNDP-GEF’s support to countries to affect policy and institutional change for climate change adaptation at the national, sub-national and community-levels. Issue 10 features stories from Albania and Armenia, as well as an article on supporting countries tomore

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The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize

The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Since 2002, the Equator Prize has been awarded to 127more

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Fast Facts: Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Human survival and wellbeing depend upon biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, and the goods and services they provide—such as food, medicines, crop pollination, filtration of pollutants, and protection from natural disasters. This contribution is neither fully recognized nor valued in markets.more

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Ecosystem Management of Coastal & Marine Areas in South Asia

This toolkit offers a step-by-step guide for integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into the coastal and marine ecosystem management that will be quite useful for the field practitioners of coastal areas in the  sub-region. This publication builds on UNDP’s newmore

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Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework 2012 to 2020

UNDP's Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework 2012-2020 seeks to harness the positive opportunities provided by biodiversity and natural ecosystems, as a catalyst for sustainable development. It recognizes the real value of biodiversity and ecosystems to society—in relation to securemore

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Multi-Stakeholder Decision-Making

This guidebook steers readers through constructing an adaptable and flexible multi-level, multi-sector, multi-stakeholder governance framework which is an essential tool for governments, practitioners, and concerned citizens to successfully develop and negotiate green, low-emission andmore

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Down to Earth: Territorial Approach to Climate Change

TACC is part of a partnership between the United Nations and sub-national governments for fostering climate friendly development at the sub-national level. This partnership is a collaborative effort involving UNDP, UNEP and eight associations of regions. more

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UNDP Strategy on Civil Society and Civil Engagement

The purpose of the Strategy on Civil Society and Civic Engagement (2012) is to provide UNDP with a framework for both empowering and engaging with civil society. It seeks to focus on the need for reinvigorated efforts, as part of the agenda for organizational change, towards innovativemore

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Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability

Since the Earth Summit twenty years ago, the international community has made historic achievements in advancing human development, including gender equality. But the world continues to face considerable social, economic and environmental challenges, and progress continues to be threatened bymore

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Biodiversity: Delivering Results in Europe & the CIS

Humans bear the primary responsibility for the present unprecedented biodiversity loss at several levels – genetic, species, and ecosystems. Of all the problems the world faces in  managing ‘global goods’, only the loss of biodiversity is irreversible. It is important to realize that curbingmore

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Community Water Initiative - Delivering water and sanitation to poor communities

Community Water Initiative (CWI) supports decentralized, demand-driven, innovative, low-cost, community-based water resource management and water supply and sanitation projects in rural areas. It is rooted in the strong belief that local management and community initiatives play a key role inmore

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UNDP Guide for Integrating SMC into development planning

The UNDP Guide for Integrating the Sound Management of Chemicals into Development Planning is a learning tool, a primer that provides information on important concepts with respect to the Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) and its role in supporting countries’ efforts to achieve sustainablemore

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Green Economy in Action

The Green Economy is one in which the vital linkages among the economy, society, and environment are taken into account. This selection of articles and excerpts emerged in response to the need to fill the knowledge gap on practical, concrete, and on the ground green economy country experience. Itmore

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International Guidebook of Environmental Finance Tools

The International Guidebook of Environmental Finance Tools provides guidance on developing and implementing the most commonly used, widely applicable, and potentially high-impact environmental finance tools. It aims to define and analyse the primary tools that are already in use and that can bemore

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Sustainable Energy for All - Brief Guide to Advocacy Planning

The International Year of Sustainable Energy for All is a unique opportunity and platform to raise national public awareness and influence policies, commitments and action for the sustainable energy for all goal. Advocacy is considered the process of managing information and knowledgemore

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SEFA Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

These materials can be used for advocacy and outreach and serve as background information on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. more

UNDP Global Programme
2014 to 2017

The Global Programme is the architecture that allows UNDP to provide coherent global policy advice and programme support services, based on country and regional programme experiences and drawing on the pool of evidence, knowledge and expertise gained by UNDP across all development settings.

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Environment, Energy and UNDP


UNDP helps countries strengthen their capacity to address environmental and energy challenges at global, national and community levels, by seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through projects that help people in developing countries build sustainable livelihoods.

Our Work: Environment & Energy
UNDP's Annual Report
New Partnerships for Development

Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources.

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Human Development Data

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