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From Transition to Transformation: sustainable and inclusive development in Europe and Central Asia

The report, supported by 13 UN agencies, calls for a transformation to integrated policy making, where social equity, economic growth and environmental protection are approached together. It is a contribution of governments, experts, researchers and development practitioners ahead of the ‘Rio+20’more


Direct Access to Climate Finance: Experiences and lessons learned

This paper provides an overview of the concept of direct access to funding for climate change actions in developing countries. It focuses on the institutional arrangements that are necessary to facilitate and support direct access and is intended to inform the current and future discussions onmore


The Power of Local Action: Learning from Communities on the Frontlines of Sustainable Development

Some of the clearest examples of sustainable development can be seen at the local level in community-driven initiatives centered around the sustainable use of local ecosystems.  In the last 20 years, UNDP has compiled an impressive archive of cases that reveal the kinds of development outcomesmore


Energy Access in Developing Countries

Policies and national programmes must be drastically enhanced to tackle in any significant way energy poverty.  This cannot be done effectively without a clear understanding of the energy access situation in countries, including understanding regional and national trends, rural/urbanmore


Triple Wins for Sustainable Development

  As countries prepare for the ‘Rio+20’ United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, UNDP is pleased to share this report. It sets out national examples of progress toward sustainable development, from developing countries like Nepal and Niger, as well as emerging economies like Southmore


A Green Economy in a Blue World

The objective of ‘Green Economy in a Blue World’ is to analyse the challenges and opportunities of a potential transition towards a green economy in key sectors heavily linked to the marine and coastal environment – the blue world.  The report will also analyse the necessary policy andmore


Fast Facts: Integrating environment into development planning

Ecosystem services play a critical role in securing livelihoods, good health, and resilience for poor people around the world. Conversely, if ecosystem services are degraded or access is denied, poverty is exacerbated. This profound connection between the environment and poverty is likely to bemore


Boots on the Ground Report 2011

Through the Strategic Initiative to Address Climate Change in LDCs, aka "Boots on the Ground" UNDP provides institutional support and capacity development services to LDC governments in the area of climate change. The objective of the project is to support 26 low-income countries,more


Readiness for Climate Finance

This paper presents a framework for understanding what it means to be “ready” to plan for, access, deliver, and monitor climate finance in a transformative way at the national level. The aim is provide policy-makers with an overall lens through which readiness and preparatory activities offered bymore


From Transition to Transformation

This report was launched at the first Global Human Development Forum which brought together high-level experts from governments, corporations, civil society and international organizations to examine the global policy changes required to ensure a sustainable future for people today and formore


Fast Facts: Ozone and Climate Change

The Montreal Protocol is an international environmental agreement that aims to protect the earth’s ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS). ODS are used in important sectors, such as refrigeration and air conditioning, agriculture, solvents, andmore


Mainstreaming Climate Change in National Development Processes and UN Country Programming

UNDP provides policy and capacity development servies on climate change to support developing countries to respond to climate change impacts and to integrate climate risks into national planning and UN programming.  Through these services, UNDP supports national and sub-national governments tomore


NCSA Sub-Regional Workshops

Regional and sub-regional workshops facilitated the sharing of experiences and catalyzed the work of the NCSA country teams between 2004 and 2009. The workshops also helped clarify the broader development context of the NCSAs, such as demonstrating the linkages between the NCSAs and other capacitymore


NCSA Final Reports, Action Plans and CCR

The following countries have made their Final Report, Action Plan, and Cross-Cutting Capacity Development Assessment Reports available.   Country Final Report and Action Plan Cross-Cutting Capacity Development Assessment Report A Afghanistan EN   Albania EN EN Algeria EN   Antiguamore


Drought Risk Management: Practitioner's Perspectives from Africa and Asia

This publication is one of the main outputs from our activities of the Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance Network. Drought is not a new phenomenon: a large part of Africa and Asia  have been facing increased climate variability and extreme events. The terms such as riskmore


Innovative Financing for Development: A New Model for Development Finance?

This Discussion Paper explores recent experiences with innovative sources of development finance in order to capture lessons learned for the more effective implementation of both current and future initiatives.   The paper first looks at what is understood by the term ‘innovative financing formore


Towards an 'Energy Plus' Approach for the Poor: A Review of Good Practices and Lessons Learned from Asia and the Pacific

Between 2009 and 2011, the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre led a collaborative review of 17 energy access programmes and projects implemented by governments, development agencies and the private sector in Asia-Pacific.  The review shows that projects and programmes which combine the deliverymore

Small-Scale, Private Water Service Provision: Case Studies of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya

Small-Scale, Private Water Service Provision: Case Studies of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya

This series of case studies focuses on issues with private provision of water services in urban areas of Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.   Small scale providers increase water supply coverage – an essential service in fast-growing cities – and reduce time poverty. However, system of watermore


UN-REDD-FCPF Joint Paper on REDD+

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is a mechanism to create an incentive for developing countries to protect, better manage and wisely use their forest resources, contributing to the global fi ght against climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. more


UN-REDD Programme year in Review 2010

The UN-REDD Programme partner countries canbe incredibly proud of what they accomplished in 2010. more

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