Fast Facts: Environment, Energy and UNDP

Updated: 19 Mar 2013

The increasing degradation of ecosystems and the growing impacts of climate change urgently call for a new development paradigm. Without drastic changes in production and consumption patterns, our planet will not be able to sustain the global economy.  Experts warn of the collapse of entire ecosystems at current levels of production and consumption exacerbated by climate change, leading to less food and clean water, an increase in diseases, and ultimately, worsened conditions for the world’s poorest people. Energy is also a test case to see whether the world can really bring together the economic, social and environmental pillars of development, a process we hope will be ignited at the Rio+20 conference on Sustainable Development later this year.  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.


Document Highlights

  • Over 140 countries receive UNDP support on environment and sustainable development.
  • Over 10 million people, mostly rural poor, have gained access to modern energy services through UNDP-supported projects over the past decade.
  • Between 1991 and 2011 UNDP- Global Environment Facility (GEF) invested $12.8 billion in sustainable development priorities, in 1495 projects globally.
  • Between 2005 and 2010 the UNDP-GEF biodiversity portfolio has helped to establish 11 million hectares of newly protected areas.
  • 12,000 non-governmental and community projects have been funded by the GEF Small Grants Programme, implemented by UNDP
  • 2.7 billion tonnes of CO2 and ozone-depleting substance emissions have been averted as a result of UNDP’s work.