Capacity Development

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UNDP's current portfolio of cross-cutting capacity development projects, which implement priority recommendations of countries' National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) Final Report and Action Plans also complement Green LECRDS objectives through strategic policy interventions, such as:

  • Developing and strengthening the use of global environmental indicators to measure countries' achievements under the Framework Convention on Climate Change (e.g., Morocco)
  • Strengthening the use of natural resource valuation to improve decision-making for the global environment (e.g., Jamaica, Moldova)
  • Piloting environmental fiscal reform to improve local and regional actions to meet global environmental priorities (e.g., Kyrgyzstan)
  • Strengthening targeted institutional capacities to meet global environmental objectives (e.g., Belize, Ghana, Jordan, Namibia, Philippines, Seychelles, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)
  • Mainstreaming global environmental priorities into national policies, plans, programmes and decision-making (e.g., Egypt, Lao PDR, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Romania)
  • Strengthening local and regional governance capacities to meet global environmental priorities (e.g., Bhutan, Bulgaria)
  • Strengthening management information systems to improve decision-making for the global environment (e.g., Armenia)

By leveraging synergies with ongoing capacity development and climate activities, UNDP is well poised to support countries to transform their development trajectories into ones that are low carbon and climate resilient.

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Featured Publication: The Strategic Value of GEF-funded Cross-Cutting Capacity Development


Cross-cutting capacity development (CCCD) projects help countries meet and sustain global environmental outcomes by strengthening key capacities that address challenges, and remove barriers common to the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) that the Global Environment Facility (GEF) serves. The CCCD projects also respond directly to national capacity development obligations, and comprise an important and strategic set of activities for improved decision-making for the global environment. This publication sets out to demonstrate how the GEF-funded, UNDP-implemented, projects fill an important development need. Throughout the publication, the successes and lessons learned from a global portfolio of CCCD projects are highlighted, and situated within the context of the UNDP’s Strategic Plan and broader efforts to support capacity development needs to meet sustainable development objectives. In particular, the publication outlines how CCCD projects can serve as strategic catalysts for strengthening and institutionalizing the sustainability of global environmental outcomes within the framework of national development priorities. For further information about the publication, and our global portfolio of CCCD projects, please contact Tom Twining-Ward (

THE STRATEGIC VALUE of GEF-funded Cross-Cutting Capacity Development