Environment and Energy

The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean, affordable energy services. UNDP helps countries strengthen their capacity to address these challenges at the global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects.

Our Goals

UNDP strengthens national capacity to manage the environment in a sustainable manner to advance poverty reduction efforts. Through our country teams in 135 developing countries, we help our partners build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, establish effective partnerships, secure resources, and implement programmes to support sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways.

Facts & Figures

After UNDP-sponsored micro-hydropower reached villages in Nepal, almost 20,000 adults were able to participate in more than 250 literacy classes. Others have opened new businesses. Areas with electricity have progressed faster towards the MDGs.

Our Stories

  • UNDP in Iran

    Reviving Iran's drylands
    UNDP in Iran

    •The project helped more than 30 communities living in semi‐arid areas improve their livelihoods and combat desertification. More

Projects and Initiatives


Managing the Black Sea and the Danube River Basin

An ecosystem at risk The Danube River flows through many Eastern European countries before reaching the Black Sea. For decades, the discharge of polluted water into the Danube resulted in nutrient over-enrichment in the Black Sea, affecting fish stocks, beaches and the incidence of waterborne disea more


Croatia: Energy efficiency programme generates huge savings

Early in 2011 the energy-efficiency team in the Croatian Ministry of Justice was alarmed at abnormally high rates of water use recorded at Lepoglava Prison, a penitentiary dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A probe of the underground pipes identified a huge leak that was fixed with a repair more

In Focus
Breaking Down the Silos: Integrating Environmental Sustainability in the Post-2015 Agenda

This report captures the key messages from the post-2015 global thematic consultation on environmental sustainability.  At the forefront of the discussions was the need for the post-2015 agenda to be based on principles related to integrated approaches to development, equality, human rights and resilience in order to fully embed environmental sustainability.  

Towards Transformational Change: UNDP's work in environment and sustainable development 2008-2012

This collection of stories demonstrates how UNDP’s work is leading to transformational change – change that is bringing about real improvements in people’s lives.

Sustainable Energy for All

This initiative, launched by the United Nations Secretary-General and guided by his High Level Group, brings all key actors to the table to make sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030.

UNDP's work on Sustainable Energy