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.

Global Consultation Leadership Meeting - San Jose, Costa Rica, 18-19 March

Co-hosted by the Governments of France and Costa Rica, the Leadership Meeting will bring leading and emerging thinkers from around the world to San Jose, Costa Rica on March 18-19 to build upon the outcomes of the global consultation so far and to discuss how to reflect environmental sustainability in the post-2015 agenda.
View more details and the live webcast here.

Our Stories

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


Rural Energy Development Programme in Nepal

The rural population in Nepal is highly dependent on traditional bio fuel for heating and cooking. This form of energy however, is a threat to the environment and the health of the population. Supported by UNDP, the Rural Energy Development Programme is seeking to promote renewable energy sources by more


Russia: Better conservation for the environment and the economy

The Kamchatka peninsula , far east of Russia, is home to steaming geysers, simmering volcanoes, snow-capped mountains and a wide variety of plants and animals. The rare Steller’s sea eagle soars through its skies, while the only population of sea otters in the Western Pacific finds shelter along its more

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In Focus
Synthesis of National Reports for Rio+20

This report highlights significant advances in sustainable development from almost 60 country reports and underscores the challenges and bottlenecks to moving beyond the economic-led growth strategies of the past 20 years.

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
Featured publications
Integrating Energy Access and Employment Creation to Accelerate Progress on the Millennium Development Goals in Sub-Saharan Africa

This report demonstrates through case studies from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, South Africa and South Sudan that complementary policies and programmes can greatly improve the beneficial impact of energy access on unemployment, economic growth, and progress towards the MDGs.

Catalyzing Climate Finance

This guidebook is offered as a primer to countries to enable them to better assess the level and nature of assistance they will require to catalyze climate capital based on their unique set of national, regional and local circumstances.

Adapting to Climate Change

The report highlights emerging achievements of UNDP-GEF initiatives around the world and explores the future of low-emission climate-resilient development.

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