Programmes and Initiatives

Africa Adaptation Programme (2008-2012)

The Africa Adaptation Programme was launched in 2008 by the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) and with US$92.1 million support from the Government of Japan. Through AAP, UNDP supported 20 countries in the African continent to adjust their national development processes to incorporate climate change risks and opportunities. more

Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN)

The global Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) aims to develop a methodology for quantifying the biodiversity finance gap at the national level, for improving cost-effectiveness through mainstreaming of biodiversity into national development and sectoral planning, and for developing comprehensive national resource mobilizing strategies. It is working in pilot countries around the world, supporting governments to review biodiversity financing policies, assess the costs of implementing National Biodiversity Action Plans and develop resource mobilisation strategies. more

Drylands Development Centre

The Drylands Development Centre is a thematic centre of UNDP dedicated to fighting poverty and achieving sustainable development in the drier regions of the world. more

Equator Initiative

The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses, and grassroots organizations to build the capacity and raise the profile of local efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. more

GEF Small Grants Programme

With a presence in 122 countries and more than 12,000 grants awarded worldwide, SGP supports projects of non-governmental and community-based organizations in developing countries. more

Global Environment Facility (UNDP/GEF)

With support from Global Environment Facility financing, UNDP helps developing countries catalyze investment into the green technologies, practices and enterprises that will make low emission, climate resilient environmentally sustainable development not only possible, but also economically attractive. more

Green Commodities Programme

The Green Commodities Programme manages a global portfolio of national-level commodity-focused programmes and platforms that remove barriers and institutionalize systemic approaches and resources for scaling up the production of sustainable commodities. This includes addressing environmental externalities within the supply chain, strengthening financial sustainability for technical assistance, reforming policy to level the production playing field and incentivizing sustainability more

MDG Carbon Facility

The MDG Carbon Facility is an innovative means of harnessing the vast resources of the carbon market in order to bring long-term sustainable development to a more diverse share of developing countries. more

Montreal Protocol

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer 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. more

United Nations Poverty and Environment Initiative

The programme supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages into national development planning. more

UN-REDD Programme

The United Nations Collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries was launched in September 2008. more