Towards a sustainable future

Towards a sustainable future
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We strengthen the capacity of developing countries to change their path towards a low-carbon future, because climate change demands that we grow in a different way. That means ensuring they have better access to carbon finance to pay for low-carbon development and that they are skilled putting that money to work where it is needed. That includes driving private and public finance towards cleaner investments, from biomass power plants in Thailand to CFC-free refrigerators in Brazil. We help ensure they can put policies into action – like protecting their forests - that will lead them towards a green, sustainable future. In doing this, UNDP helps developing countries to contribute to global efforts to combat climate change.

Related Publications and Resources

  • Bio-carbon Opportunities in Eastern and Southern AfricaAug 7, 2009The review is a useful resource for policy-makers seeking an overview of forestry / bio-energy regulation and promotion, and project proponents seeking to develop CDM or voluntary market carbon projects. The chapters are organized in terms of the production cycle, beginning with forest bio-carbon and then moving into domestic bio-energy and charcoal production.

  • Biomass Energy for Cement Production: Opportunities in EthiopiaAug 10, 2009Biomass and biomass residues, if sourced in an environmentally and socially sustainable fashion, represent a vast – and largely untapped – renewable energy source for the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The guide seeks to outline the potential, taking the Ethiopian cement sector as a specific example of how biomass energy might be deployed in practice.

  • Charting a New Low-Carbon Route to DevelopmentCharting a New Low-Carbon Route to DevelopmentSep 22, 2009Integrated climate change planning - a how-to guide for local and regional policy-makers on planning a low-carbon future. This document focuses on the importance of full engagement of sub-national authorities to comprehensively address climate change and suggests that taking the necessary action to tackle climate change will be more effective if it helps address local development issues.

  • Climate Change at UNDP: Scaling Up to Meet the ChallengeSep 1, 2008The paper presents UNDP's strategy to support the efforts of developing countries and vulnerable groups for scaling up mitigation and adaptation action to successfully meet the climate change challenge and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Environmental Finance Services BrochureOct 1, 2009 This brochure outlines how UNDP is helping governments to attract and drive private investment towards sustainable solutions by combining and sequencing various financial instruments to effect policy change. These environmental finance services of UNDP offer an innovative and robust approach to addressing climate change, and other environmental and sustainable development concerns.

Programmes and Initiatives

Mitigation: UNDP works to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to change their path towards a low-carbon future.


Sustainable Energy: Through an integrated development approach, UNDP works to help create enabling policy frameworks, develop local capacity and provide knowledge-based advisory services for expanding access to energy services for the poor.


Clean Development Mechanism:The UNDP-UNEP partnership enables countries to access carbon finance and cleaner technologies in order to stimulate sustainable development.


MDG Carbon Facility: The MDG Carbon Facility offers a comprehensive package of project development services for developing greenhouse gas emission reduction projects and bringing them to market.


UN-REDD: The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries


UN System ActivitiesOnline inventory of UN System Activities on Mitigation.