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

  • 2015 UNDP-GEF Annual Performance ReportMay 31, 20162015 UNDP-GEF Annual Performance ReportThis performance report UNDP-GEF Unit provides a) a snapshot of progress made toward development and environment benefits by projects in each region in 2015; b) highlights progress made in addressing women, work and the environment and c)demonstrates the services UNDP provides to the vertical funds that it is accredited to, in particular the Global Environment Facility.

  • Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Philippine Rice Cultivation May 1, 2015Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Philippine Rice CultivationThe Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture (AMIA) in this report are designed for a sector – rice cultivation – that is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and commonly associated with food security. The introduction of Alternative Wetting and Drying in these flooded irrigated rice fields will lead to sizeable mitigation effect, decreasing GHG emissions from rice cultivation by close to 25 per cent.

  • Aug 7, 2009Bio-carbon Opportunities in Eastern and Southern AfricaThe 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.

  • Biodiversity: Delivering Results in Europe & the CISSep 20, 2012Biodiversity: Delivering Results in Europe & the CIS

  • Aug 10, 2009Biomass Energy for Cement Production: Opportunities in EthiopiaBiomass 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.

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.