Nairobi - Nepal won the Global South-South Development Leadership Award during the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) in Kenya, a four day event that ended today. The theme of GSSD Expo was ‘Building inclusive green economies - South-South Cooperation for sustainable development and poverty eradication.’
The GSSD Expo is a United Nations (UN) system-wide global event to promote exchange of experiences on green economy among Southern countries that contribute to economic development, job creation, and poverty eradication at the global, regional, national and local levels.
Nepal’s National Planning Commission and Ministry of Local Development were awarded for its innovative work on the “Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review”, supported jointly by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI).
The award is a recognition of the strong southern leadership from the government ministries and the positive impact of its solution in Nepal as well as in other countries.
The joint UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative is a global programme that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages into national development and sub-national development planning, from policymaking and budgeting to implementation and monitoring.
With both financial and technical support PEI works with key government partners to raise awareness, influence policy making and strengthen the mainstreaming of poverty-environment into budget processes, sector programmes and sub-national planning.
The overall aim is to bring about lasting institutional change and to catalyse key actors to increase investment in pro-poor environmental and natural resource management. South-South Cooperation is therefore a key element of PEI’s (www.unpei.org) programmatic approach.
UNDP: Devika Iyer, Research Analyst, UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative,
UNEP: Charles Avis, Programme Specialist, UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative,