Veerle Vandeweerd

Director, Environment and Energy Group

Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP New York

United States
Dutch, English, French
Carbon finance, Chemicals , Climate change adaptation, Desertification, Energy access, Energy efficiency, Forests, Renewable energy, Water

Veerle Vandeweerd directs the Environment and Energy Group within the Bureau for Development Policy of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), providing strategic direction and oversight to UNDP in mainstreaming environment, energy and sustainability into its development work in over 166 countries. She oversees the delivery of an extensive portfolio of projects and funds, including UNDP’s Global Environment Facility and the Montreal Protocol unit, at the global, regional, national and local levels. 

The main objectives of UNDP’s Environment and Energy programmes include: 1) ensuring that environmental actions benefit the poor and development actions don’t harm the environment; 2) accelerating progress towards achieving the MDGs; 3) building the capacities and enabling environments to support national and local governments in redirecting public and private financial flows towards sustainable investments and inclusive economic development patterns; and 4) contributing to global sustainable policy and norm setting. The energy and climate change portfolio covers the full policy cycle, from project development to Monitoring, Reporting and Verification, and includes all thematic areas ranging from Low Emissions Climate Resilient Development Strategies to transformative Ecosystem Management. The Environment and Energy Group also supports governments around the world to promote universal access to clean energy, including through the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

Before joining UNDP in 2007, Dr. Vandeweerd held leadership roles with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for 19 years based in Africa and Europe. Among her assignments with UNEP, Dr. Vandeweerd served as the officer in charge of the Policy Division for several years, headed the Global Programme of Action for Protection of the Marine Environment, the Regional Seas Programme, the Global Environmental Monitoring System, and initiated and directed the Global Environmental Outlook report series. 

Dr. Vandeweerd worked for Belgium’s (Flemish) Government as Director of Environment Reporting, and was lecturer for five years at the University of Lusaka in Zambia where she also conducted national surveys on African sleeping sickness. Dr. Vandeweerd holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Antwerp, Belgium.