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Sustainable development

Environment and natural capital

Drawing on over forty years of experience, UNDP assists countries to implement their obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and to integrate environmental concerns into national and sectoral plans and strategies; secure resources; and implement programmes that advance inclusive, sustainable development, and strengthen livelihoods.

UNDP’s support for environmental management and nationally-owned sustainable development pathways includes the following areas: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, including Forest Management; Sustainable Land Management and Desertification; Water and Ocean Governance; Climate Change; Energy; Chemicals and Waste Management; Green Economy; and Extractive Industries.

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Women custodians of life: Protecting our ocean and biodiversity one day at a time along the Madagascar shoreline.
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Artisanal beach clam harvesting supports rural women’s livelihoods in Gargour, Tunisia.
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Forest and Human: UNDP is working together with the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs to support long-term conservation of biodiversity of Turkey's forests.
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Citizens celebrating the World Environment Day to raise awareness on environmental conservation in Uzbekistan.

UNDP works across these areas to address issues of environmental governance, policy, regulation, capacity development, financing, human rights, gender, technology, South-South learning, and public, private, and civil society partnerships at all levels.

UNDP is an accredited multilateral implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Multilateral Fund (MLF), and Adaptation Fund (AF), and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) since their establishment. UNDP has assisted over 150 countries to access more than $2 billion from these vertical funds since 2010.

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Statement on World Environment Day - Theme: Beat Plastic Pollution

In view of the urgent needs of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the…

The tiny Pacific island country of Niue is now in the global big leagues of marine conservation. At…

Gregoria Cruz does not pick up waste, she recycles it. Today, many women like Gregoria have…

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous…

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Climate change makes wetlands especially vulnerable to flood and drought. Colombia races to heal a…

Despite the success of their coffee around the world, small producers fight to secure their future…

There is no shortage of water on the planet. More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered…

Today is World Oceans Day – a day when people around our blue planet celebrate and honour the ocean,…

Half the world's population lives within 60 km of the coast - a coast that is under constant and…

On 5 June, we mark World Environment Day. We often observe such international days to shine a…

Healthy wildlife populations are an incredible asset for both local communities and national…

The Arab region is experiencing one of the most dramatic periods of change in its history - with an…

Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April since 1970. This international day reminds us about the…

This sourcebook synthesizes available knowledge and country experiences for national and local…

This report shares UNDP’s approach to innovation and showcases over 40 case studies of innovation…

Prompt and large scale action is needed to overcome losses of large marine ecosystem (LME) goods and…

For more than a decade – in partnership with IMO and UNDP – GloBallast has mobilized a broad…

This four-year Sida-funded programme responds to the challenges many developing countries face in…

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