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Our Focus

Planet: Sustainable Living


In line with the Rectangular Strategy and UNDP signature solutions (3) building resilience and (4) sustainable planet, UNDP will support environmental protection, working with the Government to ensure sustainable natural resource management and build climate resilience. This pillar is closely associated with the peace, participation and accountability theme, which addresses governance issues to improve environment and natural resource management.



Strengthening institutional capacities

Through the Ministry of Environment and NCSD, and with the support of the European Union, Sweden and the United States, UNDP will continue to support policy formulation and capacity development for more environmentally sustainable development. In addition, UNDP will support the Government to ensure effective enforcement of Environment and Natural Resource Code38 and related laws and regulations. Partnerships with the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) will analyze and institutionalize an economic case for sustainable development.

Promoting climate adaptation and mitigation

Through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Green Climate Fund, and the Forest Partner Carbon Facility (FCPF), and with the Ministry of Environment and NCSD, UNDP will continue to support line ministries in adopting and implementing gender-responsive climate action. UNDP will support REDD+ to enable the Government to access results-based payments for reducing emissions from forestry. UNDP will continue to support the Government on disaster preparedness, operationalizing early warning and monitoring systems and establishing and strengthening regional collaboration with the Mekong River Commission, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and others for climate data -sharing. UNDP will support the Ministry of Environment, NCSD, MME, and National Committee for Sub-national Development (NCDDS) to promote a green, circular economy through sustainable waste management, sustainable transport management, improved energy efficiency, and the adoption of clean energy.

Strengthening conservation and environmental services

The programme will continue to support the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) for the sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation while strengthening capacities of local authorities and community-based organizations to improve rural livelihoods, food security and effective climate responses. GEF, BIOFIN39 and Payment for Ecosystem Services initiatives will introduce incentive-based innovations that strengthen watershed restoration, biodiversity conservation and natural resource management.

Leveraging private finance

In partnership with the Government, the programme will leverage private sector investment for scalable climate initiatives and a circular economy.