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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 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.  The UNDP Global Environmental Finance (UNDP-GEF) Unit partners with environmental vertical funds to support countries with simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion, by catalyzing environmental finance for sustainable development.

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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’s support for environmental management and nationally-owned sustainable development pathways includes its work on biodiversity and ecosystem management, forests, sustainable land management and desertification, water and ocean governance; chemicals and waste management, extractive industries. UNDP supports an integrated approach to tackle wildlife crime. Under the Montreal Protocol, UNDP supports developing countries eliminate ozone depleting substances in cooperation with the Multilateral Fund, GEF, Ozone Secretariat, UNEP, UNIDO, World Bank, and a broad range of bilateral, private sector and NGO partners.

UNDP works on communities and local sustainable development solutions through the Small Grants Programme (SGP), the Equator Initiative partnership and the UN-REDD Programme.

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This report identifies contexts of Participatory Environmental Monitoring Committees in mining…

This guidance note offers a framework and practical guidance on the measurement of socioeconomic…

This publication captures the experiences and lessons learned of the GEF Small Grants Programme,…

This report was produced through a collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme…

In this 10th annual performance report of the UNDP Global Environmental Finance Unit, we show how…

This publication illustrates how the GEF Small Grants Programme, implemented by UNDP, leverages…

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