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Drawing on over forty years of experience in sustainable development, 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), as well as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) since their respective establishment dates. UNDP has assisted over 150 countries to access more than $4.9 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 catalysing 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 managementforests, sustainable land management and desertificationwater and ocean governancechemicals and waste management, and extractive industries. UNDP also supports an integrated approach to tackle wildlife crime. Under the Montreal Protocol, UNDP supports developing countries with eliminating ozone-depleting substances in co-operation 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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UNDP Around the world