UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (2005-2018)


Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) was a joint programme of UNDP and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Launched in 2005, PEI supported country-led efforts to put pro-poor, pro-environment objectives into the heart of government by mainstreaming poverty-environment objectives into national development and sub-national development planning, from policymaking to budgeting, implementation and monitoring. 

PEI’s overall aim was to bring about lasting institutional change and catalyze key actors to increase investment in pro-poor environmental and natural resource management. With both financial and technical support, UNDP and UNEP assisted government decision-makers and a wide range of other stakeholders to manage the environment in a way that improves livelihoods and leads to sustainable growth. The Initiative worked with key government partners to raise awareness, influence policy making and strengthen the mainstreaming of poverty-environment into budget processes, sector programmes and sub-national planning. 

The Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED) was responsible for the co-management of PEI, of which UNDP is the Managing Agent. It provided significant support, including in its strategic direction; the mainstreaming of PEI knowledge in UNDP and other partners; quality assurance and donor reporting. The Centre also supported PEI in facilitating learning across regions, packaging and disseminating its accumulated knowledge, and building tools for mainstreaming issues in the poverty environment nexus into development policies.  More >


Poverty Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (2018-2022)


Building on over a decade of the deep experience of PEI and expanding on the Initiative’s efforts to spearhead poverty-environment mainstreaming, UNDP and UN Environment launched a new four-year joint project, Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (PEA) on 19 July 2018 in New York during the Experts Group Meeting on Promoting Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Developmenton.    

PEA focuses on shifting finance and investment towards environmental sustainability and climate objectives for poverty eradication and improving the environmental sustainability of current investments. The project aims to accelerate poverty-environment mainstreaming by fostering quality investments, especially for least developed countries where the gap in investment is greatest.

With the financial support of the Governments of Austria, Norway, Sweden and the European Union, and other partner organizations, including UN Women, the World Bank and the International Institute for Environment and Development, PEA supports full-fledged country projects in eight least developed countries and technical assistance in an additional 10 countries. More >


Our Stories

PEA Newsletter - Issue. 1

The inaugural issue of the PEA newsletter was published in August 2019. The e-newsletters will be produced regularly with an aim to provide an overview of the PEA activities and their progress at country, regional, and global levels. more 

PEA at the Achieving the SDGs within Europe Event

Isabell Kempf, PEA co-Manager (UN Environment), attended the European Parliament event, Achieving the SDGs within Europe: No Poverty Eradication without Environmental Action, on 19 February 2019 in Strasbourg, France. She addressed the Parliament on the eponymous theme, highlighting the experience of mainstreaming poverty and environment into development through PEI and its successor PEA. more 

PEA Joining the Global Effort for Green and Fair Economic Transformation

In response to the global climate and ecological emergency, PEA, together with other global institutions, launched a new framework for economic reform ― ‘Principles, priorities and pathways for inclusive green economies: Economic transformation to deliver the SDGs’ ― comprising a series of catalytic activities and key principles to guide collective action in diverse contexts. more 

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