Our work areas
Our priority is to meet the needs of the people by ensuring access to clean, affordable, secure, and sustainable energy. We do this by supporting countries to develop a governance mechanism for the energy system – from building institutional capabilities to developing innovative policies and regulations to creating effective coordination and implementation strategies. We believe this multipronged approach will lead towards providing practical instruments that can deliver to the needs of the people.
Our Energy Governance work aims to be based on our principles of effective governance:
- Empowering people
- Advancing gender equality
- Creating effective, accountable, trusted, and resilient institutions
- Prioritizing localized approaches
- Putting human rights at front and center
- Being prevention oriented and risk informed
- Taking data informed and analysis driven adaptive approaches.
Featured activities and resources
Energy Governance: Four ways to succeed
The 21st-century energy challenge from energy access to energy transition is not a technology challenge. It is a governance challenge. UNDP's energy governance expert Piyush Verma outlines four ways countries can strengthen their energy governance.
Shaping the Future of Energy Governance
UNDP brings together experts across borders and sectors to help countries set up energy governance systems.
UNDP Advisory Group on Energy Governance
This external advisory group is a group of professionals with very diverse subject matter expertise, geography, and professional experiences. This will allow us to bring a broader thinking from public, private and non-profit institutions as well as civil society groups. Their unique experiences will help us collect diagnostic information, conduct problem analysis, explore action options, and set strategic direction for our work.
The Global Governance of Sustainable Energy: Access and Sustainable Transitions, by the International Institute for Sustainable Development
This 2020 paper by the IISD draws insights from 50 years of UN sustainable development policies to outline a global governance model for sustainable energy. “No single organization owns the global sustainable energy transition. Its many facets and competing interests have led to a polycentric, non-hierarchical governance model—an approach with many positive features worth imitating as we tackle other environmental crises.”
Internal Interdisciplinary Task Force on Energy Governance
This UNDP internal group convenes experts on global governance, local governance, anti-corruption, democracy, environmental justice, human rights, rule of law, information integrity, knowledge management and parliamentary systems to bring about a system level thinking on energy governance.