Advancing health and environmental sustainability through action on pollution

Status:                                        Ongoing
Project start date:                     September 2021
Estimated end date:                 December 2023
Focus area:                                Combating Climate change; Improving public health
Project office:                            UNDP in Mongolia
Implementing partners:           Ministry of Health
                                                    Ministry of Environment and Tourism
                                                    National Center for Public Health
                                                    National Committee for Reducing Environmental Pollution
Funding Support by                 Donor name: European Commission
                                                    Amount contributed as of 2022: $ 500,000

Project Objective

The overall objective of the project is to reduce pollution to lower NCD mortality and morbidity through strengthened multi-sectoral action on environment and health.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, lung cancer and pulmonary diseases, are a key development challenge and exposure to pollution is a major cause of NCD morbidity and mortality. Both NCDs and exposure to pollution are also emerging risk factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. People with pre-existing chronic conditions are more vulnerable to severe disease progression and are at an elevated risk of dying from it. This makes addressing air pollution and NCDs essential components of effective COVID-19 responses.

UNDP, funded by the European Commission/Environment Directorate-General, has initiated a three-year project to support the governments of India, Mongolia and Ethiopia to address pollution as a key environmental determinant of NCDs, and as part of broader efforts to respond to environmental degradation and the changing climate.

The project pursues action in four areas:

  1. Developing and piloting a methodology to calculate the NCD-related health costs of inaction on air pollution as well as the return on investment in selected cost-effective and nationally-prioritised interventions (investment case), focusing initially on air pollution and including co-benefits such as those related to climate change mitigation, to inform planning and budgeting purposes;
  2. Enhancing governance structures and coordination mechanisms across environment, health and other relevant ministries (transport, energy, planning, agriculture, etc.) to enable joint analysis of main sources of air pollution as well as joint planning and financing for prioritised national actions engaging civil society and private sector partners, as relevant;
  3. Advancing effective laws, policies, standards and regulations through conducting a legal environment assessment in pilot countries, that is expected to lead to strengthened parliamentary and civil society action on air pollution to mitigate its impacts on the environment and health, and building capacities for oversight and enforcement where gaps are in implementation, and ensuring greater transparency in decision-making and budgeting; and,
  4. Facilitating the scale-up of action on air pollution and health in other countries through high-profile and broad dissemination of the methods, approaches as well as lessons learnt from the pilots.

Expected Results

Output 1. Decision makers have access to and are better equipped to use data on 1) economic losses due to inaction on the environmental determinants of NCDs and 2) projected return on investment in priority interventions for multi-sectoral planning and budgeting purposes.

Output 2. Multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder actions on NCDs are inclusive of environmental determinants.

Output 3. Capacity to advance coherent environmental laws, policies, standards, and regulations in relation to pollution and health is enhanced.

Output 4. Global advocacy is strengthened, and newly developed guidance and tools are disseminated to scale up action at the nexus of health and environment, in particular pollution.

Impact

START DATE

January 2012

END DATE

December 2025

STATUS

Ongoing

PROJECT OFFICE
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

United Nations Development Programme

DONORS

AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE

Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

FAMILY HEALTH INTERNATIONAL RE

FORD FOUNDATION

GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN

GOVERNMENT OF NETHERLANDS

GOVERNMENT OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Gulf Health Council

JOINT UNITED NATIONS PROGRAMME ON HIV/AIDS

MPTF/JP_UN PART RIGHTS DISAB

OCCIDENTAL EXPLORATION & PRODU

OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE

POL-UNAIDS

SWEDISH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (SIDA)

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

UNAIDS Budget Results Accountability Framework (UBRAF)

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR WOMEN (UN WOMEN)

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PRO

UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$126,643,500

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2012$8,431,748

2013$10,581,231

2014$9,063,820

2015$9,445,499

2016$5,386,372

2017$4,669,818

2018$8,621,043

2019$8,310,170

2020$6,971,878

2021$9,059,443

2022$10,018,394

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