UNDP Nature

Putting nature at the heart of development

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We are nature

Our natural world is interconnected, intertwined, and integral to human life. It is the global life support system that underpins our societies and our economies. Yet our natural world continues to be plundered and polluted.

However, the wonder and beauty of nature - and its potential for resilience and recovery – gives us hope for the future.  

What we do

UNDP is responding in a way that is more bold, more imaginative, and more ambitious than ever before. Putting nature at the heart of development, we are working with governments and people around the world to secure a better, more sustainable, more equitable future. 

Our core work areas, from increasing biodiversity finance to strengthening environmental governance, are responding to the current crisis of global nature loss. Leveraging our convening power, thought leadership, multi-sectoral expertise, and the UN’s largest portfolio of on-the-ground sustainable development programming and policy solutions, we’re supporting solutions that work for people and for planet. 

Our flagship initiatives are the key programmes and vehicles that will enable us to mobilize partners and accelerate action to protect nature and unleash nature’s potential to create a more sustainable and equitable world. 

UNDP Nature Pledge

The Nature Pledge provides a pathway to transform our global systems to meet vital targets to protect and restore our planet, eradicate poverty, reduce gender and other inequalities, protect human rights, and accelerate overall progress on our global goals. 

  • Our Pledge: The Nature Pledge is our commitment to upscale our support to over 140 countries to reach their ambitious targets set down in the Global Biodiversity Framework. Working alongside our many partners, these efforts will help to make real progress to halt biodiversity loss, to protect and restore our lands and seas, and put nature on a path to recovery for the benefit of all life on earth.
  • Transformational shifts: Through enhanced country support, the Nature Pledge will advance three essential transformative shifts to protect biodiversity, enhance the resilience of ecosystems and harness the power of nature towards achieving the ambitious goals agreed upon in the Global Biodiversity Framework.
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  • About Us: We work with a broad network of partners to safeguard the natural capital that underpins our well-being, our economies, and our societies.
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Our Impact

30 million

people directly benefitting, with hundreds of millions more positively impacted

$3.4 billion

leveraging almost $3.4 billion in grants and $13.4 billion in co-financing

931 million

hectares of terrestrial and marine ecosystems covered


projects on the ground in 140+ countries

Take Action

Get in touch: If you’re interested in knowing more, or to partner with us, please contact us at: nature.advocacy@undp.org 

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