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Environment Programme

Top Early Payments to the Environment Fund 2015



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Top Increases in Contributions to the Environment Fund 2015



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Top Contributions to the Environment Fund 2015



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Our Funding

Regular Budget

The General Assembly Resolution 2997 of 1972 unequivocally states that “the costs of servicing the Governing Council and providing the small secretariat shall be borne by the regular budget of the United Nations.” The Regular Budget, including the UN Development Account, supports the core...

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Earmarked Contributions

Earmarked contributions support the implementation of UNEP’s Programme of Work. These contributions are made by Member States, United Nations bodies, other organizations, non-state actors and individuals, for specific programme activities, services and facilities that support the achievement of...

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Environment Fund

The Environment Fund is the main source of funding for the implementation of UNEP’s Programme of Work and Medium Term Strategy. It enables UNEP to deliver in an efficient, effective, balanced and flexible manner as it leverages Member States’ investments into pooled resources to ensure the...

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Facts and Figures


Offices are energy neutral and saves about 4,000 Kg of CO2 per annum


Green and sustainable

Reduced its air travel emissions by 7% in 2014 compared to 2013 and exceeded its goal of 3% year on year reduction of emissions from 2010


Green and sustainable

Since 2015, has adopted an Environmental Management System to measure, control, and reduce UNEP’s environmental impacts


Green and sustainable

Has reduced its climate footprint by 23% from inception of its Climate Neutral Strategy in 2010


Green and sustainable

Climate Neutral since January 2008 by annually offsetting its GHG emissions (2nd oldest in UN & associated agencies)


Green and sustainable

Commitment to managing results and internal reform has placed UNEP on the right path towards becoming more results based and collaborative in delivering its work programme – MOPAN, 2011 and OIOS, 2013


Efficient and effective

Has intensified partnership activity and has contributed specialized environmental expertise, access to Governments and global science-based networks to its partners. – OIOS, 2013


Efficient and effective

Rated highly for mainstreaming environmental governance and integrating gender equality as thematic priorities into policies, projects and programs – MOPAN 2011 and OIOS, 2013 


Efficient and effective

Highly valued by stakeholders for its contributions to policy dialogue, its respect for partner views, and its significant influence on environmental policies. – MOPAN, 2011


Efficient and effective

Paved the way for the establishment of international frameworks and agreements and helped facilitate the emergence of environmental norms at the global, regional and national levels – OIOS, 2013


Efficient and effective

Successfully leveraged its expertise and strategic partnerships to spearhead important environmental efforts such as the Green Economy Initiative, protection of biodiversity and chemicals management. – OIOS, 2013


Efficient and effective

Has effectively guided regional and national environmental policy formulation and contributed to positive environmental outcomes – OIOS, 2013


Efficient and effective

Effective in achieving its mandate to keep the world environmental situation under review and to ensure that emerging environmental problems receive consideration by Governments – OIOS, 2013


Efficient and effective

UNEP’s Evaluation Office works independently and meets UN norms and standards for independence. It has also established acceptable approaches to ensure the quality of evaluations. – MOPAN, 2011


Transparent and accountable

Strongest areas of performance relate to procedures for financial accountability and has made progress in results-based budgeting – Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN), 2011


Transparent and accountable

Financial practices are guided by the policies, procedures and services of the UN Secretariat, the UN Board of Auditors, and the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) - UN Board of Auditors, 2014


Transparent and accountable

No significant errors, omissions or misstatements which could affect the Board of Auditors’ opinion on the UNEP financial statements - UN Board of Auditors, 2014


Transparent and accountable

Operations transactions are in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and legislative authority - UN Board of Auditors, 2014


Transparent and accountable

Financial performance is in accordance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) - UN Board of Auditors, 2014


Transparent and accountable

25 institutional investors have committed to fighting climate change and have pledged to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets


Successful and relevant

58 countries supported to enable different sectors to use an ecosystem approach


Successful and relevant

In 88% of the post-crisis or environmental emergency assessments where UNEP identified serious risks, national governments took action to mitigate risks


Successful and relevant

The Regional Seas Programme has brought together more than 143 countries to protect their shared marine environment


Successful and relevant

National Environmental Data Flows from 192 countries, facilitating global, regional and national policy-making


Successful and relevant

The En.Lighten Initiative has promoted energy efficient lighting and has engaged over 66 partner countries which will save over $7.5 billion and 35 million tonnes of CO2 annually


Successful and relevant

The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles has nearly eliminated the use of lead in fuel around the world, saving $2.4 trillion in health costs and preventing 1.1. million deaths


Successful and relevant

The Montreal Protocol has cut ozone-depleting substances by 98%, preventing over 20 million skin cancer and 130 million eye cataract cases and saving trillions of dollars in health costs


Successful and relevant