Mainstreaming the Environment into Development

We assist countries to mainstream environmental sustainability objectives into national and regional development policies and plans

What we do

Main-streaming environmental sustainability into development planning at the country level is essential to achieving sustainable development. As a result of our work countries are better equipped to promote a path towards sustainable development. 

We provide support to United Nations Country Teams to mainstream environmental sustainability in United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks to ensure that the responsible management of the environment is a bedrock of each country's development. 

We provide support to United Nations Country Teams and national authorities to produce, analyze, interpret and use National Environmental Summaries as an input to national planning processes

We provide technical support to develop UN Inter-agency projects and programmes as a result of completed United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks

Practical Support:

  • We conduct gap analyses of environmental sustainability in national plans
  • We hold training workshops for United Nations Country Teams and national authorities on the production of National Environmental Summaries
  • We hold training workshops for United Nations Country Teams and national authorities on the production at national and regional levels on tools and methodologies for mainstreaming environmental sustainability
  • We review and prepare system-wide inputs for policy documents on environmental sustainability 
  • We develop and review joint UN inter-agency projects and programmes

Mainstreaming in Action
UN Environment has supported 79 countries to advance their  United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks including China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Peru and the Syrian Arab Republic.  UN Environment also provided technical support to the Great Lakes strategy and produced a comprehensive analysis of the integration of environmental sustainability in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework  of the region including lessons learned.

Under the joint United Nations Development Program and UN Environment Poverty Environment Initiative 24 countries in four regions were provided with technical and financial support to integrate poverty and environment objectives into their development plans. For example, poverty and environment objectives were included in the Malawi National Fisheries and Agriculture Plan. And in Kyrgyzstan, as a result of the Poverty Environment Initiative work carried out there Poverty Environment Initiative objectives will now come under the office of the Prime Minister. 

Our Services

  • We provide training tools information knowledge products
  • We provide support to standard setting/transboundary cooperation
  • We promote inter-agency collaboration

Key Activites