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The Sustainable Urban Development and Livable Garden Community Programme

The “Sustainable Urban Development and Livable Garden Community Programme” (SUC) is a three years initiative launched in January 2015 by UNEP and JCEP (China). The initiatives will contribute to build sustainable cities and communities in China and in other developing countries.

SWITCH Africa Green

The overall objective of SWITCH Africa Green is to support 6 countries in Africa to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production patterns, while generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty.


Working group 1: Guidelines for providing product sustainability information

This working group is developing international Guidelines to enable and encourage the providers of information to enhance the reliability, credibility and accessibility of their sustainability information; directly addressing SDG target 12.8. Pilot testing of the Guidelines in the framework of the working group is foreseen for 2017.

Delivering SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste Reduction [CORE]

This project proposal seeks to take stock of the current state of knowledge and on-going methodological activities, share approaches and promote harmonization of Food loss and waste measurement around SDG 12.3. UN Environment and FAO, together with collaborating and facilitating organizations, will strengthen tools developed, address knowledge gaps, develop capacities and promote awareness and advocacy to stem the problem.


Advance SCP: Advancing and Measuring Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for a Low-Carbon Economy in Middle-Income and Newly Industrialized Countries

The Advance SCP project (10YFP) supports the development and implementation of sustainability information systems (SIS) in eight emerging economies across three regions of the world: South-East Asia, Africa & Latin America; adapting itself to the varying circumstances of the pilot countries and their needs in terms of SCP. The SIS will form the basis for making informed consumption decisions and lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions and improved resource efficiency along the value chains.Specific activities will focus on institutional strengthening, the design of integrated policy frameworks, technical capacity development, implementation of Sustainability Information Systems and knowledge transfer.




GRID- Arendal

GRID-Arendal was established in 1989 to support environmentally sustainable development by working with UN Environment and other partners. We communicate environmental knowledge that strengthens management capacity and motivates decision-makers to act. We transform environmental data into credible, science-based information products, delivered through innovative communication tools and capacity building services. 

Internatonal Ecosystem Mangement Partnership (UNEP- IEMP)

UNEP- IEMP is the first UN Environment initiative in the South and for the South that focuses on mobilizing science to support the development of sustainable ecosystem management policy in developing countries. This initiative works on three programmes such as 1.Technology and Capacity Development 2.Monitoring and Assessment and 3.Science for Policy. UNEP-IEMP aims to become an international think-tank, a technology and knowledge hub, and centre for capacity building on ecosystem management for developing countries.

Partnership for Action on Green Economy

PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies. 

Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organizations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world-class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy.

The Sustainable Social Housing Initiative (SUSHI)

The Sustainable Social Housing Initiative (SUSHI) seeks to enhance the capacities of the stakeholders to integrate sustainable solutions in the design, construction and operation of social housing units, delivering environmental, social and economic benefits to low-income populations and to the society as a whole and promote sustainability in social housing programmes, responding to local challenges and priorities.

Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative

Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) aims to promotes the worldwide adoption of sustainable buildings and construction practices, UNEP-SBCI’s activities are guided by four key goals: provide a common platform for dialogue and collective action among building sector stakeholders; develop tools and strategies for achieving greater acceptance and adoption of sustainable building policies and practices worldwide; establish baselines which are globally recognized and based on a life-cycle approach; and demonstrate through pilot projects the important role buildings have to play in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities

Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC) seeks to connect the many different entities around the world working on resource efficiency, using UNEP’s convening power to mobilize partners and different constituencies, including governments at the national and local levels, civil society, business and industry and other major groups. The ultimate goal of GI-REC is to mainstream resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production into policies and tools at the city level and to change consumer and industry behavior accordingly.

The Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM)

The Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) aims to enhance international cooperation among different actors, identify and fill information gaps, share information and strengthen awareness, political will, and capacity to promote resource conservation and resource efficiency. The GPWM also aims to complement existing work in the area of waste with a holistic approach which is a noted gap in waste management at large. The holistic approach is meant to facilitate coordination among different waste sectors and related activities, to avoid duplication of efforts and to improve efficiency and effectiveness by complementing rather than competing.



Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project)

The overall goal of the Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative is to accelerate global commercialization and sustainable market transformation of solar water heating, thereby reducing the current use of electricity and fossil fuels for hot water preparation in residential, private service sector and public buildings and, when applicable, industrial applications.

Global Clean Ports Project

The CCAC has funded the first phase of the project, a pilot project in the Port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the second phase that will see clean ports projects in four cities around the world (Valparaíso in Chile, Chittagong in Bangladesh, Tema in Ghana and Aqaba in Jordan) as well as the development of a global clean ports hub that will serve as a repository for advanced ports expertise as well as air emissions inventory data for ports in developing and transition countries.

Capacity development for the integration of global environmental commitments into national policies and development decision making

This project deals with the initiative to build new and restore existing air monitoring stations.UN Environment will provide training on the data collection and maintenance of equipment. It has also produced an online database for Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries to store and share the information.The project aims to boost data collection and reporting on the environment for the Framework Convention of the United Nations on Climate Change - UNFCCC, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity - UNCBD, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD. 

International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

IETC provides technical and advisory support to governments, helping to enhance national and local use of environmentally sound technologies and approaches.IETC supports the in-country demonstration of innovative methods and technologies to reduce the impact of climate change, increase resilience, create jobs and improve well-being, IETC is working in partnership with universities to develop graduate academic curriculums on holistic waste management.IETC organises outreach activities, expert groups and policy dialogues to raise awareness on issues and opportunities related to environmentally sound technologies and methods.IETC is the Secretariat of Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM), and leads 2 of its 8 focal areas. GPWM enhances information sharing among stakeholders and strengthens awareness for resource conservation and efficiency





The primary objective of RECPnet is to contribute to the effective and efficient development, application, adaptation, scaling up and mainstreaming of RECP concepts, methods, policies, practices and technologies in developing and transition economies. Additionally, RECPnet aims to facilitate North-South, South-South and South-North-South collaboration, including the transfer of RECP- relevant knowledge, experiences and technologies. Strengths of the members of this network cover the domains of cleaner and responsible production, and resource efficiency including energy efficiency. 

Pilot Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Network and Finance Centre

This project helped set up a pilot climate technology finance center in Manila (managed by ADB) and a climate technology network secretariat in Bangkok (managed by UN Environment) which aim to accelerate the adoption, deployment, and investment in environmentally sound technologies in Asia and the Pacific to support climate change actions.

The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV)

The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) is the leading global public-private initiative promoting cleaner fuels and vehicles in developing and transition countries.