Social and Environmental Sustainability of UNDP Programming and Operations
Description/achievement of initiative

The social and environmental sustainability performance of UNDP programming and operations is strengthened; thereby enhancing the sustainability and achievement of results including minimizing the environmental footprint from UNDP global operations with the target of climate-neutral operations.

Implementation methodologies

Increasing institutional accountability for social and environmental sustainability of UNDP programming and operations by strengthening sustainability requirements in internal policies and procedures. Revising UNDP operational frameworks and policies to incorporate environmental considerations, through systematic screening of UNDP facilities and vehicle fleets for greening opportunities. Internal capacity building, knowledge sharing, technical support and awareness-raising. Supporting the further development and implementation of the Framework for Advancing the Environmental and Social Sustainability in the United Nations System, including by exchanging experiences with other UN agencies to facilitate institutional learning.


Deliverable Date
Introduction of social and environmental safeguards in UNDP programming policies and procedures 2012
Operationalize the new programming and operations policies and procedures related to social and environmental sustainability through a phased approach by strengthening internal capacities, accountability framework, documenting lessons learned, ongoing ref 2016
A UNDP Environmental Sustainability Management System in place to consistently organize monitoring, managing and reporting the environmental impact related to our global operations in line with international standards and best practices 2013
At least 15 UNDP offices serving as green showcases with considerable reductions achieved in their environmental impact 2015
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
In-kind contribution web based training, policies, procedures
Staff / Technical expertise UNDP staff and consultants

Jens Wandel, Director of UNDP's Bureau of Management ,

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