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Fighting poverty through improved environment

The Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a joint global UN-led programme that supports country-level efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages into national development plans and processes, from policymaking to budgeting, implementation and monitoring.

With both financial and technical support, UNDP and UNEP assist decision-makers and a wide range of other stakeholders to manage the environment in a way that improves livelihoods and leads to sustainable growth. The Initiative works with key government partners to raise awareness, influence policy making and strengthen the mainstreaming of poverty-environment into budget processes, sector programmes and sub-national planning. The overall aim is to bring about lasting institutional change and to catalyze key actors to increase investments in pro-poor environmental and natural resource management.

The Initiative:
  1. was formally launched in 2005 and significantly scaled-up in 2007 at the UNEP Governing Council meeting;
  2. works in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean;
  3. operates through a global Facility, four regional teams and through UN country teams.

The Regional Support Programmes offer (i) guidance on strategic planning and information about poverty-environmental mainstreaming issues in the region; (ii) define a set of priority services, including trainings and knowledge management services for countries in the region; (iii) allocate funds for country programmes and (iv) provide advisory services and support for the regional communities.

The Poverty and Environment Initiative in Europe:

The initiative was formally launched in December 2008 with an inception workshop in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. As a result of the inception event, two countries in Central Asia (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) were selected for full-fledged country programming, while Armenia and Albania were selected for the technical assistance component. Phase 1 (2010-2013) of the programme in these countries has been completed and Phase 2 (2014-2017) has now been launched. By the end of 2017 the following results are expected to be achieved:

  • Poverty-Environment (PE) approaches and tools for integrated development policies, plans and coordination mechanisms are applied.
  • Cross-sectoral budget and expenditure frameworks and coordination mechanisms as well as environment-economic accounting systems are institutionalised.
  • Pro-poor environmental outcomes are integrated into regional institutions and sustainable development processes.

Based in Geneva (Switzerland) and Bratislava (Slovak Republic), the regional PEI team manages the PEI Europe & CIS Programme; provides support to governments and UNDP country offices to facilitate PEI implementation; and promotes the sharing of knowledge and lessons learnt from the different countries in the programme.


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UNEP in the Caspian

UNEP in the Carpathians

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