Why Invest in UNEP

Success Stories

Montreal Protocol / Multilateral Fund
Montreal ProtocolThe Montreal Protocol/Multilateral Fund has cut ozone depleting substances by 98 per cent—over 20 million skin cancer and 130 million eye cataract cases prevented; trillions of dollars in reduced health care costs, climate benefits equal to 135 Gigatonnes of C02.
Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicle
PCFVUNEP-led Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles finalized the near global elimination of lead in fuel— a phase-out worth $2.4 trillion in reduced premature deaths, heart disease and brain damage in up to 18 million children. Phasing-down sulphur in fuels now underway.
Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI)
PEIThis joint UNDP-UNEP initiative has assisted nearly 30 countries since 2008 incorporating targeted investments in national development plans and budgets. 50 countries expressing interest to participate in a new five year phase launched in 2013.
Global Green New Deal
Green EconomyUNEP’s Global Green New Deal helped focus $460 billion of an estimated $3 trillion of stimulus packages on green investments, and saw UNEP’s Green Economy report and initiative become a major theme in the Rio+20 summit. UNEP has since worked with 25 countries on a Green Economy transition. Partnership for a Green Economy launched in 2013 with 30 developing countries requesting support.
Global Environment Outlook-5
GEO 5GEO reports are UNEP’s most authoritative assessment on the state of the planet which in 2012 informed Rio+20 negotiations: over 5,000 articles and 280,000 visits to GEO-5’s web site in the month of June 2012 with spin-off reports for cities, youth and business.
Fast Climate Action

CCACUNEP has over 10 years built the scientific case for fast action on short-lived climate pollutants.

Climate and Clean Air Coalition launched in February 2012: now a multi-million dollar initiative with over 60 country and non-country members.

New International Mandates for UNEP in 2012: Member states selected UNEP to host Secretariats for

Funding Support for UNEP Broadens with a first-time pledge of $6 million from Brazil and $6 million from China at the Rio+20 Summit, while the Russian Federation’s contribution has tripled in the past two years.

En.lighten Initiative

En.lightenThrough the En.lighten initiative UNEP is promoting the transition to energy-efficient lighting.

This is one of the most straightforward and cost-effective approaches to mitigating climate change, with potential annual CO2 reductions of 490 million tonnes – equivalent to the emissions of Italy and Denmark.

Few actions could reduce carbon emissions as inexpensively and easily as the phase-out of inefficient lighting and making sure that any new lighting uses environmentally sustainable technology\

In 2012, 46 countries joined the initiative as partners, and phase-out activities began in 14 countries.

New Country Lighting Assessments highlighted the energy, financial and CO2 savings potential for the domestic, commercial and street lighting sectors in 150 countries.

Clean Seas

CCACFrom its inception in 1972, UNEP has always been at the forefront of the fight to keep the world’s oceans clean. Among its early achievements was agreement on the landmark Mediterranean Action Plan which, itself spawned in 1974 spawned the Regional Seas Programme, which today remains one of UNEP’s most significant achievements. 

The Regional Seas Programme aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment, by engaging neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their shared marine environment. It has accomplished this by stimulating the creation of Regional Seas programmes prescriptions for sound environmental management to be coordinated and implemented by countries sharing a common body of water.

Today, more than 143 countries participate in 13 Regional Seas programmes established under the auspices of UNEP: Black Sea, Wider Caribbean, East Asian Seas, Eastern Africa, South Asian Seas, ROPME Sea Area, Mediterranean, North-East Pacific, Northwest Pacific, Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, South-East Pacific, Pacific, and Western Africa. Six of these programmes, are directly administered by UNEP.