UNDP is the knowledge frontier organisation for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), working with a network of advisors and specialists across the globe to ensure that local knowledge and context specific expertise is linked to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context and in line with its strategic plan, UNDP supports countries to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion through inter-related areas of environment and climate work, such as sustainable management of ecosystem goods and services or scaling up of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

UNDP's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan emphasises the critical links between environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and broader efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP's Nature, Climate Change, and Energy (NCE) Team promotes and scales up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas. Underpinning this work are the UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards which seek to strengthen the social and environmental outcomes of its projects and programmes, avoid adverse impacts to people and the environment, and ensure full and effective stakeholder engagement including through grievance mechanisms, among other objectives.

To ensure the SES are applied throughout UNDP’s projects, the Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) has been created. SESP are to be a requirement for all UNDP proposed projects and will guarantee the integration of SES overarching principles (including human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability), the identification of potential social and environmental risks, the determination of each project’s risk category and the determination of the level of assessment and management required to address potential social and environmental risks and impacts.


Read more: UNDP’s Nature, Climate & Energy Vertical Fund team as SES ICFA consultants


The Offset National Emissions through Sustainable Landscapes (ONE-SL) program will support developing countries to unlock new private sector sources of finance and incentivize protection of forests. The program will help developing countries overcome unique technical challenges to improve sustainable forest landscape programs in order to become eligible suppliers of carbon offsets under major international environmental markets.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, forest conservation, and economic development intersect in REDD+. Yet REDD+ programs will not achieve success without sustainable financing that includes the private sector. The purpose of the Offset National Emissions through Sustainable Landscapes (ONE-SL) project is to address these challenges in partnership with country stakeholders, the private sector, and the Department of State (DOS). The goal of ONE-SL is to develop understanding, capacity, and tools to enable countries to participate in jurisdictional REDD+ with nested projects and derived offsets that have unimpeachable quality and meet private sector needs.

The expected results of ONE-SL are greatly enhanced understanding, capacity, and access to innovative tools for successful REDD+ implementation among countries, project developers and commercial industry offset purchasers. ONE-SL will serve as a critical missing puzzle piece to ensure sustainable REDD+ programs that support conservation, sustainable landscapes, and resilience of forest ecosystems. The project will allow the mobilization of investment from commercial industry, and increased ambition and success from forest nations. The anticipated impact of ONE-SL is a reduction of 85 million tons of CO2e emissions, 297 thousand hectares under improved management, and $2 million invested in jurisdictional REDD+.


Read more: Offset National Emissions through Sustainable Landscapes (ONE-SL)


The Green Climate Fund’s Project Preparation Facility (PPF) provides financial and technical assistance for the preparation of project and programme funding proposals by Accredited Entities (AE). In contrast with other support programming options at the GCF, the PPF provides targeted support to the AE in preparing full funding proposals for consideration by the Board, based on a concept note that has been cleared for project preparation support vis-à-vis GCF investment criteria. The PPF is designed especially to support smaller, developing countries for projects in the micro (<USD 10 million) to small (USD 10-50 million) however, all AE are eligible to apply.

To this end, the Fund, through the PPF, provides support in two ways: either through financial support directly through PPF funding, or via the so-called PPF service. The PPF Service aims to simplify the delivery of project development activities approved under the PPF by alleviating the administrative, project management and expertise burden borne by accredited entities (AE), thus enhancing the diversity and balance of the GCF project portfolio and fostering least developed countries’ access to GCF funding.


Read more: GCF Framework contract for Project Preparation Facility Support


The objective of this consultancy is to support the coordination, consultation, capacity building and development of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is highly vulnerable to climate change, and given its economy is founded mostly on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and forests, contributing approximately one fifth of the country’s GDP, building resilience to climate change has been central to national discourse for over a decade. Recognised as an acute challenge for PNG, government and partners have committed to mainstream climate action in their planning and delivery, with major policy initiatives such as Vision 2050 and the national Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development illustrative of the efforts to include better natural resource management, conservation and sustainable growth into policy planning and implementation efforts; growing legal architecture has also been key. PNG’s geography, its economic base, its exposure to external shocks and limited capacity across Government, however, make these challenges difficult to address.

Nevertheless, specific adaptation measures need to be integrated into sectoral policies, planning and budgeting processes for PNG to significantly improve its adaptation capacity. To this end, a national adaptation plan will be developed in PNG to assess their specific vulnerability to climate change and define and design implementation arrangements and financing sources to integrate climate change adaptation into their national development processes. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in close collaboration with PNG’s Climate Change Development Authority (CCDA) will implement this project, with support from the GCF Readiness Programme. CLP will develop a consultancy to support the development of this National Action Plan.


Read more: Development of Papua New Guinea’s National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change


The purpose of this consultancy is to support the IEU to assess the relevance and effectiveness GCF's private sector approach so far and will assess the performance of the GCF’s Updated Strategic Plan in relation to engaging and catalysing the private sector including to inform the prospective strategy on the private sector.


Read more: GCF Independent Evaluation of GCF’s Private Sector Approach