UNEP Annual Report Gives Glimpse of Program’s 2010-2011 Plans

The United Nations Environment Program will focus on six thematic subprograms in its 2010-2011 operations. Photo by: DfID / CC BY 2.0 DfIDCC BY 2.0

The United Nations Environment Program will focus on six thematic subprograms in its 2010-2011 operations, according to the agency’s latest annual report, which gives a snapshot of UNEP’s program over the next two years while looking back at its accomplishments in 2009.

UNEP’s 2010-2011 program of work divides the agency’s budget under six themes namely climate change, disasters and conflicts, environmental governance, ecosystem management, harmful substances and hazardous waste, and resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production.

The 2009 annual report provides a glimpse of expected accomplishments under each theme, including the incorporation of climate change adaptation and cost-effective prevention actions in national development process, building the capacity of U.N. member states for environmental management, ensuring  the prompt execution of rapid and reliable environmental assessments following disasters and conflicts, equipping countries and regions with the capacity to utilize ecosystem management tools and providing a coherent international policy for managing harmful chemicals, among others.

Meanwhile, for its 2009 operations, UNEP reports that it supported 18 countries under the UNEP-U.N. Development Program Poverty and Environment Initiative. The agency is also helping 15 developing countries review their renewable energy potential and is working with more than 25 countries to identify barriers to the development and uptake of clean technologies, the report says.

UNEP’s funding increased throughout its 2008-2009 biennium, with commitments and internal resources reaching a total of USD570.5 million by the end of 2009. The number of countries supporting the Global Environment Fund also rose from 92 in 2008 to 98 by December 2009, according to the report.

Overall contributions for the 2008-2009 biennium increased by 22 percent from the 2006-2007 period.

The annual report, however, notes certain challenges to the nature of UNEP’s funding, which still relies on extra-budgetary funds.

Explaining the importance of early contributions to the timely delivery of its work, the agency says it will promote a gradual move to a multi-year, multi-donor program for each of the subprograms identified in the 2010-2011 period. A uniform program support cost will also be considered, the report says.

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