United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Organizational profile:

As the United Nations lead agency on international development, the United Nationls Development Programme (UNDP) works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP’s work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience.  

UNDP plays a pivotal role in international development as a knowledge broker, capacity builder, innovator, and facilitator of exchanges in the global development debate. It connects countries to the knowledge, resources and networks they need to achieve development breakthroughs.  

Putting nature and the environment at the heart of national economies and planning is one of UNDP’s signature solutions for 2022-2025, and this includes helping governments protect, manage and value their natural assets. On forests, UNDP provides expertise in stakeholder engagement, social and environmental safeguards, governance, institutional coordination, strategic planning, implementation of policies and measures to address drivers of deforestation, access to innovative finance and accessing results-based payments. UNDP also facilitates the necessary partnerships to address the complex elements of the REDD+ process. 

UNDP's Funding Windows are a multi-donor, flexible funding mechanism that provides a strategic opportunity for partners to contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Funding Windows complement UNDP’s core resources by providing catalytic funds in a range of development contexts, including those affected by complex and compounding crises. 

 The Funding Windows underpin flagship initiatives in UNDP's nature, climate, and energy portfolio: 

  • The Climate Promise 
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network 
  • Biodiversity Finance Initiative 
  • Global Support Initiative to territories and areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and local communities 
  • The Forest Declaration Platform 
  • PANORAMA: Solutions for a Healthy Planet 
  • Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land-Use and Agriculture through NDCs and NAPs 

Financing Instrument: Grants, Technical Assistance

Project scale: In 2022, the total expenditure on forest-related projects was US$ 91 million, with individual project budgets up to US$22 million. 

Applicable geographical regions/country groups: Global

Recipient categories: Governments

Application guidelines: To learn more about UNDP’s Thematic Windows contact your UNDP focal point.

Last updated: 6 September 2023

Publication Date
Thursday, 01 April 2021
Applicable location
Climate change
Biodiversity conservation
Sustainable land use
Financing opportunities