Meeting on Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals lays ground for new four-year programme
The soon-to-be launched Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (Poverty-Environment Action), brought representatives from UNDP, UN Environment and Poverty-Environment mainstreaming partners from the Finance Initiative and the SWITCH Africa Green Programme, to lay the ground for launch of the new global programme. The meeting was held from 8 to 9 March 2018 in Nairobi.
The participants reached a common understanding on the main new focus areas of Poverty-Environment Action, including the use of an integrated approach (based on Poverty-Environment Initiative experience), pro-poor, green investments, private sector engagement and rights based/gender/poverty approach for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also explored the modality for technical assistance and updates on relevant partner programmes to create synergies and avoid duplication, and integration and links with umbrella programmes at country level.
Ms. Mette Wilkie, Ecosystems Division Director, UN Environment, and member, Joint Management Board, Poverty-Environment Initiative, highlighted the need to look at how we can mainstream Poverty-Environment Initiative tools and best practices across UN Environment and UNDP’s other programmes and partners.
Ms. Kempf and Ms. Juepner, Poverty-Environment Initiative co-directors, presented the new project Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (2018-2022) and its four focus areas and updated the timeline for the start of the four-year project. Of the total estimated donor funded project budget of 20 million USD for the project, 8.8 million euros (11 million USD) had been pledged by the European Union (EU), albeit with certain restrictions on where and how the funds could be spent. Austria had pledged 600,000 euros. Norway and Sweden had pledged through their respective pooled funds to UN Environment an additional 4 million USD. UNDP in kind staff and TRAC and UN Environment in kind staff contributions had each pledged an additional 6 million USD.
Poverty-Environment Action would operate in eight Least Developed Countries – four each in Africa and Asia and the Pacific – which are currently being served by the Poverty-Environment Initiative, with the intention of deepening their engagement in the mainstreaming of the Poverty-Environment Nexus.
Additionally, technical assistance would be offered to both current and new countries, broadening the lessons learnt through advisory services and South-South exchange, cooperation and learning. The focus of the new programme will be on quality investments going beyond the current mainstreaming of poverty-environment nexus into plans, policies and budgets to meet the implementation gap.