Environment Fund

The Environment Fund is our core source of flexible funds, provided by our Member States. The Fund provides the bedrock for our work worldwide, as we support countries to deliver on the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda.

The Environment Fund is used for:

  • Implementation of our seven thematic sub-programmes
  • Identification of new emerging environmental issues (such as through our Frontiers-series);
  • Innovation for addressing environmental challenges;
  • Advocacy and awareness raising on environmental issues;
  • Capacity building and transfer of technological innovations;
  • Results-based planning and management;
  • Bringing together governments, the private sector and civil society in advancing the global environmental agenda, for example through the UN Environment Assembly;
  • Robust oversight 

In 2018, the Environment Fund provided USD 67.9 million, or 16 per cent, of our total income. Of the Fund, 85 per cent is used for the seven thematic sub-programmes. The rest supports strategic direction, management and programme support, which are critical for implementing the organisation's vision and ensuring robust oversight and delivery.

Since 2012, UN Environment's membership encompasses all 193 UN Member States, who are responsible for funding our programme. Currently, only 83 Member States contribute to the UN Environment Programme. As the success of our work highly depends on the contributions made, we encourage all Member States to contribute their fair share to our Environment Fund.

How is the level of contributions from Member States determined?

The Voluntary Indicative Scale of Contributions (VISC)which takes into account each country's economic and social circumstances, was established in 2002 by the seventh special session of the UN Environment Programme Governing Council. It proposes the percentage that each Member State could contribute to UN Environment's programme budget. The aim is to broaden the base of contributions and to enhance predictability in the voluntary financing of the Environment Fund. The decision also encouraged all countries to contribute on the basis of this fair scale.  

We appreciate Member States who lead the way with multi-year commitments to the Environment Fund, such as Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands.

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