Environment Fund

The Environment Fund finances the essential capacity needed for the delivery of UN Environment’s programmes of work globally and from a strong regional basis. Key elements are:

  • Identification of new emerging environmental issues;
  • Innovation for addressing environmental challenges;
  • Advocacy and awareness raising;
  • Essential capability to provide capacity building services;
  • Results-based planning and management; and,
  • Robust oversight 

Funding the Environment Fund is the responsibility of the Member States. With universal membership it is even more important that all Member States of the United Nations taking into account economic and social circumstances contribute financially to UN Environment.

UN Environment appreciates Member States who lead the way with multi-year commitments to the Environment Fund: Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands.


The Voluntary Indicative Scale of Contributions (VISC) was established in 2002 by the seventh special session of the UN Environment Programme Governing Council with the aim 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 scale. 

Related Resources: