The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Advancing climate action. Building resilience.

To tackle the climate emergency and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, urgent and ambitious climate action is required.

At an accelerated rate, climate change is impacting communities in every country, across every continent. From rising sea levels and extreme weather events, to energy, food and water insecurity – the consequences are clear, and they are tragic.

Developing countries and vulnerable populations who are on the front lines of climate change need support. Yet global efforts to combat climate change and achieve sustainable development are falling short.

UNOPS is committed to providing practical solutions to help countries combat climate change, through our expertise in infrastructure, procurement and project management services.

We believe infrastructure is at the heart of building a sustainable, resilient and inclusive future, and is key to ensuring access to clean and affordable energy to all.

While sustainable supply chains can help protect natural resources and limit environmental impacts, the sheer scale and volume of public procurement spending makes it a powerful catalyst for advancing climate action

Across the globe, we are committed to supporting mitigation and adaptation efforts, and as efforts continue to scale up development and climate finance, we are committed to supporting countries to implement and operationalize the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

There is a significant implementation gap that we must bridge to respond to the immense needs brought on by the climate emergency. The time to react and adapt is now.

The UN Secretary General has made it clear: urgent and ambitious climate action is needed to secure a liveable future for all. At UNOPS, we are committed to working as part of the UN system to reignite progress on the SDGs and on climate mitigation and adaptation, facilitate the clean energy transition, and deliver meaningful actions for people and the planet.

Jorge Moreira da Silva - UNOPS Executive Director

How we support

How we support

We provide practical solutions to help countries combat climate change and advance the shift to low-carbon economies. From managing multi-stakeholder initiatives to helping communities mitigate, address and adapt to the impacts of climate change, we help bridge the implementation gap and strengthen partners’ capacity to manage climate-related risks and impacts.

  • Partnerships

    Through our global water, environment and climate portfolio, we support the design and management of multi-stakeholder initiatives and provide operational solutions that help to accelerate the energy transition and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

  • Adaptation and mitigation

    We provide practical solutions to help countries combat climate change – including through sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructure and nature-based solutions that will help drive long-term climate adaptation.

  • Programme management

    We help manage funds and administer grants for climate-related initiatives, and support the delivery of complex, locally adapted programmes for climate action.

  • Sustainable procurement and green supply chains

    Through our expertise in sustainable procurement, we help partners achieve more effective and climate-conscious procurement practices as well as greener and more resilient supply chains – driving the shift to low-carbon solutions, supporting climate adaptation, protecting natural resources and improving socio-economic resilience.

  • Infrastructure planning

    We work closely with governments to analyze long-term infrastructure needs and identify key public infrastructure projects. We also advise on policies and capacity-building initiatives that will help advance climate adaptation, build resilience and promote socio-economic development.

Mission Hubs

Our dedicated Triple Planetary Crisis Hub brings together knowledge, experience and expertise from across the UNOPS family. It supports efforts to address the interconnected challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation.

Research


Research

In collaboration with partners – including academia, subject matter experts and thought leaders – UNOPS publications and research offer insights and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing climate challenges.

  • Publication
    Saint Lucia: National Infrastructure Financing Strategy

    This report equips Saint Lucia with a robust strategy to attract much-needed sustainable infrastructure financing. 

    Read the report

  • Publication
    Inclusive infrastructure for climate action

    UNOPS latest report identifies 7 action areas and 24 recommendations that governments and other stakeholders can use to deliver inclusive infrastructure for climate action – helping to ensure no one is left behind.

    Explore the research

  • Publication
    Infrastructure for Small Island Developing States

    The report highlights ways SIDS can harness their unique resources to help islands overcome vulnerabilities, advance development and reap long-term benefits from infrastructure investments.

    Explore

  • Publication
    Ghana: Roadmap for resilient infraustructure in a changing climate

    A report co-written by UNOPS provides Ghana with a resilient infrastructure roadmap as the country adapts to a changing climate.

    Explore

  • Publication
    Infrastructure: Underpinning sustainable development

    Through a systematic evaluation process, this report presents and explains the ability for infrastructure to influence all 17 of the SDGs, including almost all of their targets.

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  • Publication
    Infrastructure for climate action

    A report from UNOPS, the UN Environment Programme and the University of Oxford reveals that infrastructure is responsible for 79 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Initiatives


Initiatives

To mitigate the global impacts of climate change and deliver on the 2030 Agenda, partnership and collaboration are critical. Explore some of the different initiatives we're supporting below.

  • Water, Environment and Climate

    To support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, UNOPS Water Environment & Climate portfolio supports projects in the areas of transboundary water management, integrated water resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and environmental conservation.

    Find out how

  • Platform on Disaster Displacement

    The Platform on Disaster Displacement is a group of states leading action to better protect people displaced across borders in the context of disaster and climate change. Hosted by UNOPS, the platform works with international organizations and governments to implement strategies that protect and assist those most vulnerable to climate-induced displacement.

    Find out more

  • Climate Vulnerable Forum & Vulnerable Twenty Joint Multi-Donor Fund

    We’re proud to support the Climate Vulnerable Forum and Vulnerable Twenty Joint Multi-Donor Fund to help build stronger, climate-resilient and low carbon economies, as our world recovers from this pandemic.

    Read more about the V20 Group

  • Cities Alliance

    Hosted by UNOPS, Cities Alliance is a global partnership that fights urban poverty and supports cities to deliver sustainable development. As part of this, they work to build resilient cities that can withstand the effects of climate change and support urban adaptation and mitigation processes.

    Learn more

  • South East Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP)

    The ETP is a multi-stakeholder platform that aims to accelerate energy transition in Southeast Asia and deliver the Paris Agreement targets on climate change by bringing together government, donors, philanthropies and partner governments.

    Find out more

  • Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT)

    ICAT works to provide policymakers around the world with tools and support to measure and assess the impacts of their climate actions. The initiative, managed by UNOPS, was founded to respond to the critical need to support improved transparency and capacity building under the Paris Agreement.

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  • NDC Partnership

    Built on the premise of collective action, the NDC Partnership brings  together 117 developed and developing countries and 84 institutional members to create and deliver on ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions that help achieve the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more

Watch


Watch

From the peatlands of Indonesia to the shorelines of Tanzania, watch how we’re helping build a more resilient future, together with partners.

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  • Responding to climate change in Africa

    From Ghana to Zimbabwe, we’re supporting countries across Africa to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

  • Restoring Indonesian peatlands

    Massive fires have put Indonesia’s tropical peatlands at risk. Discover how UNOPS is working with the government of Indonesia to restore them and protect one of nature’s most effective ways of removing carbon.

  • Protecting Guinea’s forests

    Together with the European Union, we’re supporting Guinea's eco-guards who are on the front line of conservation and protecting the country’s rich biodiversity.


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