The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Water and Energy Cluster
UNOPS Water and Energy Cluster supports the design and management of multi-stakeholder initiatives, and provides financial and grant management, procurement, human resources and project management services.
To support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, the cluster supports projects in the areas of transboundary water management, integrated water resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and environmental conservation.
UNOPS further supports the climate agenda by promoting climate transparency, helping develop finance-ready mitigation and adaptation proposals and providing operational support to the largest climate financing partners such as the Green Climate Fund.
- Enables countries to access climate financing and implement their climate action plans through grant management support provided to more than 100 Green Climate Fund projects since 2018.
- Provides hands-on tools and support to build climate transparency frameworks and equips countries with the ability to measure the effectiveness of planned or implemented national and sub-national climate activities in line with the Paris Agreement.
- Enhances the adoption and implementation of national and regional ecosystem-based management approaches to sustainable fisheries as well as marine and coastal management.
- Key partners
UN Development Programme
Green Climate Fund
Global Environment Facility
Government of Germany
Government of Italy
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
Danish International Development Agency
Initiative for Climate Action Transparency
UNOPS manages the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) which aims to provide policymakers around the world with tools and support to measure and assess the impacts of their climate actions. ICAT integrates guidance, capacity building and knowledge sharing, and currently engages 40 countries across four regions to foster transparent and effective climate action.
As a result of ICAT support:
- Sri Lanka successfully developed and implemented a new national measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) system for the transport sector.
- Ghana improved its existing MRV system with an appropriate climate data management system that supports regular national and international reporting of information on greenhouse gas emissions and climate actions.
- Costa Rica optimized their legal architecture through strengthened data collection, management and sharing practices as well as established links between climate mitigation actions and sustainable development benefits.
- Various partner countries have accessed additional climate finance and support thanks to generated evidence of the effectiveness of planned activities with regards to their national climate targets.
Supported by UNOPS, the UN Development Programme and Global Environment Facility’s CLME+ Project helps participating countries improve the management of their shared living marine resources through an ecosystem-based management approach.
The CLME+ Project has helped:
- Enhance understanding of the need for sustainable marine and coastal management to be an integral part of national and regional development plans.
- Support countries within the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems to catalyze implementation of the CLME+ Strategic Action Programme and enhance marine and coastal management.
- Strengthen existing and create new inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms.
- Create a CLME+ regional knowledge exchange platform that harnesses global, regional and local knowledge.