Funding facts

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) depends on voluntary contributions for 95 per cent of the income. There are three sources of funding for UNEP:

  • Regular Budget supports the functions of the Secretariat, including the Governing Bodies, coordination in the UN system, and cooperation with global scientific communities.
  • Environment Fund - the core fund which supports the essential capacity needed for the balanced and efficient delivery of UNEP's programme of work, which is approved by our Member States.
  • Earmarked Contributions that enable the expansion and replication of the programme and its results in more countries and with more partners.  


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A global, shared responsibility calls for an increased investment in UNEP. The success of UNEP's work highly depends on the contributions made by Member States and other partners. Multi-year commitments, increased and adequate resources, and timely payments are therefore extremely critical. In particular, increased core contributions to the Environment Fund enable us to deliver our expected results more effectively.

In 2017, a new Resource Mobilisation Strategy was developed to ensure adequate funding is available for the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategy and Programmes of Work 2018-2021. The new strategy aims to broaden the base of funding partners as well as increase the core resources, majority of which currently come from Member States.  We are grateful to our partners for the contributions they give to UNEP.

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