Earmarked Contributions

Earmarked Contributions are funds that are earmarked by the donor to be used in specific countries, in specific projects or to a specific theme or sub-programme. The main purpose of Earmarked Contributions is to enable expansion and replication of results of our core work, including building capacity in more countries and with more partners.

In 2018, UN Environment received USD 342.1 million in earmarked contributions, which represented 79 per cent of our income in 2018.



While Earmarked Contributions allow Member States to report on priority issues based on their respective governments’ agenda, soft earmarking, targeted for example at the sub-programme level is needed to enable UN Environment to deliver the programme in a balanced and cost-effective manner. Soft earmarking reduces programme support costs by simplifying administrative procedures. A few Member States have already applied this approach successfully to the satisfaction of both the governments and UN Environment.

The European Commission has also taken the lead in providing sufficient funding by having multi-year agreements with UN Environment. These agreements are designed to promote long term stability and strengthen the cooperation between the Member State and UN Environment by implementing programmes that are consistent with the organisation’s mandate and that achieve results at the global, regional, and national levels. Examples of these are found below:

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For contributing to specific earmarked projects, please email: unenvironment-contributions[at]un.org.