Environment and Energy are essential for sustainable development. The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean, affordable energy services. These issues are also global as climate change, loss of biodiversity and ozone layer depletion cannot be addressed by countries acting alone. UNDP helps countries strengthen their capacity to address these challenges at global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects that help poor people build sustainable livelihoods. For more information on Corporate UNDP Environment and Energy focus area please click here.
UNDP Kuwait and Environment & Energy
The State of Kuwait’s rapid economic growth has both burdened the environment and left it lagging behind other areas of progress. The attainment of the Millennium Development Goal 7 of Ensuring Environmental Sustainability remains to be challenge with outdated environmental laws and regulations, lack of coordination between institutions, limited institutional capacities and lack of public information on environmental issues.
UNDP Kuwait has focused on upstream strategic interventions with the formulation of the National Environmental Strategic Plan and the current efforts to strengthen the institutional performance of the Environmental Public Authority (EPA) enabling it to meet its mandate and obligations. It has also contributed to the development of the first Kuwait Integrated Environmental Information Network providing specialists and the public with access to updated and reliable demographic and environmental information, using Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies. UNDP Kuwait is currently very active in planning and very soon implementing Kuwait Integrated Environmental Management (KIEM) project which is to design a clear regulatory framework that provides guidance for promulgation of Kuwait environmental law with special attention to air quality emissions.