United Nations Environment Programme


  • Type International
  • Date of accreditation 08 Jul 2015

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is an international entity whose mandate is to promote sustainable development and prudent use of the global environment. It assists many countries to achieve resilient, low-emission pathways through its flagship programmes in adaptation, forestry, energy efficiency and transition to sustainable development. Its key activities include promoting investment in clean technologies in order to reduce emissions, protecting biodiversity and ecosystems, alleviating poverty, and ecosystem-based adaptation in order to reduce human vulnerability and strengthen resilience to the impacts of climate change. It works with the financial communities to mobilize financial resources for investments in low carbon and climate resilient development; developing climate finance readiness and capacity-building; and undertaking policy and research analysis. The climate change portfolio of UNEP has a total volume of over US$ 400 million. UNEP sought accreditation to the GCF in order to catalyse the use of ecosystem services to achieve a paradigm shift to resilient, green sustainable development by using its vast experience of providing green solutions in both climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Accreditation timeline

Accreditation term 1

20 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2022

Accreditation date

09 Jul 2015

AMA execution date

15 Dec 2016

AMA effectiveness

20 Feb 2017

Term end date

19 Feb 2022

Accreditation term 2

02 Aug 2023 - 01 Aug 2028

Re-accreditation date

20 Jul 2022

AMA execution date

13 Jul 2023

AMA effectiveness

02 Aug 2023

Term end date

01 Aug 2028

Entity details

  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • Environmental and social risk category
    • Category C
    • Category B
    • Category A
    • Intermediation 3
    • Intermediation 2
    • Intermediation 1
  • Fiduciary standards
    • Basic
    • Project management
    • Grant award
    • On-lending/blending:
    • Loan
    • Equity
    • Guarantee
    • Blending




Building climate resilience in the landscapes of Kigoma region, Tanzania



Enhancing Early Warning Systems to build greater resilience to hydro-meteorological hazards in Timor-Leste


Multiple countries

Enhancing Climate Information and Knowledge Services for resilience in 5 island countries of the Pacific Ocean


Lao People's Democratic Republic (the)

Building resilience of urban populations with ecosystem-based solutions in Lao PDR



REDD+ Results-based payments in Paraguay for the period 2015-2017



Enhanced climate resilience of rural communities in central and north Benin through the implementation of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in forest and agricultural landscapes



Enhancing climate resilience of the water sector in Bahrain



Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation in The Gambia: developing a climate-resilient, natural resource-based economy


News + Stories

Guardians of the shore: GCF and UNEP partner to protect mangroves and coastal ecosystems in Dominica and Mozambique

09 Dec 2023 / The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will boost support for global mangrove protection with the announcement of two mangrove conservation and coastal management projects in Dominica and Mozambique.

Green Climate Fund and its partners launch the Alliance for Hydromet Development

10 Dec 2019 / Twelve international organisations providing assistance to developing countries came together at COP25 today to launch the Alliance for Hydromet Development. As a founding member, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) joined the Alliance to unite efforts to close the capacity gap on early warnings and climate information by 2030.

GCF speeds up funding process to help meet urgent need for climate action

15 Nov 2019 / The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has signed implementation agreements for three climate finance projects immediately after they were approved by the GCF Board during its meeting on 12-14 November. The rapid move from Board approval to legal agreements represents a first for GCF in terms of accelerating the speed of available funding to meet the urgent need for climate action in developing countries.

GCF, UN Environment launch project to fortify the Gambia against droughts, floods

24 Jan 2018 / The Gambia's Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources Lamin Dibba said a GCF-funded adaptation project launched on Tuesday will provide benefits across all of this West African country.

GCF and CTCN strengthen cooperation on technology to support Paris Agreement

16 Nov 2017 / From today, developing countries will have stronger technology and financial backing to help meet their commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

GCF transfers funds to UN Environment for Ecosystem Based Adaptation project in the Gambia

15 Nov 2017 / GCF has transferred the first tranche of climate funds to improve ecosystems-based adaptation in the Gambia.

GCF concludes Framework Agreements with UNDP, UNEP and GIZ to support country readiness

30 Nov 2016 / GCF has concluded Readiness Framework Agreements with UNDP, UNEP, and GIZ, enabling the three organisations to serve as readiness support delivery partners with the Fund.

GCF approves first grants for National Adaptation Planning in Liberia and Nepal

15 Nov 2016 / GCF today announced the approval of its first grants in support of processes to develop National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).


Mr. Henrik Slotte

Special Advisor, Resource Mobilization, Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund Coordinator, Corporate Services Division
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone +41 22 917 85 98
Mr. Sean Khan

GCF Coordinator, Corporate Services Division
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, P.O. Box 30552 Nairobi, Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone +254 20 762 3795