UNDP strengthens national capacity to manage the environment in a sustainable manner to advance poverty reduction efforts. Through our country teams in 135 developing countries, we help our partners build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, establish effective partnerships, secure resources, and implement programmes to support sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways.
EuropeAid (Implementing Directorate General)
Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid is a new Directorate–General (DG) responsible for designing EU development policies and delivering aid through programmes and projects across the world.
Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid reinforces the ability of the EU to design state-of-the-art development policy for all developing countries, and enhances policy coherence for development while further improving implementation and delivery mechanisms. It also defines the future development policy drawing from the objectives of the EU's Green Paper on development policy and contributes to global challenges ahead.
Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid plays a leading role in the international debate for development involving donors, international institutions, developing and emerging countries and non State actors.
The Directorate-General for Climate Action ("DG CLIMA") was established in February 2010, climate change being previously included in the remit of DG Environment of the European Commission. It leads international negotiations on climate, helps the EU to deal with the consequences of climate change and to meet its targets for 2020, as well as develops and implements the EU Emissions Trading System.
DG CLIMA develops and implements the EU Emissions Trading System ("EU ETS") and promotes its links with other carbon trading systems with the ultimate aim of building an international carbon trading market. Furthermore, it monitors the implementation of Member States' emission reduction targets in the sectors outside the EU ETS ("Effort Sharing Decision").
It also promotes the development and demonstration of low carbon and adaptation technologies, especially through the development and implementation of cost effective regulatory frameworks for their deployment (e.g. carbon capture and storage, fluorinated gases, ozone depleting substances, vehicle efficiency standards, fuel quality standards) as well as through the development of appropriate financial support schemes.
On 6 June 1986 the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety was established. Since then it has been responsible within the Federal Government for (lead-managing) national environmental policy.
The Federal Environment Ministry's sphere of responsibility also embraces three federal agencies: the Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt), the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz) and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz). The ministry also receives advice in the form of statements and expert opinions from several independent expert bodies. The principal advisory bodies are the Council of Environmental Advisors (Rat von Sachverständigen für Umweltfragen) and the Advisory Council on Global Change (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Globale Umweltveränderungen).
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for the Australian Government's international relations, trade and development assistance programs through its offices in Australia and Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates throughout the world.
The Department's functions include international development co-operation, climate change negotiations and the coordination of climate change policies, as well as external affairs including relations with other governments and UN agencies, treaties and trade policy, diplomatic missions and public diplomacy, including information and cultural programmes.