PEI Annual Progress Report 2015
The Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI), a joint UNDP-UN Environment global programme, is designed to improve the ability of governments to govern natural resources better, reduce poverty, promote environmental sustainability and meet the intertwined challenges set by the Sustainable Development Goals. Poverty-Environment Initiative is the only global development programme designed to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to address and manage environmental risks and opportunities through development planning. In 2015, the Initiative focused its technical and financial support in 24 countries: Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, Tajikistan and Tanzania. PEI also provided technical advisory services to Botswana, Thailand and a range of UN and non-UN development partners. The Global Programme is also engaging with countries on the 2030 Agenda and a transition towards an inclusive green economy. Indeed, it is clear that grounding the SDG agenda at the regional, national and local levels will require integrated approaches—such as those pioneered by the Poverty-Environment Initiative—to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals into countries’ national development strategies, local development plans and budget resource allocations.