The Funding Strategy suggests that the Member States could have the following responsibilities regarding UNEP’s funding:
- Ensure that their counterparts at UNHQ understand the logic behind UNEP’s Programme of Work and Budget, particularly the Regular Budget component, to enhance the quality of the deliberations over the Environment chapter;
- Work with each other and the UNEP Secretariat in creatively thinking of options for widening and deepening UNEP’s resource base;
- Share views, ideas and commitments on how the funding targets of the organisation can be achieved and, when appropriate, have these exchanges among governments in official and informal fora.
- Define their information needs for the necessary facts and figures on the delivery of results, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency to support communication efforts to provide the right information, to the right people, and the right time, in support of the environment and UNEP.
- Reduce, on their part, additional administrative costs for the Secretariat, e.g., by conducting common/joint assessments of UNEP rather than individual ones, standardising reporting requirements and reducing tight earmarking of funds in favour of un-earmarked or lightly earmarked funding.
Interested governments should work closely with the UNEP Secretariat, to develop and execute a country-by-country funding strategy, which would include the identification of:
- various funding sources within the government and with other national organisations, including the private sector;
- relevant partners for working with UNEP in the delivery of its expected accomplishments and leveraging on its work; and
- correct timing and contacts for maximising results.
Contributions from the Member States to UNEP Environment Fund 1973-2013
Status of the Environment Fund as at 30th June 2014
In terms of actual contributions, guidelines are available for the contributions to the Environment Fund ( English | French | Spanish)
The Member States, in case of need for any earmarking, can also choose to negotiate a donor agreement with UNEP whereby funds are agreed to be allocated to specific sub-programmes or projects.
Consultations with member states
The Secretariat is also happy to arrange for consultations with member states, either bilateral or amongst country-groups to foster exchange of views and information on the activities of UNEP. In 2013 two sets of consultations have taken place: with the Government of Switzerland on 2 September 2013 and with the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) 6-8 November 2013.
Summary of consultations
Download Summary of consultations with Switzerland (.PDF)