Universal Membership – Global Responsibility
A global, shared responsibility calls for an increased number of Member States to contribute with higher amounts to UNEP, in particular to the Environment Fund. Governments are the core of UNEP’s funding because UNEP is an intergovernmental organization owned by the 193 UN Member States. The Member States must collectively change the current reality right now: UNEP is dependent on 15 countries for 93 per cent of the funding to the Environment Fund (2013). Each and every country is a donor, each and every country is a recipient. Resourcing the 2014-2015 budget will require a broadening and deepening of the current donor base.
Fortunately, support for UNEP is widespread. Altogether 181 countries made at least one voluntary contribution to the Environment Fund in the period 1973-2011. Some 12 countries maintained regular annual contributions over the same period.
Moreover, when it comes to the environment, the challenges do not stop at borders. Therefore, every Member State has a role both as a donor and as a recipient.
Contributions to the Environment Fund 2013
Subsequent to the governments’ commitment in Rio to providing Stable, Secure, Adequate, Increased Financial Resources for UNEP (paragraph 88b) through both regular budget and voluntary contributions, several governments recognized that some collective momentum was needed to achieve this commitment. Discussions were hence initiated amongst some Member States with the main purpose of finding a way to share the funding burden and generating additional contributions, in particular, to the Environment Fund (EF). So far the discussions have identified key areas that led to the development of a global funding strategy and identified a need for more in-depth analysis on the quality of funding and what can be jointly done to reach out to as wide a range of funding partners as possible. Country-by-country strategies are also being developed for the Member States and the secretariat jointly.