UNDP is the knowledge frontier organisation for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), working with a network of advisors and specialists across the globe to ensure that local knowledge and context specific expertise is linked to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context and in line with its strategic plan, UNDP supports countries to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion through inter-related areas of environment and climate work, such as sustainable management of ecosystem goods and services or scaling up of climate change adaptation and mitigation.
UNDP's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan emphasises the critical links between environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and broader efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP's Nature, Climate Change, and Energy (NCE) Team promotes and scales up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas. Underpinning this work are the UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards which seek to strengthen the social and environmental outcomes of its projects and programmes, avoid adverse impacts to people and the environment, and ensure full and effective stakeholder engagement including through grievance mechanisms, among other objectives.
To ensure the SES are applied throughout UNDP’s projects, the Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) has been created. SESP are to be a requirement for all UNDP proposed projects and will guarantee the integration of SES overarching principles (including human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability), the identification of potential social and environmental risks, the determination of each project’s risk category and the determination of the level of assessment and management required to address potential social and environmental risks and impacts.
Within this context, two of CLP’s experts, Daniela Rey Christen, CLP Director, and Maria Garcia Espinosa, Senior Policy Advisor, have been selected as part of a roster of consultants to provide quality technical support to projects under development to avoid potential social and environmental risks, or management measures for when avoidance is not possible, and for projects already under implementation, to ensure they adhere to the Environmental and Social Management Framework or Plan, and otherwise fully comply with SES.