The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is an intergovernmental agency created in 1972 to provide governments with technical assistance in the area of natural resource management. It serves both developed and developing country governments, with a clear focus on the latter. Most of its work is funded by developed countries, often from development aid budgets.
UNEP's work is organised around six priority areas - climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, harmful substances and resource efficiency.
As a part of its efforts to curb climate change, UNEP helps governments develop the information base needed to prepare long-term policies and plans to mitigate climate change and adapt to it. The preparation of a guide for undertaking multi-criteria analyses of climate policies fits directly under this priority.
UNEP is therefore acting as Convenor for MCA4climate. Our role is to bring together leading experts from around the world, to coordinate their analysis, to manage the consultation process and to ensure the legitimacy of the final guidance document. The UNEP team working on MCA4climate are as follows: