Sustainable Development

  • Promoting of Appliance of Energy Efficiency and Transformation of the Refrigerating Appliances Market in GhanaPromoting of Appliance of Energy Efficiency and Transformation of the Refrigerating Appliances Market in GhanaThe primary objective of the project is to improve the energy efficiency of appliances marketed and used in Ghana through the introduction of a combination of regulatory tools such as Minimum Energy Performance Standards and Information Labels (S&L), and innovative economic tools. The project seeks to strengthen the regulatory and institutional framework, develop monitoring and enforcement mechanisms, and provide training to appliance professionals.

  • Environmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production in GhanaEnvironmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production in GhanaThe “Environmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production in Ghana” project is a partnership between the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and UNDP. The overall objective of the project is to create institutional systems, tools and policies to rehabilitate cocoa landscapes; conserve and expand forests, forest buffer zones and corridors; and incentivize cocoa farmers to adopt environmentally friendly best practices.

  • Support for Development and Operation of COCOBOD’s Ghana Cocoa PlatformThe Ghana Cocoa Platform is an initiative aimed at enhancing public-private dialogue and joint action planning to support the scale up of sustainable production in the sector. The Platform consists of long term facilitated dialogues for stakeholders directly involved with the Ghanaian cocoa supply chain.

  • Community Resilience through Early WarningCommunity Resilience through Early WarningRecognizing the importance of strengthening Disaster Risk reduction capacities in achieving sustainable development and poverty reduction in Ghana, this project aims to build capacities within the country to reduce disaster risk by putting in place an integrated early warning system that is both scientific and people-centered.

  • Institutional Support to the Implementation of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Action PlanUNDP is now supporting the implementation of the Action Plan, specifically focusing on improved cookstoves and monitoring of energy access:

  • China-Ghana South-South Cooperation on Renewable Energy Technology TransferIn order to enable coherent cooperation between China and countries in Africa, in particular around the promotion of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, UNDP China has been funded to develop two projects, one with Zambia and one with Ghana. Both aim to ensure a more holistic transfer of renewable energy technologies from China to Africa. The planned support will not transfer hardware per se, but focus on the institutional framework and capacity required to make the local absorption of renewable energy technologies effective.

  • Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Projecthe project will focus on strengthening Ghana’s capacity to align its economic development to a low carbon path. It is expected that the implementation of the LECB project activities will contribute to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, directly or indirectly in the economic development of Ghana.

  • Integrating Green Economy into Ghana's Medium-Term Development PlanThe purpose of the phase 2 of the programme is to provide technical support to MESTI and other national partners to implement the road map which was developed under the expert meetings under the phase 1. The road map aims to advocate for mainstreaming inclusive green economy principles into the successor medium-term national development framework.

  • Pilot Demonstration Project on ODS-Waste Management and DisposalUNDP Ghana in collaboration with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Energy Commission of Ghana and the Center for Rural and Industrial Research (CRIR) has developed an overarching strategy to provide climate and ozone benefits through the Integrated Plan for Energy Efficiency, Climate Mitigation and Ozone-depleting substances (ODS) Reductions for the Refrigeration Sector.

  • Institutional Strengthening (Phase 9 & 10)The project will allow the National Ozone Office to continue to plan, organize, direct and coordinate all activities required for the implementation of Ghana's strategy in all areas related to the Phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances under the Montreal Protocol.

  • Hydro chlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan for GhanaThe objectives of Phase 1 of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) are to establish an enabling environment for safe use of hydrocarbon refrigerants and achieve timely, environmentally sound, sustainable and cost-effective phase-out of 17.3 tonnes of substances with Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) as required under the Montreal Protocol.

  • Africa Adaptation programmeAfrica Adaptation programmeThe Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) Ghana helps the Government and the people of Ghana to develop integrated adaptation plans and actions to build resilience to disasters and climate change. AAP Ghana works on developing capacities and financing options for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into various policies, systems, and sectors in Ghana, with a focus on early-warning systems.

  • Integrating climate change into the management of priority health risks in GhanaThe proposed project will develop systems and response mechanisms to strengthen the integration of climate change risks into the health sector. Critical barriers will be overcome to shift the current response capacity of the health sector from being reactive towards being more anticipatory, deliberate and systematic. Project actions will identify, implement, monitor, and evaluate adaptations to reduce likely future burdens of malaria, diarrhoeal diseases, and cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM), priority climate change-related health issues identified by national stakeholders.

  • Advocacy and capacity building for disaster risk reduction and preparedness in Ghana - The GFDRR projectAdvocacy and capacity building for disaster risk reduction and preparedness in Ghana - The GFDRR projectThis project is aimed at supporting Ghana’s efforts to implement the Ghana Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) within the framework of the Hyogo Framework for Action – Strengthen National Disaster Management Strategies and Institutions.

  • SWITCH Africa Green Project implementation in GhanaSWITCH Africa Green Project implementation in GhanaGhana continues to suffer from unsustainable consumption of natural resources such as forests, minerals, water bodies and fisheries. Development efforts based on resource efficient and cleaner production are recognised as an essential requirement for achieving sustainable development while addressing the persistent environmental degradation.



Equitable energy access and sound environmental management are critical to achieve sustainable development. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) (2012-2016) provides support to strengthen the capacity of Ghana to address energy and environmental challenges at national, regional, and local levels, by focusing on key priority areas, such as climate change, disaster risk reduction, energy and biodiversity.

Cluster Projects documents

The following are links to various project documents related to the Sustainable Development Cluster