Sustainable Development

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.

Our Goals

In the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation, the overarching aim of UNDP support is to promote Ghana transition towards a green economy and a low-carbon and climate resilient society. UNDP has scaled up its support for integrating adaptation and mitigation strategies and practices into development policies, plans and programmes. Under the current UNDAF, UNDP capacity development programmes on climate change have been broadened to include policy development, coordination, and international negotiations. UNDP is also engaging the public and private sectors towards strengthening their capacity to mobilize and absorb international climate finance.more

Improving energy efficiency

Building on lessons learnt from several years of working alongside the Energy Commission, UNDP is also contributing to achieving the Government of Ghana's twin objectives of securing diverse energy sources, primarily by increasing the share of renewable energy in the country's energy mix, and improving energy efficiency. This will be instrumental for Ghana to achieve its goal in becoming a middle income inclusive economy in a sustainable way, in the context of the Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. (Photo credit: UNDP in Ghana)

Our Stories

  • Farmer Hawa Adams is able to harvest three times per year due to a constant supply of water from solar-powered pumps. Photo: Bossman Owusu/UNDP Ghana

    Tapping the sun to increase rural incomes in Ghana

    “I know the sun has power, but I never imagined it could change my life for good,” says Hawa Adams, a vegetable farmer. Hawa lives withmore

Projects and Initiatives

Africa Adaptation programme

The 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. more

Promoting of Appliance of Energy Efficiency and Transformation of the Refrigerating Appliances Market in Ghana

The 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. more

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The African Adaptation Programme

Read about the summary of achievements of the Africa Adaptation Programme implemented by the Sustainable Development Cluster and partners

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Cluster Projects documents

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