United Nations Development Group Delivering Together for Development
Environmental sustainability

Sustainable development has been a guiding policy of the United Nations since 1992. In adopting this policy, members-states had political agreement that development consists of three main pillars (that is, economic, social and environmental pillars) and gains in one of them should not come at the expense of the other two.

The concept has a unique inter-generational imperative: that development should meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Environmental sustainability is therefore one of the five key principals that must be applied in conducting a CCA and preparing an UNDAF.

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UNDG/ECHA Guidance Note on Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Transition Settings
January 2013
The Guidance Note has been produced by a Task Team within the UN Development Group (UNDG) and the Executive Committee for Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA). It helps UN Country Teams and UN Missions to understand the positive and negative roles that natural resources can play in peace consolidation. It provides practical guidance on how to feed in to transitional analysis and planning frameworks including: Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA), Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP), peace building frameworks and tools, the UN Common Country Analysis (CCA) and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The guidance provides diagnostic tools to assist in deciding where and when natural resource management issues need to be addressed, how this can be done, what types of roles the UN can take on, and how the UN can support other actors.
UNDG Statement on UN country level system support for integrated approaches to sustainable development
March 2012
UNDG TT Report of Survey Findings on Rio+20 themes
March 2012
Mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability in Country Analysis and the UNDAF
2009
A Guidance note for United Nations Country Teams and Implementing Partners Teams