6 Ensure environmental sustainability

Where we are?


There is some progress observed in terms of ensuring environmental sustainability. However, due to the impact of human activity, about 70 percent of surface water and a large share of groundwater resources are no longer a source of safe drinking water. In 2012, 4.3 million tons of pollutants were emitted into the air. To achieve the goal, it is necessary to improve the management of natural resources, pursue a consistent environmental policy, and secure gradual environmentally friendly modernization of production. 

UNDP's work in Ukraine

  • The flare will reduce greenhouse emissions by approximately 125,000 tons

    Breath of fresh air for Lugansk

    The municipality of Lugansk took an environmental hotspot - a landfill with over three million tons of waste - and turned it into an opportunity. They more

Share of urban population with access to centralized water supply

Bar Chart

1.69 years
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG7
  1. Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources
  2. Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
    • Proportion of land area covered by forest and proportion of species threatened with extinction
    • CO2 emissions, total, per capita and per $1 GDP (PPP)
    • Consumption of ozone-depleting substances
    • Proportion of fish stocks within safe biological limits
    • Proportion of total water resources used
    • Proportion of terrestrial and marine areas protected
  3. Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
    • Proportion of population using an improved drinking water source
    • Proportion of population using an improved sanitation facility
  4. Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020
    • Proportion of urban population living in slums