Supporting UNECE member States in the development and implementation of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) – Phase II [ensuite E357]


Sustainable Energy

$ 3,164,557

01 Jan 2024

31 Dec 2027

09 Oct 2023 Excom session 130

European Union

UNECE member States

The objective of the project is to build capacities in UNECE member States for sustainable management of resources through the application of UNFC and UNRMS. This project is a continuation of project E357 “Supporting UNECE member States in the development and implementation of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources  and the United Nations Resource Management System  – Phase I” (2020-2024). Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires energy and raw materials, but there is a need to make resource production and use more efficient and carbon neutral. Due to the exponential growth in the quantities of resources consumed by society, progress towards a carbon-neutral society, including a shift toward a circular economy paradigm, has become necessary. Such energy transition needs secure supply chains for critical raw materials, required as well for diverse social and economic sectors, including health and agriculture. UNFC and UNRMS provide a unified, comparable, interoperable and harmonized approach to resource assessment and management adapt  for governmental, statistical, corporate and financial purposes. The Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM) is mandated to develop and support the implementation of UNFC, an internationally applicable classification scheme for energy and mineral resources. In its recent work, EGRM has developed UNFC for resources including solar, geothermal, wind and bioenergy, as well as anthropogenic resources, and work is underway on hydro and marine energy, groundwater and hydrogen. EGRM is also mandated to develop UNRMS as a dynamic system for sustainable resource management based on information structured through UNFC. The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has endorsed UNFC and UNRMS (Decision 2004/233 and Resolution E/RES/2023/19 respectively) for global application. UNFC and UNRMS represent an integrated  toolkit to assist countries in managing their natural resources sustainably and in alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNFC- and UNRMS-based classification and management provide the basis for reliable and coherent information on the natural resource base, which can be used for policymaking and directing capital investments.