OAS; Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment (OAS/USDE)
Organization of American States, 1889 F Street NW
The Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment (USDE) is the principal technical arm of the OAS General Secretariat responsible for meeting the needs of the member states in matters of sustainable economic development. Among its areas of concern are transboundary water resources management, reduction of vulnerability to natural hazards, public participation in decision-making, climate change and and sea- level rise, coastal- zones management, renewable- energy planning, and biodiversity. <p> Formed in 1963, the Unit has evolved from an office dealing with natural resource inventories in different countries to one whose main task is to follow up on the mandates emanating from Agenda 21 and the Bolivia Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development. Today, the Unit manages US $44 million, mostly in external funding, through its staff at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., and in the field. One of its principal functions is to assist member states in preparing projects for loans or grants from bilateral and multilateral organizations and non-governmental academic and research institutions.