Building capacity through the UN CC:Learn platform

Submitted by Julia Barrott | published 21st Mar 2017 | last updated 13th May 2019
climate change

Introduction

Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic and results oriented climate change learning. With partners across the UN system and in partner countries, UN CC:Learn promotes capacities to ensure continuous and strategic approaches to the provision of knowledge and skills. 

At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing and the dissemination of common climate change learning materials. It also coordinates training interventions through collaborations with UN agencies and other partners. Together, these are contributing to a growing critical mass of professionals and individuals with the necessary understanding of the basics of climate change to inform their decisions and take effective action.

At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in addressing learning priorities relevant to their National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), through the development and implementation of climate change learning strategies, in collaboration with national education and training institutions. 

Thematic focus areas of UN CC:Learn include: climate change science; climate finance; international climate negotiations; adaptation planning; climate change and health; climate change and forests; and climate change education for children.

Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

UN CC:e-Learn

An initiative of UN CC:Learn, UN CC: e-Learn is an online platform open to any user who wants to engage with and learn more about climate change. It offers a number of climate-related courses in up to 8 languages

The courses are separated into: self-paced courses, which generally take more than 10 hours to complete; short courses, which take between 2 and 3 hours to complete; tutorials, which take less than an hour to complete; MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which can take between 4 and 8 weeks to complete; and moderated courses, which require application and are more in-depth, lasting between 6 and 12 weeks.

Current courses:

Other resources available through UN CC:Learn

In addition to their e-Learn website, UN CC:Learn operates through three focus areas:

1. Knowledge sharing and management

A wealth of training and learning materials concerning climate change exists within the UN system. The UN CC:Learn knowledge-sharing platform has been established as a ‘one-stop-shop’ to access learning materials, activities and services offered by the UN.

The first component of the site focuses on making the UN’s wealth of information available to everyone. A searchable library contains over 2,000 entries and curated video playlists cover a range of topics. A calender indicates upcoming learning events, which range from face-to-face workshops in cities around the globe, to longer courses. A map of case studies of good learning practices and links to other useful learning resources and platforms for practitioners to reference are also provided.

2. One UN Climate Change Training

UN CC: Learn provides climate learning materials that are produced jointly among their partners. Products include a series of introductory modules and a self-paced e-course that provides “everything you need to know about climate change in a nutshell”, as well as resource guides for advanced learning that direct users to specific learning materials and courses that match their learning needs.

The materials draw on the specialized expertise of global UN CC:Learn partners. In combination with UNITAR’s know-how in learning methodologies, UN CC: Learn has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the area of health and with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the area of climate change science.

The UN CC:Learn introductory e-course on climate change is a self-paced, free-of-charge online course that provides clear, concise and up-to-date information for anybody interested in acquiring essential knowledge about climate change. The course is based on six introductory learning modules. Each module takes an average of two to three hours to complete.

The UN CC:Learn Resource Guides for Advanced Learning provide an overview of key learning topics and relevant materials for thematic areas such as predicting, understanding and integrating climate change in education at primary and secondary level.

The first series of Resource Guides covers the following topics:

  • The Scientific Fundamentals of Climate Change 
  • Predicting and Projecting Climate Change 
  • Understanding the Climate Change and Health Interface 
  • Integrating Climate Change in Education at Primary and Secondary Level
  • REDD+ 
  • Climate Change and Cities 

3. Human Resource, Learning, and Skills Development in Partner Countries

UN CC:Learn supports partner countries in developing national climate change learning strategies through multi sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration. UN CC:Learn also provides support for early strategy implementation actions.

National Climate Change Learning Strategies

National climate change learning strategies systematically examine learning and skills development needs in key sectors concerned with climate change. UN CC:Learn is working in Benin, Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Niger and Uganda, as well as the central American integration system. 

UN CC:Learn actively fosters South-South-North collaboration through international knowledge sharing events and bilateral advisory arrangements.

Guidance Note

The guidance note responds to the request of more than 50 countries which have expressed interest in the national UN CC:Learn projects. It is a step by step guide to support the development of a National Climate Change Learning Strategy.

UN CC:Learn Good Learning Practices

A selection of good learning practices is available on our good learning practices map.