United Nations Institute for Training and Research

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is an autonomous body within the United Nations with a mandate to enhance the effectiveness of the UN through training and research. 

UNITAR Climate Change Programme (CCP) is addressing the major challenges of global climate change by helping governments, organizations, and individuals, especially from climate vulnerable countries, to better understand the negotiating issues under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to contribute to shaping international agreements on climate change, and to benefit from these agreements at national level. 

The CCP executes training, supports learning strategies and promotes knowledge sharing so that developing countries are better prepared for a future of more extreme weather events and increasing sea level rise, while also taking advantage of the opportunities provided by low carbon economic growth. Currently the CCP provides its support through two major initiatives: 

  • One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change (UN CC:Learn) which is a collaboration of 33 multilateral organizations comprising: global knowledge sharing platform (introductory climate change learning modules and advanced learning packages); and country support to implement national climate change learning strategies (currently working in 5 countries). 

Through these programmes the CCP has helped to deliver learning to more than 4500 individuals (globally), enabling better developing country participation in international climate change meetings and processes. At the national level, learning strategies in Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda, are laying a foundation for these countries to have the human resources that they need to be able to ‘implement action’ on climate change in the future.

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Capacity Development

To improve the capacity of research and training institutions in developing countries to support climate change adaptation and mitigation action.

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Vulnerability

Guidelines and tools for assessing the social and biophysical vulnerability to climate change.

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Climate Adaptation Learning Resources

Training modules on climate analysis, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning.

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UNDP-FAO NAP-Ag toolkit

Improving impact evaluation to foster climate resilient development in Zambia

This article describes the findings and outcomes of a joint FAO-UNDP Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme that provided advanced training to improve adaptation planning.

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Adaptation Gap Report 2016

This report focuses on finance, technology and knowledge gaps in climate change adaptation and ways to address them. It also explores the implications of failing to limit global carbon emissions.

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Senegal

Flooding in the Sahel

The Senegalese NGO ENDA-Energie engaged with local stakeholders to analyze existing challenges and support the promotion of effective adaptation strategies.

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C3D PARTNERS

C3D+ Partners Meeting 2013

The C3D+ partners reported on the work that they are doing to help countries improve access to climate information.

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Ghana

Capacity Building for Human Health Vulnerability in Ghana (ACCCA)

This project seeks to develop capacity to implement pre-disaster prevention and adaptation options in order to reduce the potential adverse effects of climate change on human health in Ghana.

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ACCCA

Strenghening Adaptation to Climate-Sensitive Malaria in Kenya

The project will promote active collaboration among six key stakeholder groups and aims to strengthen community based adaptation to climate-sensitive malaria, Kenya.

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