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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Vulnerability

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

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Children and Climate Change UN CC:eLearn

Learn how children and youth can be impacted by climate change, how their resilience can be strengthened, and how they can act to address this challenge in this online course. The course includes links to other UN resources on climate change, which provides a gateway to more in-depth and specific information.

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Gender and Environment CC:eLearn course

The course will help you understand the linkages between gender and the environment. It will provide you with the knowledge and tools to mainstream gender, and to be an effective change-maker for sustainable development. 

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Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa Online Course

The course will discuss the challenges and outlooks for sustainable development on the continent of Africa. It introduces participants to the key approaches, policies and international frameworks that aim to unlock more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

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Building Climate Resilience through Ecosystem-based Adaptation Planning online course

Considering ecosystem approaches as part of national development planning has always been challenging for many countries around the world. Through its three modules, this course will highlight the key concepts, tools, examples and steps for integrating EbA in the NAP process. 

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Online Course: Advancing on REDD+

Learn about advancing REDD+ through the REDD+ e-Academy, comprising two e-courses which provide an overview of key REDD+ issues with the aim of empowering participants to contribute to a well-informed national REDD+ process.

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Fundamentals on REDD+

Fundamentals on REDD+ online course covers the basics from the elements required under the UNFCCC to how implement REDD+ at the national level including financial resource available.

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