Adaptation Gap Report 2020
The fifth edition of the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report looks at progress in planning for, financing and implementing adaptation – with a focus on nature-based solutions.
United Nations Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Web Portal
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Addressing climate change and health in the Europe and Central Asia region: a joint value proposition and service offering
This Joint Value Proposition by UNDP and WHO on addressing climate change and health in the Europe and Central Asia region provides an overview of key thematic and programmatic entry points toward strengthening national health adaptation and mitigation capacities.
Rethinking Human Development In an Era of Planetary Transformation
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Global Biodiversity Framework and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction together set the vision for a new balance between people and planet, in stark contrast to the heavy social orientation and human-centric nature of past development policy. This background paper for the 2020 global Human Development Report reflects on what this entails for the future of human development policy and practice, with a view to making the human development paradigm fit-for purpose in an era of planetary transformation.
UNDP Policy Brief - The climate security nexus and the prevention of violent extremism: Working at the intersection of major development challenges
This policy brief explores initial lessons learnt from a climate security perspective of efforts to prevent violent extremism in politically and environmentally fragile contexts affected by climate change.
Planning a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean
Gender and Climate Change Training Handbook
This handbook - created by UN Women in partnership with the Government of Serbia and UNDP, and with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility - aims to improve the understanding of gender aspects in climate change. It is intended for experts and interested public, and it is prepared and organized as a training program for male and female representatives of institutions and state administration, so it can be used as a source of information for the preparation of the practical training, as well as a guide for the introduction of gender perspective in programs and projects. The manual is organized according to thematic units of training and includes basic concepts, gender roles and stereotypes; key gender aspects of climate change; legal and strategic frameworks; and the introduction of gender perspectives in policies and programs in the field of climate change.
Gender Sensitive Data Indicators for Project: Establishing Transparency Framework for the Republic of Serbia
The objective of this report is to contribute to the gender mainstreaming in reporting on climate change contributing to the strengthening the ability of the Republic of Serbia to participate actively in addressing the global environmental threat of climate change in gender responsive manner. In order to achieve this objective, the task was to design the gender mainstreamed monitoring framework on climate change in Serbia with identification of key dimensions, indicators and data sources and to provide recommendation for further gender mainstreaming of designing and monitoring climate change policies.
Gender and Climate Change in the Republic of Serbia
UNDP Issues Brief on Resilient Food and Agriculture
As climate change continues to drive food insecurity, addressing the risks of climate change across the value chain – especially agricultural products that are important to food and nutrition security – will yield significant adaptation benefits to vulnerable small producers and rural communities at large. This will support global efforts to end hunger and poverty, build more effective farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and accelerate the ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement.
UNDP Issue Brief on Resilient Livelihoods Value Chains
Through this thematic area, UNDP supports the advancement of climate resilient livelihoods for vulnerable communities, including resilient agricultural value chain development.
UNDP Issues Brief Climate Information and Early Warning Systems
Through our work on climate information and early warning systems, UNDP is protecting lives and livelihoods, providing people with the information they need to thrive and enhancing evidence-based decision making.
Case study: how Thailand is integrating agriculture into its climate adaptation plans
This country case study on Thailand is part of a series that describes the steps taken to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), with a particular emphasis on adaptation in agriculture (including forestry, livestock and fisheries). The series aims to provide national policy makers with valuable information from colleagues and counterparts in Asia, Africa and Latin America who are on the same NAP journey to address the multiple challenges posed by climate change.
Lessons learned and successful approaches captured from Portfolio Monitoring Missions
Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: UNDP Synthesis of Experiences and Recommendations
This report provides an overview of a number of successful initiatives on climate change adaptation that UNDP supported in sub-Saharan Africa from 2000 to 2015. These signposts lay the groundwork needed to tap Africa’s vast resources and human talents to transform the continent and ensure a brighter future for generations to come.
The Heat is On
Climate change is here. It’s causing heatwaves, floods, wildfires and droughts, and contributing to the extinction of animals and plants. It’s melting glaciers and raising sea levels. Costs from extreme weather are surging—the global reinsurer Munich Re says 2017 was the most expensive ever; hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helped push losses to a staggering US$330 billion. The cascading effects of climate change are disrupting national economies and affecting lives of millions of people.
Open Online Course on Gender and Environment
The course will help you better 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. It will also give you facts and figures, and a better understanding of the global international frameworks related to gender and environment.
GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)
Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.
Creating a Sustainable Food Future
Adaptation Fund Annual Performance Review 2018
The Fund's eighth annual performance report covers the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The report provides cumulative data on project and programme approvals under the action pillar, and for the first time, it reports progress on innovation and learning and sharing.
Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-AG) Programme Highlights 2015–2017
This is a summary of activities of the National Adaptation Plans Programme (NAP–Ag) from 2015-2017, funded by the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
Climate2020: Degrees of Devastation (2018)
UNA-UK report on implementing the new climate deal agreed by UN member states in Paris in 2015. It equips policy-makers, practitioners and interested observers with insights on how to make the agreement a reality. The publication features articles from over 30 authors drawn from the UN system and from governments, the private sector, academia and civil society.
Engaging The Green Climate Fund
Launched in 2015, the UN Environment/UN Development Programme (UNDP)/World Resources Institute (WRI) Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Programme builds the capacities of nine countries to access GCF by developing the processes, project proposals, tools and policies necessary for strategic climate interventions that combat climate change and build climate resilience.
Annual report 2017
As we continue this work, the world is facing a set of unprecedented challenges. A staggering 650 million people are living in extreme poverty — about 16% of them in fragile countries.
Public Service 2030 – Making the Sustainable Development Goals Happen!
This book contains 17 stories of PublicService Excellence from around the globe.
Climate Change Adaptation in the Arab States
The purpose of this publication is to detail lessons learned from UNDP’s Climate Change Adaptation work and achievements in the Arab region on achieving sustainable and lasting results. Some lessons include building local capacity at all levels to ensure a project’s long-term viability, decentralizing infrastructure management, implicating community-based organizations, and promoting resilience of vulnerable populations through livelihood diversification.
In UNDP, we are committed to eradicating poverty, fighting climate change and reducing inequalities and exclusion around the world. Discover how, with the help of our partners, we work day to day to make this a reality.
Gender and disaster risk reduction in Europe and Central Asia
This guide is designed for facilitators and trainers working to incorporate gender perspectives in disaster risk reduction programmes and initiatives. It is meant to assist workshop participants – including practitioners and officials from the United Nations, national governments, civil society organizations, and other institutions – in gaining an understanding of the gendered impact of disasters.
Structural Ricardian Analysis of South-East Asian Agriculture
This paper examines the impact of climate change on the net revenue (NR) of farmers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Two Ricardian models are estimated: (1) a traditional Ricardian model of the impact of climate change on annual farm NR and (2) a structural Ricardian model that first estimates the number of growing seasons and then the net revenue per season. The traditional model reveals annual NR is sensitive to autumn and summer climate variables. The seasonal effects offset each other so that uniform marginal effects are insignificant.
A Review of Domestic Data Sources for Climate Finance Flows in Recipient Countries
Improved national financial monitoring systems will increase accountability on climate change spending and foster transparency for global efforts to reach the goals outlined through the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a joint study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Finance Group (GFLAC).
NAP-Ag Programme Brochure
The FAO-UNDP Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans programme (NAP-Ag) is a multi-year initiative funded by the Government of Germany. As a country driven process, it supports partner countries to identify and integrate climate adaptation measures for the agricultural sector into relevant national planning and budgeting processes.
Social Vulnerability Assessment Tools for Climate Change and DRR Programming
In the past twenty years, disasters cost more than US$2 trillion, killed over 1.3 million and affected more than 4.4 billion people, including a disproportionately high number of women, children and other vulnerable groups. Climate-related hazards, such as cyclones, droughts and floods, are becoming increasingly frequent and severe as a result of changing climate. In this new context of volatility, communities and nations are facing increasing, multiple and interconnected risks that can reverse years - and sometimes decades - of development progress.
A debut cookbook of climate-resilient recipes
UNDP’s cookbook highlights efforts to strengthen climate resilience and enhance food security across six countries
UNDP launched a new cookbook looking at how climate change is affecting food security in developing countries and how communities are adapting their traditional recipes to survive.
The new cookbook, ‘Adaptive Farms, Resilient Tables’, was launched on Monday night in Brooklyn.
Voices of Impact: Speaking for the Global Commons
Stories from 25 years of environmental innovation for sustainable development
Storytelling is part of the fabric that holds human societies together – stories connect us to our humanity, providing links to what has been, and a glimpse of what might be to come.
A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa
The report calls for enabling actions by African leaders to support the sustainability of investments in weather and climate services, looking toward public-private partnerships, next generation weather and water monitoring technologies, regional cooperation and capacity building as key drivers to resolve sub-Saharan Africa’s persistent challenges in maintaining sustainable climate information and early warning systems.
Filling Buckets, Fueling Change - Ensuring Gender-Responsive Climate Change Adaptation
This publication provides an in-depth analysis and study of gender-responsive adaptation approaches being implemented in six countries under the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility. The study targets adaptation practitioners and decision-makers at all levels (from community to global) who are designing new adaptation initiatives and/or developing new climate change-related policies. It provides a framework in which to examine concrete examples of gender-responsive approaches and how they can lead to greater adaptation impact. It also makes the argument not only for the need for integrated approaches to gender and climate change but more importantly, to identify what inputs, resources and partnerships are needed to pursue them effectively.
Adaptive Farms, Resilient Tables: Building secure food systems and celebrating distinct culinary traditions in a world of climate uncertainty
As the world gets hotter and rainfall more erratic, the type and availability of ingredients for daily meals are changing. With support from the Government of Canada and the Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund, the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility (CCAF) has been supporting six least developed countries and small island developing states (Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Haiti, Mali, Niger and Sudan) to strengthen climate resilience and enhance food security.
Adaptation Fund: 10 Years of Innovation, Action & Learning
The Adaptation Fund (AF) is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the launch of its operations this year. It is a moment to reflect on the Fund’s achievements over the years, including its pioneering innovations in climate finance such as Direct Access and its concrete actions to help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt and build resilience to the negative effects of climate change.
Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Moldova's Policy and Planning
As part of the Project Supporting Moldova’s National Climate Change Adaptation Planning Process supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) with funding from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and implemented by UNDP Moldova in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and its Climate Change Office.
UNDP's support to the Least Developed Countries Presentation
The thirtieth meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG 30) was held in Monrovia, 7-10 September, 2016. Pradeep Kurukurasuriya, head of the Climate Change Adaptation for UNDP presented an overview of UNDP's support to the Least Developed Countries in climate change adaptation programming. The support are in the areas of National Adaptation Plans, the implement of NAPAs, capacity development for risk informed planning and budgeting and helping LDCs accessing adaptation finance.
NDC Support Programme
Working to put the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 into action, the programme equips governments and companies with the right tools and services to implement the low-emission development targets which they laid out in their NDCs. We thereby help countries pursue a “whole-of-society”, integrated approach that is embedded within national systems to drive transformative sustainable development results. We do so by capitalizing on the unique strengths that each party has to offer, working in close collaboration with development partners, and in contribution to the NDC Partnership, a global coalition of 80+ countries and institutions.
Women as Environmental Stewards: The Experience of the Small Grants Programme
In this publication, the GEF Small Grants Programme, implemented by UNDP, features women as environmental stewards in case studies about biodiversity conservation, climate change, land degradation, international waters and chemicals and waste management.