Climate Change and Poverty

  • UNDP and Energy Access for the PoorOct 1, 2010UNDP and Energy Access for the PoorAccess to modern energy services for the poor is about energizing human development. It is a priority for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and necessary to ending poverty, empowering women and generating opportunities. UNDP aims to reach the poor with modern energy services that boost productive and income-generating activities and protect human health and the environment.

  • Perspectives on REDD+Dec 1, 2010Perspectives on REDD+This short document explores difficult questions in three articles that look at the challenges around the application of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in stakeholder engagement for REDD+; the multiple ecosystem-based benefits of REDD+ beyond carbon; and Measuring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) and monitoring for REDD+.

  • Sep 1, 2008Climate Change at UNDP: Scaling Up to Meet the ChallengeThe paper presents UNDP's strategy to support the efforts of developing countries and vulnerable groups for scaling up mitigation and adaptation action to successfully meet the climate change challenge and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Jan 1, 2010Mainstreaming Climate Change in ColombiaA description of the project: 'Integrating climate change risks and opportunities into national development processes and United Nations country programming’ in Colombia (English version). Colombia is a country that is especially vulnerable to climate change given that its population has settled in areas prone to flooding and in unstable lands of the high sierras.

  • May 1, 2010Mainstreaming Climate Change in NicaraguaA description of the project 'Integrating climate change risks and opportunities into national development processes and United Nations country programming' (RIOCPNU) in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is vulnerable to climate change due to the increase in frequency and intensity of extreme climate events, including floods, landslides, drought, and tides; all of which place the country's development at risk.

  • Oct 10, 2010Fast Facts: UNDP and Energy Access for the PoorSome 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity and a billion more have access only to unreliable electricity networks. About 3 billion people rely on solid fuels (traditional biomass and coal) to meet their basic needs. Access to modern energy services for cooking and heating, lighting and communications, and mechanical power for productive uses is a vast area of unmet need.

  • Jan 31, 2008Fast Facts: UNDP and Climate ChangeThe document contains key facts about climate change drawn from UNDP's 2007/2008 Human Development Report. The document also outlines UNDP's work in the area of climate change and provides examples.

  • Jul 1, 2010Responding to climate change in Least Developed CountriesLeast Developed Countries (LDCs) are some of the most vulnerable to climate change, as they are least able to recover from climate stresses and their economic growth is highly dependent on climate-sensitive sectors. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works to align human development and climate responses to promote sustainable development, especially in LDCs.

  • Feb 1, 2010The Outcomes of Copenhagen: The Negotiations and the AccordThis document evaluates the Copenhagen climate talks, including the status of the negotiations on the key issues under the formal negotiating tracks and the provisions of the Copenhagen Accord, and draws implications for the implementation of actions in developing countries.

  • Sep 15, 2010The Contribution of UNDP-GEF Adaptation Initiatives Towards MDG1This brief discusses the nexus between climate change and MDG1: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. It highlights UNDP-GEF adaptation programming approaches and initiatives to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations to adapt to the long-term impacts of climate change and variability that threaten to derail ongoing development efforts and gains towards MDG 1.