Climate Change


Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time.  Receding forests, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels will exacerbate existing economic, political and humanitarian stresses and affect human development in all parts of the world.  As the leading global organization in the fight against poverty, with a presence in 177 countries and territories, UNDP is responding on the front lines of climate change – where it hits the world’s 2.6 billion poorest people the hardest. UNDP works with national, regional, and local planning bodies to help them respond effectively to climate change and promote low-emission, climate-resilient development.

UNDP support focuses on three areas: connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life; helping countries build more resilient societies; and strengthening the capacity of countries to access, manage and account for climate finance.

Our Stories

image

Marshall Islands: Protecting drinking water from drought and sea level rise

By the time the Government declared a state of emergency in 2013, the wells had long run dry in the drought-stricken northern reaches of the Marshall Islands, and families had started fleeing to the capital Majuro. This idyllic paradise is set so low in the ocean that there are few freshwater reservmore

image

New techniques help farmers adapt to climate change in Sudan

Ahmed Eldaw, like his fellow farmers and pastoralists in northern Sudan, used to practice a form of subsistence agriculture that depended solely on the erratic floods of the Atbara River. During periods of exceptionally high flooding, he could expect to grow enough sorghum to provide for his family more

image

Nicaraguan communities are adapting to climate change

Macario López Meléndez lives in Salale, a village in Nicaragua affected by climate variability: rain, high temperatures, hurricane winds, droughts and soil erosion. This humble smallholder farmer says that in the dry season of January to May, the community suffers from food and drinking-water shortamore

News

Gender, climate change linked together in Danish torch ceremony

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark received a MDG3 Torch from Danish Minister of Development Cooperation Ulla Toernaes. (photo: UNDP)Women suffer the most from consequences of climate change. Gender issues must be considered as we react to climate changes. Today UNDP Administrator Helen Clark made a commore

image

Helen Clark visits the United Arab Emirates

The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, just completed a three day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) focused on the country’s work on sustainable development and climate change, development co-operation, and logistical support to facilitate humanitarimore

Helen Clark, UK Secretary of State Benn discuss development priorities

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark meets UK Secretary of State Hilary Benn at the UN headquarters in New York.Photo: Maureen Lynch/UNDPUNDP Administrator Helen Clark met today with Hilary Benn, the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  In light of the upcoming Copenhagen confermore

Videos