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.

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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 shorta more

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Rain water harvesting improves lives of Tanzanian farmers

In recent years, residents of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro region have seen their livelihoods threatened by climate change-induced water shortages. The Kilimanjaro region has always been one of the driest in Tanzania, receiving less than 400 mm of rainfall annually. The average annual rainfall for the cou more

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Saving Ugandan coffee from the effects of climate change

In the village of Kok, about 240 km from Kampala, Uganda, Robert Toskin runs his hands through a bag of raw coffee beans. “Coffee is an important cash crop in this area," says the farmer. "People grow food for their own consumption, but the revenue from coffee production helps pay for thin more

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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 com more

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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 humanitari more

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 confer more

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