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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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 coumore

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Reviving Iran's drylands

Zari Sa’adati, a 35-year-old woman living in Eastern Iran, used to fear she could not support her family in the barren environment of Hossein Abad valley. “My family was about to migrate to the city nearby in search of a living,” she says. Degraded by over-grazing, wood-cutting for fuel, and severe more

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Saving every drop: Fighting drought in Honduras

In Tegucigalpa, Honduras' capital, residents of the Campo Cielo district have one more line of defense against climate change and the severe drought putting over half a million people at risk of food shortage. With UNDP support, a 63,000-litre storage tank has been installed, along with a rooftop hamore

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Helen Clark, UK Secretary of State Benn discuss development priorities

13 May 2009

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

High Level Event on Forests and Climate Change

23 Sep 2009

New York - In an unprecedented display of cooperation between developed and developing countries on climate change, eighteen Heads of State gathered at UN headquarters in New York to publicly express their commitment and support for REDD—Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Dmore

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Japan and UNDP to boost Caribbean’s ability to cope with climate change

28 Jul 2014

Port-of-Spain, 28 July – The Government of Japan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) sealed today a new partnership to help disaster-prone Caribbean countries mitigate the effects and adapt to climate change. The new initiative entails a US$15 million grant (1,526,000,000 yen) to boost Caribbeamore

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