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

  • A new window of hope in SudanOct 19, 2015A new window of hope in SudanCommunities in Sudan are working to make their livelihoods more sustainable, and empowering women to help their communities become less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

  • Adapting Cuban agriculture helps increase food securityDec 18, 2015Adapting Cuban agriculture helps increase food securityA Cuban project helps reduce the adverse effects of climate change and increase food security through managing natural resources in a sustainable manner.

  • As rivers dry up, Swaziland builds dams to harvest waterOct 7, 2015As rivers dry up, Swaziland builds dams to harvest waterIn Swaziland, a project has created a local water development committee and built sand dams and rainwater harvesting systems to increase access to water.


  • Apr 19, 2016As Only Proven, Large-Scale Solution Available to Sequester Carbon, Forests Central to Meeting Climate ObjectivesIndigenous leaders and experts in tropical forest research, together with climate change activist and actor Alec Baldwin and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, will discuss new research on how forest conservation and restoration on a global scale can help to limit warming to below two degrees Celsius and achieve global carbon neutrality. They will also discuss the implications of the formal signing of the Paris Climate Agreement.

  • Oct 20, 11Breath of fresh air for LuganskThe municipality of Lugansk took an environmental hotspot - a landfill with over three million tons of waste - and turned it into an opportunity. They cleaned it up, established a system to capture the methane emitted from the landfill, and are now burning the methane gas as a way to reduce overall green house gas emissions. In the future, it could also be used to generate electricity for local use.

  • Jan 5, 2010Climate change: the Zambian story