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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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

Rural communities of Nicaragua unite for water

Cristina Martínez López lives with her husband and five children in La Chagüite, Nicaragua, which has no safe source of drinking water. “Life is more difficult when the communities lack access to water. It is exasperating that you have to walk every day in order to find water for drinking, cooking amore

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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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Jewish Climate Change Campaign launched with vegetable oil-powered bus

23 Oct 2009

UN Representatives gathered outside their headquarters in New York today to send off a vegetable oil-powered bus on a cross-country tour. The bus is being driven by members of Hazon, the U.S.'s largest Jewish environmental non-profit, and the send-off marks the launch of the Jewish Climate Change Camore

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Joint effort helps restore Danube River and Black Sea ecosystems

21 Mar 2011

An international plan, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has helped to restore the fragile plant and animal life of the Danube River basin after 75 years of agricultural, industrial and municipal pollution. Nitrogen, phosphorus and other harmful chemicals, for example fromore

New report urges governments to take swift action to face climate challenges

18 Oct 2011

Governments around the world should take immediate actions to adapt to the impact of changing weather patterns on a wide range of economic and social activities, according to a top policy official of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the launch of a report released today. “Governmenmore

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