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 leap towards climate resilience in LaosA leap towards climate resilience in LaosNov 27, 2015In Laos, a project has raised awareness of the need for climate change adaptation and resilience and provided related training and equipment to 35 villages.

  • A new window of hope in SudanA new window of hope in SudanOct 22, 2015Communities 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.

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


  • Breath of fresh air for LuganskOct 20, 11The 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.

  • Climate change: the Zambian storyJan 5, 2010

  • Croatia reduces its carbon footprintJun 5, 2009