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Climate change and poverty reduction

Climate change and poverty reductionPhoto: UNDP

Climate change poses great challenges to society, particularly in developing countries. The impacts of climate change will reverse decades worth of human development gains and threaten achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While many developing countries remain the most vulnerable to these future threats, they have limited capacity to address the climate crisis.

We help developing countries to put in place what people need for a decent life because reducing poverty and fighting climate change go hand-in-hand. Unless people have basic access to water, sanitation, food and energy, to institutions that work, and a say in the decisions that affect their lives, then they will not be able to cope with a changing climate.

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