Climate change and poverty reduction

Climate change and poverty reduction
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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.

Related Publications and Resources

  • 2-page summary Ebola Early Recovery and Resilience Support FrameworkMay 4, 20152-page summary Ebola Early Recovery and Resilience Support Framework2-page summary: While supporting ongoing efforts to reach zero cases and GO BEYOND ZERO in the future, UNDP is supporting respective government counterparts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the three most affected countries 'build back better'.

  • Nov 1, 20112011 Annual Review of UNDP portfolio financed by GEF Chemicals Focal AreaThis report assesses the performance in 2010-2011 of the portfolio of UNDP projects funded through GEF focal areas on chemicals. The report documents results, impact, lessons, and experiences emerging from the portfolio.

  • May 23, 20122011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

  • 2012 Annual Report Crisis Prevention & RecoveryMar 4, 20142012 Annual Report Crisis Prevention & RecoveryDuring 2012, UNDP was active in 97 countries in assisting households, communities, and governments to prevent, confront, and respond to conflicts and disasters.

  • 2015 UNDP-GEF Annual Performance ReportMay 31, 20162015 UNDP-GEF Annual Performance ReportThis performance report UNDP-GEF Unit provides a) a snapshot of progress made toward development and environment benefits by projects in each region in 2015; b) highlights progress made in addressing women, work and the environment and c)demonstrates the services UNDP provides to the vertical funds that it is accredited to, in particular the Global Environment Facility.

Programmes and initiatives

Integrating climate change into development: Successful climate change management calls for a new development paradigm.


Capacity Development: A UNDP project assisting countries strengthen their capacity to participate in the UNFCCC process.


National Communications Support Programme: Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and jointly managed by UNDP and UNEP, the programme provides technical and policy support to countries preparing National Communications.


National Capacity Self Assessments: A GEF-UNDP-UNEP support programme to enable countries to make a self-assessment of their capacity needs and prepare a national capacity action plan.


UN System Activities: Online inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change.