Integrating climate change into development

Integrating climate change into development

Much of the thinking to date on how to address climate change has focused on incrementally reducing emissions - such as the commitment to reduce emissions to 5 percent below 1990 levels under the Kyoto Protocol. These incremental improvements are important first steps, but successful climate change management calls for a new development paradigm that integrates climate change into strategies and plans, and that links policy setting with the financing of solutions.

To do this, UNDP collaborates with other UN agencies under the "Delivering as One" framework to help United Nations Country Teams integrate climate risk into the formulation and implementation of key UN cooperation frameworks such as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). As the co-chair of the United Nations Development Group's Task Team on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability, UNDP helping to develop a guidance note to assist UNCTs mainstream climate change into the UNDAFs. This guidance note will be available in early 2010.

UNDP has also stepped up its own policy and capacity development services on climate change and assists UNDP country and regional offices in climate proofing their development assistance to countries. This includes targeted efforts to integrate climate risks into UNDP programming and providing methodological tools and advisory services.

Related Publications and Resources

  • A Framework for Climate FinanceJul 14, 2010This paper outlines a climate finance framework to assist developing countries to move to low-emissions, climate-resilient growth paths. UNDP is proposing a country-driven, multi-stakeholder climate finance framework to assist developing countries to scale up efforts to address climate change in a way that strengthens and advances national development priorities.

  • AAP: A Cross Practice ApproachOct 21, 2010The African Adaptation Programme is not an adaptation project in its own right, but rather a programme that helps countries develop their capacities to finance and manage adaptation projects more effectively within a long-term planning framework. This brochure describes the approach.

  • AAP: UNDP and JICADec 1, 2010This flyer describes some of the areas of collaboration between UNDP and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in their work on climate change and the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP).

  • AAP: Voices from the GroundApr 16, 2013The Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) is a strategic climate change initiative designed to help create more informed climate change adaptation decision-making and more effective implementation of those decisions in each of the 20 participating countries. This document gathers media coverage of the AAP and describes some of the on the ground experiences of the programme.

  • Capacity Development: A UNDP PrimerCapacity Development: A UNDP PrimerJan 1, 2009

Programmes and initiatives

Integrating climate change risks: Integrating risks into national development processes and UN country programming.


United Nations Development Group: The UN Development Group unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, agencies, departments, and offices that play a role in development.


Integrating Adaptation into Development: UNDP works to incorporate climate change risks and opportunities into national strategies and plans.


MDG Achievement Fund: Through the MDG Achievement Fund countries can seek support for activities to reduce poverty and enhance capacity to adapt to climate change.