COP 20: UN Climate Change Conference, Lima

Dec 1, 2014

ComorosTotashi village, Odhisa, India. Spinach is grown on floating gardens in water logged area full of water hyacinth, serving as a kitchen garden.
Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India.

Impacts of climate change – such as increased droughts or more erratic storms – threaten to undermine decades of development gains and risk future development trajectories. Many of the main drivers of poverty in developing countries are intertwined with climate change. For example, increased droughts leading to crop failures and food insecurity diminish opportunities and reinforce inequality around the world.

UNDP supports over 140 countries to develop solutions to such challenges at country level in both adaptation and mitigation, to ensure climate change does not disrupt progress on poverty reduction and development goals, and advances low-emission climate resilient development.

One of the most significant actions to tackle climate change would be a new global agreement on climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) currently under negotiation and which is expected to be agreed in Paris at COP 21/CMP 11 in 2015. This would be the first global agreement to include all countries - developed and developing - and marks the start of a new global approach to addressing climate change. At Lima, UNDP will be using its extensive knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure sufficient attention is paid to the needs and priorities of developing countries to tackle climate change and advance poverty reduction goals.

The stories presented here offer some insight into those threats, as well as the work being undertaken by UNDP in assisting more than 150 countries worldwide in their efforts to transition to low-emission and climate-resilient development.

Country driven solutions to climate change