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Tackling climate change is critical to a sustainable future. There is no country that is not experiencing the drastic effects of climate change. People around the world are experiencing food shortages, massive displacement and risks to their livelihoods and lives. The annual average economic losses from climate-related disasters are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action aims to mobilize US$100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries to both adapt to climate change and invest in low-carbon development. Aiming the global mean temperature increase to 1.5°C and limiting the increase to 2° C will demand urgent and ambitious collective action, along with strong political will, technology and increased investment.

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India: With UNDP, the Government of India has been expanding the use of solar energy to power industries (transportation, steel manufacturing, etc.) as well as ensure the provision of social services at hospitals and schools.
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Turkmenistan: In Turkmenistan, UNDP and the Adaptation Fund support water management by planting juniper trees and digging both irrigation canals and traditional ‘sarbods’ to hold water.
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Morocco: In Morocco, local women’s cooperatives are supported to harvest Argan seeds and produce Argan oil and associated products. This has helped climate-impacted communities to protect ecosystems and diversify livelihoods.
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Mali: In Mali, the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility is helping women farmers to ensure food security by constructing wells, sharing new technologies, and supporting better land management.

UNDP works with countries to turn their climate goals into action. At the heart of this, UNDP’s post-Paris climate commitment and our support for designing and delivering ambitious climate plans, or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), pave the way towards a more sustainable world for all. UNDP’s climate adaptation and mitigation portfolio supports over 140 countries—we help to integrate current and future climate risks and uncertainties into national and sub-national development planning, and at the same time provide long-term support to countries to pursue zero-carbon and climate-resilient sustainable development. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through conservation and sustainable management of forests is a key aspect of UNDP’s climate change mitigation portfolio.

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