13 May 2014, Geneva, Switzerland - 3,500 people from more than 150 countries (including 34 Least Developed Countries - LDCs) have registered for the UN CC:Learn Introductory e-Course on Climate Change (http://unccelearn.org/) since its launch in February. There is a balance of participants from Asia (30%), Europe (26%) and Africa (22%).
"We are very pleased with the uptake so far. The course will be available in Spanish and French by October 2014 and we expect a significant boost in registrations as a result," says Angus Mackay, Manager of UNITAR's Climate Change Programme and Head of the UN CC:Learn Secretariat.
The course, which is available for free, is self-paced and composed of six modules, each one taking approximately two hours to complete:
1. Climate Change Science
2. International Legal and Policy Framework for Climate Change
3. Climate Change Adaptation
4. Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Development
5. Climate Change Finance
6. Planning for Climate Change
A short quiz at the end of each module allows participants to verify if they have achieved the learning objectives. Once all six modules are completed, participants receive a certificate.
The modules contain the latest information on climate change and have been peer-reviewed by UN CC:Learn partner agencies. They can also be downloaded as ppt presentations to facilitate face-to-face learning.
About UN CC:Learn
UN CC:Learn is a partnership of 33 multilateral organizations which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by UNITAR. An important aspect of UN CC:Learn is to support countries develop a National Climate Change Learning Strategy through a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder process. During the course of 2012-2013, Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda are participating as UN CC:Learn pilot countries. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government.