Course Promotes Climate Change Learning in China


20 April 2018, Shanghai, China - On 6 March 2018, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Mr. Nikhil Seth, visited Tongji University and signed a Cooperation Agreement, to collaboratively conduct in-depth research and training including study visits, e-learning and workshops.

Collaboration between UNITAR, as the Secretariat of UN CC:Learn, and Tongji University began in 2016 with the promotion of climate change learning, as the two institutes joined forces to develop the Mandarin Chinese version of the Introductory e-Course on Climate Change. This course is available on the UN CC:e-Learn platform, which currently gathers more than 130,000 registered participants from all over the world.

Chinese e-course flyer

The course was launched as a public and worldwide learning tool and was also introduced in Tongji University’s Minor Programme in Sustainable Development curricula. This course is also highlighted on Earth Academy, developed by Friend of the Earth.

This free and self-paced resource allows participants to master the basics of climate change and gain a UN certificate upon completion.

A participant's feedback

The e-course is structured in six modules:

  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. Climate Change Governance and Planning

More details available on the Course Syllabus.

To begin the course, please register at the UN CC:e-Learn platform.


The Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) was established in 2002 by United Nations Environment and Tongji University in China, to serve as a global think tank for the environment and sustainable development education, research and South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

About Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth (HK) is one of Hong Kong’s green groups, dedicated to protecting the environment by engaging government, business and society in promotion solutions to create environmentally sustainable public policies, business practices and community lifestyles. 

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme.  Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Photo 1: Chinese e-course flyer.

Photo 2: A participant's feedback.