The Dominican Republic is one of five pilot countries that implement a UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change in 2011-2013. The projects aim at supporting countries in taking a strategic and results-oriented approach to climate change learning. The project in the Dominican Republic is led by the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (NCCCCDM).
During this high-level event the Vice President of the Dominican Republic launches the National Training Programme for Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development. This training programme is based on a Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development course, originally designed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to support teachers in helping young people understand the causes and consequences of climate change, and bring about changes in attitudes and behaviours. More than 400 teachers at primary and secondary level are expected to be trained in 18 educational regions using the UNESCO course materials, which have been translated into Spanish and adapted to the Dominican context.
UN CC:Learn is a collaboration of 33 multilateral organizations with the aim to strengthen human resources, learning and skills development in Member States through country driven processes. It is included in the "One UN Climate Change Action Framework" of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) through the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP). The Secretariat is provided by UNITAR. The pilot implementation phase of UN CC:Learn in 2011-2013 is supported by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).