Countries, increasingly aware of the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change, often lack sufficient organizational and management skills to prepare their executives and professional staff for decision making under increasing uncertainty. In many cases knowledge, approaches and tools are available while the human capacities and institutional structures necessary to give them effect, are not. In response to this challenge, UN CC:Learn was initiated in 2009 as a collaboration of UN agencies interested in designing and implementing effective, results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change.
Following a UN CC:Learn inception phase in 2010, core support provided from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 2011-2013 allowed UN CC:Learn to develop into a vibrant partnership of 33 multilateral organisations and to support country-driven projects through One UN collaboration. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by UNITAR.
UN CC:Learn Partners work together both at the national and global levels, with the ultimate objective to support developing countries in creating sustainable human resource capacity to address climate change. At the national level, UN CC:Learn has supported five pilot countries – Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda – in developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development – also referred to as climate change learning strategies.
At the global level, complementary actions, products and services have been developed through collaboration of international UN CC:Learn partners, with a focus on knowledge-sharing, communication and outreach, and the development of common One UN learning resources. The global UN CC:Learn knowledge-sharing platform includes a library with over 1,500 materials relevant for climate change learning. A series of resource guides for advanced learning on different climate change topics as well as a self-paced e-learning course will be available for free on the platform by end of November 2013.
To learn more about UN CC:Learn products and services: www.uncclearn.org
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