UNDP and Climate Change

26 Nov 2015

The report UNDP and Climate Change provides a snapshot of the breadth and depth of UNDP’s climate change work in the hope that our experiences and expertise can be beneficial to countries as they deliver their climate change and development goals in 2016 and beyond. The portfolio is based on UNDP’s role as an implementing agency of Global Environment Facility-managed funds, an implementing entity of the Adaptation Fund, and a partner in numerous multilateral and bilateral programmes. UNDP is also an accredited entity of the Green Climate Fund.

Under the key achievements in UNDP's support to address the climate change, more precisely in low-carbon development pathways, the work of UNDP Croatia was mentioned as a positive example in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS).  The Energy Management Information System, developed by UNDP Croatia is a unique energy management tool that enables real-time monitoring and management of energy usage in buildings. At the moment, it covers 14,887 public buildings and has resulted in a reduction of $18 million per year in public spending on energy; over $30 million has instead been invested in increasing energy efficiency. 

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Over the past 100 years, fourteen of the hottest summers have occurred since 2000 and the world is already facing climate change-induced impacts, such as rising sea levels, changing rainfall patterns, increased droughts, and more erratic storms. These stresses have exacerbated existing economic, political and humanitarian issues around the world. Hard-won gains that have helped communities increase access to food, health, education and other needs are at risk.

The challenge before UNDP is to turn the bold words of global agreements such as the forthcoming COP21 into concrete action on the ground. UNDP, with a presence in over 177 countries and territories and a portfolio of mitigation and adaptation projects of over US $2.3 billion, is committed to doing all it can to help countries bring their visions to life. It means responding to climate change under the umbrella of sustainable development. This is achieved through a broad range of adaptation and mitigation development actions, including de-risking financing, and supporting national partners to adopt practices such as ecosystem based approaches and sustainable forestry.