Zero Carbon, Sustainable Development
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. In particular, for the poorest and most vulnerable, climate change can undo decades of development.
However, the global response to climate change has never been stronger. 2015 has ushered in a new era of action on climate change and development. The outcomes of the Sendai World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, the approval of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the forthcoming COP21 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) present new opportunities for countries to transition their economies toward zero-carbon, sustainable development.
The challenge before us is to turn the bold words of these global agreements 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. UNDP will do this by providing ambitious and comprehensive support to scale up proven solutions and to pursue new climate change action that enhances resilience and spurs zero carbon development pathways. For UNDP this 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.
Our vision is driven by inclusivity and equity, ensuring action for all countries, and with
recognition that it is the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States that are the most vulnerable to climate impacts and need the greatest support to adapt. Working together with national and local partners, support will likewise be targeted for groups within countries most at risk and who have the potential to be agents of change, including women, girls and youth.
This infographic report 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.
UNDP, with decades of experience at the global, regional, national and subnational levels,
stands ready to support countries to deliver ambitious action on the ground and work toward a future that is inclusive and sustainable for all.
Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support