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Climate change poses great challenges to society,
particularly in developing countries.The impacts
of climate change will reverse decades' worth of
human development gains and threaten achievement of
the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While many
developing countries remain the most vulnerable to
these future threats, they have limited capacity to adapt
to the climate crisis.
United Nations Development Programme promotes
pro-poor and pro-growth adaptation that encourages
sustainable economic development and livelihoods
in the face of climate change. UNDP supports the
development of adaptive capacity to create robust and
responsive state institutions, capable public and private
sector management, and skilled human resources able to
innovate, adapt and deliver to the changing conditions.
This is done by working with UN Country Teams, UNDP
Country Offices, governments and other partners to
provide a number of services to support regional,
national and sub-national stakeholders in addressing
climate change risks.
UNDP's adaptation programme currently supports 75
countries in the development of national, sub-national
and community-level capacities to adapt to climate
change. In total, UNDP is leveraging more than US$800
million for climate change resilient development in
developing countries.This includes grants of over US$300
million and co-financing of over US$500 million. Some of
UNDP's work in adaptation includes:
NationalAdaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), fu nded by
the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) through the
Global Environmental Facility (GEF), provide a process
to identify priority activities that respond to urgent and
immediate needs of Least Developed Countries. UNDP is
the largest implementing agency of the LDCF, delivering
US$70 million to support the design and implementation
of priority NAPA interventions in 22 Least Developed
The Spain-fundedMDGAchievement Fund(MDG-F) provides
US$89 million over four years (2007-2010) to support
environment and climate change adaptation and
mitigation work toward reaching the MDGs. UNDP
directly supports adaptation measures in 13 countries, as
part of collaborative UN activities, supporting the one UN
The Africa Adaptation Programme assists 21 African countries
to incorporate climate change risks and opportunities
into national development processes. The Government
of Japan provided US$92.1 million for this three-year
The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) of the GEF contributes
US$37 million to UNDP projects in 18 countries with
Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM)
The ALM is a UN Inter-agency global knowledge
platform on climate change adaptation. UNDP is
facilitating the ALM in close partnership with the
UNFCCC, UNEP, the World Bankand specialized UN
agencies including FAO and WHO. The platform
is funded by the Global Environment Facility as
a three year project started in December 2007.
ALM captures the current state of knowledge
on climate change adaptation and supports
evolving efforts to integrate climate change
adaptation into development planning. The
platform provides access to adaptation resources,
and supports interactive learning and knowledge
exchange through a network of global adaptation
practitioners. ALM practically illustrates the
strength and potential of the UN delivering as one
system to enhance country's capacity to adapt to
long-term challenges posed by a changing climate.
Become a member of the ALM community at
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