The UN CC:Learn Project in Malawi

The UN CC:Learn Project in Malawi was initiated beginning of 2012 and is being implemented over a period of 23 months. The Project aims to foster a systematic and country-driven process to strengthen human resources and skills to advance green, low emission and climate resilient development. It is implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in cooperation with the new Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management and with support by UN CC:Learn and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Malawi. Coordination is provided through the existing structures of the National Climate Change Programme (i.e. the Steering Committee and the Technical Committee for Climate Change). A first important milestone in the Project is the development of a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development.

Specific activities and outputs so far include:

UN CC:Learn @ Climate Change Diplomacy Workshop, 15-17 November 2011

The Training Workshop on Climate Change Diplomacy, 15-17 November 2011 in Lilongwe, Malawi supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provided an opportunity to present and discuss the UN CC:Learn project. Over 40 delegates including Government officials, members of the civil society and media participated in the workshop which had the objective to support the preparations for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Durban, South Africa, 28 November to 9 December 2011. 

Background Report, Draft, March 2012

In order to take stock of existing initiatives and priorities Malawi produced a Background Report for the Development of a National Strategy to Strengthen Human resources and Skills Development to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. The Report builds on the results of a Training Needs Assessment and a Capacity Needs Assessment that were conducted as part of the African Adaptation Project and the National Programme for Managing Climate Change.

National Planning Workshop, 7-8 March 2012

Malawi initiated the national UN CC:Learn Project on 7-8  March 2012, in Salima. The National Planning Workshop was organized by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and brought together 40 participants from various government sectors, education and training institutions, civil society, and international development partners. It provided an opportunity to discuss international experiences on climate change education and training, take stock of national climate change priorities and challenges, and discuss the methodology for developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Read more…

Workshop to Validate Malawi's National Strategy, 19 March 2013

Key sectors and stakeholders in Malawi defined strategic priority areas and related action to strengthen climate change learning in the country at a workshop on 19 March 2013 in Lilongwe. The workshop to review and validate the National Climate Change Learning Strategy brought together around 30 participants from different Government sectors, education and training institutions, civil society, and development partners. Read more...


Development of an Educational Poster on Climate Change, 15-26 July 2013

In order to promote integration of climate change knowledge, skills and attitudes into the primary school curriculum of Malawi, the Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management produced a poster centred on the message Climate change is real. Act now!. The poster was first designed during a workshop in which several experts from different ministries completed a first draft which was then completed through field testing with over 400 learners and teachers. Read more...

High-level Launch Event, 18 September 2013

The Malawi Minister for Environment and Climate Change Management launched the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development on 18 September 2013, in front of a full house at the Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel. The strategy implementation has already started. For example, a poster in English and vernacular language was produced and field tested, then printed in 15,000 copies as teaching aids for primary schools. The poster was distributed in the more than 5000 Malawian primary schools. Additionally, specific training on climate change was provided to more than 200 frontline forestry extension workers and 200 health surveillance staff. Read more...

Frontline Forestry Personnel Training on Climate Change, September-October 2013

The Government of Malawi has, in the months of September and October 2013, trained 257 forestry assistants across the country in climate change, in an ongoing effort to enhance knowledge and skills in climate change management among key personnel in sectors that are threatened by climate change. The training was implemented by different ministries of the country and LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa with support from the UN CC:Learn Project. Read more...

Climate Change Training for Health Surveillance Assistants, 2 to 11 December 2014

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) organized frontline training workshops on Climate Change for Health Surveillance Assistants in all the three regions in Malawi. This training targeted 200 Health Surveillance Assistants who are key frontline personnel in at community level for purpose of motivating, informing and assisting individuals, families and communities in the promotion and maintenance of personal and environmental health which are very important when it comes to climate change issues.