Investing in People and Learning to Foster a Climate Resilient and Green Transition

About UN CC:Learn

The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) is a collaborative initiative involving more than 30 multilateral organizations which supports countries in designing and implementing country-driven, results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The initiative was launched at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.

UN CC:Learn is included in the "One UN Climate Change Action Framework" of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The CEB framework aims at maximizing existing synergies, eliminating duplication and optimizing the impact of the collective effort of UN organizations in combatting climate change.

UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the Doha Work Programme.

The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

UN CC:Learn has completed a three year pilot phase (2011‑2013) working in five pilot countries. It has now entered into a further three year phase (2014-2017) to include additional countries, new learning products and an up-graded learning platform. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. 

UN CC:Learn Objectives

At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates leaning interventions through collaboration of UN agencies and other partners.

At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies.

Thematic focus areas include:

  • Climate change science
  • Climate finance
  • International climate negotiations
  • Adaptation planning
  • Climate change and health
  • Climate change and forests
  • Climate change education for children

Activity Areas

UN CC:Learn is implemented through three Programme Areas which build on and are closely linked to each other. They include:

1. Knowledge Sharing and Management

A wealth of training and learning materials concerning climate change exists within the UN system. From the perspective of a user, it is often challenging to identify and access relevant resources. The UN CC:Learn knowledge-sharing platform has been established as a ‘one-stop-shop’ to access learning materials, activities and services offered by the UN.

The website includes:

About 40,000 unique visitors from more than 190 countries explored the UN CC:Learn website in the period 2011 to mid-2014.

2. One UN Climate Change Training

UN CC:Learn partners are working jointly on climate change learning materials that are available to everybody as a public good. Products so far include a series of introductory modules and a self-paced e-course that provides “everything you need to know about climate change in a nutshell”, as well as resource guides for advanced learning that direct users to specific high-quality learning materials and courses that match their learning needs.

The materials draw on the specialized expertise of global UN CC:Learn partners (such as WHO in the area of health or WMO in the area of climate change science), combined with UNITAR’s know-how in learning methodologies.

Introductory e-Course on Climate Change
The UN CC:Learn introductory e-course on climate change is a self-paced, free-of-charge online course that provides clear, concise and up-to-date information for anybody interested in acquiring essential knowledge about climate change. The course is based on six introductory learning modules, which take each an average of two to three hours to complete

Resource Guides for Advanced Learning on Climate Change
The UN CC:Learn Resource Guides for Advanced Learning provide an overview of key learning topics and
relevant quality materials for a range of thematic areas.

3. Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development in Partner Countries

UN CC:Learn supports partner countries in developing national climate change learning strategies through multi‑sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration. UN CC:Learn also provides support for early strategy implementation actions.

National Climate Change Learning Strategies
National climate change learning strategies systematically examine learning and skills development needs in key sectors concerned with climate change. UN CC:Learn is working in Benin, Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Niger and Uganda, as well as the central American integration system. To make sure that the new countries can benefit from the pilot experience, UN CC:Learn actively fosters South‑South‑North collaboration through international knowledge‑sharing events and bilateral advisory arrangements.

Guidance Note
The guidance note responds to the request of more than 50 countries which have expressed interest in the national UN CC:Learn projects. It is a step by step guide to support the development of a National Climate Change Learning Strategy.

UN CC:Learn Good Learning Practices
A selection of good learning practices supported by UN CC:Learn is available on our good learning practices map.

Key Results and Annual Reports

National Level

Global Level

Annual Reports

UN CC:Learn Pilot Implementation Phase 2011-2013

This report includes key activities and achievements from the 2011-2013 implementation phase.

UN CC:Learn Annnual Report 2014/2015

This report includes key activities and achievements from the first year of 2014/2017 implementation phase.

UN CC:Learn Annnual Report 2015/2016

This report presents key activities and achievements from the second year of 2014/2017 implementation phase.

Governance and Partnerships

Global Level

At the global level, UN CC:Learn partners nominate Focal Points that provide expertise for the development of new learning products. Moreover, global partners are engaged in the implementation of learning actions in partner countries working closely with UN Country Teams (UNCTs). The global partners are part of the Steering Group, which meets annually to advise on programme implementation. The UN CC:Learn Secretariat provides management and coordination support, and facilitates knowledge-sharing and methodology development. 

This forum reviews progress with the annual work programme and provides feedback and guidance on overall project implementation.

The following organizations are currently members of the Steering Group: CEB, EMG, FAO, GEF Secretariat, IDB, IFAD, ILO, IMO, ITU, OCHA, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNECA, UNECE, UNEP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNESCWA UNFCCC, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNISDR, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNSSC, UNU, UN WOMEN, UNWTO, UPU, WFP, WHO, WMO, WTO, and the World Bank. Contact information for these organizations may be found on the Partners page.  

The Steering Group may be expanded, or meetings may be held together with national partners, interested development agencies, as well as relevant learning institutions working in the area of climate change.

National Level

Project activities at the national level are implemented under the oversight of a National Coordination Mechanism that brings together all relevant sectors and stakeholders. The mechanism is preferably an existing committee (such as a Climate Change Policy Committee), or where such structures do not exist, a mechanism can be established specifically for the UN CC:Learn project. National partners and the Secretariat also engage with the UN Country Team and other development partners to ensure that UN CC:Learn support is fully integrated within on-going national level action on climate change.

The UN system working as one on climate change

UN CC:Learn is a One UN Initiative. “This initiative is a great example of the added value of the UN working as One”, said Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR at the UN CC:Learn 4th Steering Group meeting in October 2013. For an overview of the activities of different UN organizations to tackle climate change, take a look at the booklet "How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change - The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development", or take a look at our partner’s websites.

UN CC:Learn Brochure

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UN CC:Learn brochure

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Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners.