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The national UN CC:Learn pilot projects include a number of elements which are closely related to each other.
National Strategy Development
An important first milestone of the projects is the development of a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development - or short national climate change learning strategy. The strategy seeks to identify, through a country-driven process, short and medium term actions to strengthen learning and skills development. It also includes policy recommendations to develop a sustainable human resource base in the long term. An important dimension of the national strategy is to explore opportunities for mainstreaming learning within existing systems and initiatives. The strategy is presented at a launch event which brings together senior level decision-makers, national stakeholders, international development partners, and other interested organizations.
In preparation of the strategy development, a national planning workshop is organized which brings together representatives from key government sectors, different levels of government (i.e. national, subnational and local level), national learning institutions, civil society, the private sector, as well as UN agencies and other development partners that provide (or are interested in providing) assistance in the area of climate change learning. The main objective of the workshop is to foster a discussion and stimulate a structured follow-up process to develop the national climate change learning strategy. The workshop is hosted by the national government, with technical and methodological support provided by UN CC:Learn.
Implementation of Priority Action
As a concrete follow-up to the launch of the national climate change learning strategy, UN CC:Learn, working in collaboration with other development partners, supports at least two identified priority actions. These activities will be executed by national/local partner institutions with UN CC:Learn and its network providing methodological and technical support.
A priority action may include, for example, the organization of specialized courses across sectors to prepare vulnerability assessments, or skills development courses to prepare proposals under existing or new international climate change funding regimes. It may also include more medium term action, such as the integration of climate change into curricula of national education and training institutions. Each of these actions will be linked to and support existing strategies and processes by focusing on the learning and skills development dimension.
Evaluation and Identification of Lessons Learned
Towards the end of the project, an independent evaluation is taking place to assess to what extent agreed objectives have been achieved. The evaluation examines in particular results of the strategy development process and initial progress in strategy implementation. Moreover, all priority learning actions are evaluated using the Kirkpatrick model.