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

The “Country of Honest People” launches its National Strategy on Climate Change Learning

10 August 2017 | Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Do you know that Burkina Faso was among the first countries to develop a National Adaptation Plan and it hosted the World Day to Combat Desertification last June? Indeed, fighting climate change is still a high-ranking goal for Burkina Faso. 

Mrs. Metsi Makhetha, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso congratulates Mr. Nestor Batio Bassiere, Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, next to representatives from Ministries of Health, Education and Agriculture.Mrs. Metsi Makhetha, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso congratulates Mr. Nestor Batio Bassiere, Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, next to representatives from Ministries of Health, Education and Agriculture.

Burkina Faso has been facing, in the last decades, several extreme weather events, including droughts, flooding, heat waves and intense winds, and thus, is more than ever determined to fight climate change. Indeed, the climate scenario indicates that rainfall should decrease by 3% by 2025 and temperature should increase by 2°C by 2050.

In order to strengthen individual skills and institutional capacities to foster green and climate resilient development, the country has implemented a national UN CC:Learn Project from 2014 to 2017, which has culminated in the launch of the National Strategy on Climate Change learning on the August 1st, 2017.

Around 100 people, representing the different Ministries involved, cooperation partners and UN agencies, gathered in the Ministry of Environment premises to collect their own hard copies of the National Strategy and Action Plan.

Mrs. Metsi Makhetha, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, reminded the audience that the Strategy was the successful result of a long national, inclusive and participative process and that the UN system would fully support the Government in its implementation phase.

Mr. Nestor Batio Bassiere, Burkina Faso Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, underlined that the strategy was fully aligned with the National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES) implementation, the country’s NDCs and National Adaptation Plan.

The strategy and its action plan revolve around three strategic axes: the institutionalization of climate change learning, capacity building of stakeholders and climate change learning governance. This strategy has been officially validated and launched by the Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, and now awaits final adoption by Ministers’ council.

Ms. Delphine Clement presenting UN CC:Learn on behalf of UNITAR.Ms. Delphine Clement presenting UN CC:Learn on behalf of UNITAR.

Participants to the ceremony of the Launch of the National strategy on climate change learning.Participants to the ceremony of the Launch of the National strategy on climate change learning.

Please find more about this event from the video by AFRIQUE' ERE.

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a 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. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).