UNITAR/UN CC:Learn Joins Inter-agency Framework Initiative for Children, Youth and Climate Change

12 April 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. Recognizing the need for coordinated action to implement initiatives and projects for children and youth on climate change, the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established the “United Nations Joint Framework Initiative for Children, Youth and Climate Change”. Given the linkages of UN CC:Learn with work of the group, the UNFCCC Secretariat invited UNITAR/UN CC:Learn to participate in the collaboration. By joining the group, UNITAR/UN CC:Learn will create linkages between the specialized work undertaken by the group members and UN CC:Learn activities, which include support of five country pilot projects and compilation of a One UN Package of learning resources.

The objective of the inter-agency framework is to promote the engagement of children and youth in intergovernmental processes on climate change and related activities undertaken by the United Nations system, such as support of formal and non-formal educational programmes at regional and national levels to build capacity and facilitate local actions of children and young people. The inter-agency cooperative effort currently includes: CBD, FAO, UNCCD, UNDP, UN-DSD, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, UNITAR, UN-NGLS, UN Programme on Youth, UNV, the World Bank, NGOs and focal points of the UNFCCC youth constituency. 

UN CC:Learn is a One UN Initiative which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-based and sustainable learning to address climate change through collaboration involving UN agencies and international development partners. UN CC:Learn is included in the ‘One UN Climate Change Action Framework’ of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) through the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP). To date, 32 multilateral organizations are collaborating in UN CC:Learn.

The five UN CC:Learn pilot countries include Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda. Starting in 2012, each country is developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Strengthening capacities of national education and learning institutions to deliver climate change education and promoting awareness raising among children and youth are expected to be important components of the Strategy in each country.

For more information please contact the UN CC:Learn Secretariat: uncclearn@unitar.org.