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 of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. The initiative was launched at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.

During the first three year pilot phase (2011‑2013), UN CC:Learn worked in five countries. During the 2014-2017, it worked with additional countries and developed new learning products and upgraded its learning platform.

For the 2017-2020 phase, UN CC:Learn focuses on promoting the importance of climate change education and addressing country demands. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. 

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

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 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.

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

Through its engagement at the national and global level, 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.

Activity Areas

UN CC:Learn is implemented through three Programme Areas. 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:

2. One UN Climate Change Training

UN CC:Learn partners work jointly on climate change learning materials that are available to everybody as a public good. Products 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 learning materials and courses that match their learning needs.

The materials draw on the specialized expertise of global UN CC:Learn partners. In combination with UNITAR’s know-how in learning methodologies, have worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the area of health and with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the area of climate change science.

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. Each module takes 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 materials for thematic areas such as predicting, understanding and integrating climate change in education at primary and secondary level.

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. 

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 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

UN CC:Learn Annnual Report 2014/2015

UN CC:Learn Annnual Report 2015/2016

UN CC:Learn Final Report 2014/2017


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. Global partners work closely with UN Country Teams (UNCTs) on the implementation of learning actions in partner countries. 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, ITU, IMO, ITU, OCHA, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNECA, UNECE, UN Environment, UNESCO, UNESCWA, UNECE, UNFCCC, UNFPA, UNHCR, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNISDR, UNITAR, 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 are implemented under the oversight of a National Coordination Mechanism that brings together 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 UNCT 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. For an overview of how UN organizations are working together to tackle climate change, check out "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

Want to learn more about UN CC:Learn's main areas of work? Click on the image to view the complete brochure. Alternatively, download the brochure here.


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