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

250,000 People Committed to Shaping a More Sustainable World!

24 March 2020 | Geneva

We are thrilled to announce that we've reached the astounding mark of 250,000 users on our e-learning platform. Thanks to your support we have been able to achieve what we didn't think was possible: bring climate literacy to so many people all over the world. Since the set-up of the programme in 2011, we have experienced and gone through many extremely rewarding times. In these past nine years, the way people perceive and understand climate change has changed drastically, and so the way we plan and prepare our courses and initiatives. In this article, we will tell a bit more about the journey until this remarkable achievement.

The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) was set up in 2009 at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, as a collaborative initiative that aimed to help countries design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. Initially working in five countries, the initiative has expanded its support to 30 countries, either bilaterally or through two regional programmes. Nowadays, 36 multilateral organizations are part of UN CC:Learn, collaborating closely to deliver high-end and up-to-date e-learning resources and to support the integration of climate change into educational, training and public awareness activities at the national level.

Among its many activities, UN CC:Learn has an extensive e-learning platform, covering several topics in the area of climate change and green economy. Currently, users can take 24 different self-paced, free, online courses, modules and tutorials on subjects ranging from introduction to green economy to the impacts of climate change on cities, available, overall, in 8 different languages. All courses developed by UN CC:Learn or in the framework of its collaborations are developed in partnership with experts brought in by UN CC:Learn partners, who make their knowledge and professional expertise available through interactive lessons. Through its new affiliation programme, UN CC:Learn now also recognizes high-level courses developed by other partners, which complement the existing offer.

The first course launched on the e-learning platform – the Introductory E-course on Climate Change, which has been completed by over 15,000 people, was revamped at the end of 2019. The new e-course, titled Climate Change: From Learning to Action, kept many of the original features, but has been adapted to new societal needs and expectations, and updated using the latest e-learning tools and methodologies. 

From how climate change affects human health to ways of understanding REDD+ and implementing REDD+ strategies, UN CC:Learn has diversified its portfolio throughout the years, making it the most comprehensive e-learning platform on climate change and green economy globally. Nonetheless, more resources are being prepared and will be launched over the coming months. Other activities are also in the pipeline. For instance, a full revision of the current Knowledge Sharing Platform is already underway. Stay tuned!

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).