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Central American Commission approves Regional Action Plan for Climate Change Learning

27 October 2017 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

As countries are negotiating the rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the eight Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) agreed on a joint Regional Action Plan on Climate Change Education, Training and Awareness Raising. The Plan that covers the period 2017-2022 was approved by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in October 2017. The Regional Plan is the first of its kind, setting out ambitious action to build human capacity to adapt to climate change risks and take advantage of investment opportunities.

The Plan is the product of a consultative process that started in 2015 with support by UN CC:Learn. It aims at using synergies and sharing knowledge, good practices and learning materials, and establishing cooperation processes among countries in the region. It builds directly on the Regional Strategy for Climate Change (RSCC) of 2010. While the development of the Plan was initiated by Environment Ministers, over time Education Ministries from all eight SICA countries joined the process and provided substantive contributions to the final content of the Plan. As a next step, countries in the region will collectively focus their efforts on mobilizing financial resources for the development and implementation of national and regional activities. 

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).