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New UN CC:Learn e-Tutorial in Khmer Piloted in Cambodia!

11 May 2016 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In the context of a severe drought, Cambodian public sector officials attended an applied training on how to integrate climate risks into the national budget process from 9-11 May 2016.

Photo 1: Ministry officials learn about implications of climate change for public finances and how planners can mitigate sectoral climate risks.Photo 1: Ministry officials learn about implications of climate change for public finances and how planners can mitigate sectoral climate risks.

In order to familiarize staff from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport with the concept of climate-proofing public investments, participants completed the UN CC:Learn e-course Climate Responsive Budgeting for Sectors, recently translated into Khmer, as part of the training. The narrated e-course introduces quantitative approaches to identify investments likely to perform best under a changing climate with a focus on South East Asia.

Several participants expressed their appreciation of the e-tutorial as a way to enhance learning of complex topics such as national budgeting in the face of global warming.

The 3-day event was jointly delivered by UNITAR and the Economics and Finance Institute (EFI), the training arm of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, with support from UNDP and the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA). The workshop is part of a training series which aims to gradually increase public officials’ understanding of climate change impacts in Cambodia and equip them with the knowledge and skills to climate-proof sectoral investments.

Photo 3: The e-tutorial is free and available in English and Khmer.Photo 3: The e-tutorial is free and available in English and Khmer.

The e-tutorial has been developed under the UNDP Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable (2012-16) programme, with support from the Government of Sweden.

This e-tutorial provides an introduction to how governments can respond to the climate change challenge through better budgeting. It introduces and explains a new approach to integrating climate change risks and opportunities into budget preparation.

To learn more about Climate Responsive Budgeting for Sectors and the related Climate Policy and Public Finance e-tutorial, please access here: http://unccelearn.org/