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The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change

22 September 2014

Did you know that there are more than 40 United Nations organizations, specialized agencies, funds, programmes and other bodies that coordinate their activities to tackle the challenges brought by climate change? In order to show Governments and the public how the UN system works together in this area, the Chief Executives Board for Coordination has published a publication entitled "How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change - The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development".  It was prepared as a background document to the Secretary General's Climate Summit.This publication introduces the comprehensive and multidisciplinary projects and programmes undertaken by the UN system, many of them through partnerships involving UN and other international organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia. Given the extraordinary breadth and depth of these activities, the text provides representative examples to illustrate how the UN system is working globally, regionally and nationally around the world. The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) is featured on page 25.

Many of the UN system’s activities in the domain of climate change are coordinated through the Working Group on Climate Change, currently chaired by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This working group was established in 2007 under the High Level Committee on Programmes, which is one of three pillars under the UN system Chief Executives Board for Coordination, chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Its members exchange information, collaborate on joint programming and operational activities, and coordinate their contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other system-wide climate change priorities. The Working Group on Climate Change interacts with national and regional coordination structures, including through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework process.

This coordination continues to improve the ability of the UN and its specialized agencies, funds, programmes, and regional commissions, as well as the World Bank Group, to serve their members and maximize the returns on members’ investments.

The document can be found here.