Strategy Paper on Nature-based Solutions to Build Climate Resilience in Informal Areas

This strategy paper draws from existing research and practical project experience applying nature-based solutions (NBS) for adaptation and building climate resilience in informal areas to better understand the potential for upscaling implementation as well as the challenges.

The paper identifies (a) what are some of the interconnected opportunities and challenges of working on NBS to build climate resilience in informal areas, (b) what are some of the special considerations that may need to be acknowledged when planning or implementing NBS for adaptation in informal areas and finally (c) what are some of the best practices that can be identified to date.

It is intended that this strategy paper will support strategic discussions and programming to catalyze research and action on nature-based solutions in informal areas to reduce vulnerability, address climate risk, and contribute to sustainable development for the urban poor and the natural environment.

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Organization: UN habitat

Theme: Adaptation

Topic: Urban, Environment, Adaptation, Ecosystems

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

The State of Climate Ambition: Snapshot for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

The State of Climate Ambition: Snapshot for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), provide analysis for this group of Climate Promise-supported countries, surrounding their NDC status and implementation readiness.

The Snapshot builds upon, and updates information, from UNDP’s The State of Climate Ambition (Oct 2021). It explores NDC submission, ambition and quality status while assessing progress on key systems and architecture for NDC implementation.

It also looks at areas of past and future Climate Promise support and showcases champion countries.

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Adaptation

Topic: Environment, Adaptation, Mitigation

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

The State of Climate Ambition: Snapshot for Least Developed Countries

The State of Climate Ambition: Snapshot for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), provide analysis for this group of Climate Promise-supported countries, surrounding their NDC status and implementation readiness.

The Snapshot builds upon, and updates information, from UNDP’s The State of Climate Ambition (Oct 2021). It explores NDC submission, ambition and quality status while assessing progress on key systems and architecture for NDC implementation.

It also looks at areas of past and future Climate Promise support and showcases champion countries.

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Adaptation

Topic: Environment, Adaptation, Mitigation

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

How Just Transition can help deliver the Paris Agreement

This new report unpacks why a just transition is central to delivering the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals, analyses key global and regional trends, and explores what a just transition means for UNDP’s work.

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Other

Topic: Environment, Adaptation, Mitigation

Publication date: 2023

Language: English, Spanish, French

Vision to Reality: Empowering Countries Worldwide to Deliver the Paris Agreement

The report presents results of the Japan-funded Climate Promise project (FY 2021) across 22 countries and territories, demonstrating human-centered stories of people that benefitted from the project activities.

It also covers main achievements and role of the project in implementation of NDC targets in participating countries.

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Adaptation

Topic: Environment, Adaptation

Type of material: Activity Report

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

Re-envisioning Climate Change Adaptation Policy to Sustain Peace – A typology & Analysis of the NAPs

This study maps the extent to which climate, peace and security intersections are addressed in the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and offers a blueprint for the mainstreaming of climate-related security risks into the NAPs and for synergies between adaptation policies and peacebuilding efforts.

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Organization: UNDP

Topic: Security and Defence, Environment, Population Dynamics, Human Security

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

The Climate Dictionary

The Climate Dictionary is an initiative aimed at providing an everyday guide to understanding climate change. It seeks to bridge the gap between complex scientific jargon and the general public, making climate concepts accessible and relatable to individuals from various backgrounds and levels of expertise.

The concept is driven by the belief that empowering people with knowledge is crucial in fostering action and collective responsibility towards addressing climate change.

By utilizing a creative combination of compelling visuals, concise explanations, and engaging storytelling, “The Climate Dictionary” effectively communicates complex climate concepts in a user-friendly and visually captivating manner. The publication features a series of climate-related term or phenomenon. The content is meticulously crafted to cater to diverse audiences, catering to both the scientifically inclined and those with limited prior knowledge of the subject.

The dictiionary is also available in Spanish and French.

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Education, Youth

Topic: Education, Environment, Adaptation, Green Jobs/Economy, Mitigation, REDD

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2023

Language: English, Spanish, French

The Implications of Climate Change for Mediation and Peace Processes

This Practice Note identifies practical suggestions for addressing the effects of climate change in mediation processes, including by leveraging climate policy frameworks and climate finance during peace processes and agreement implementation. It proposes considerations applicable from the preparation and negotiation phases to the design and implementation of a peace agreement.4 Crucially, it also provides guidance on where mediation teams can find the support necessary to design and undertake the proposed actions.

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Organization: UN DPPA

Topic: Environment

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2022

Language: English

Falling short: Addressing the climate finance gap for children

Falling short: addressing the climate finance gap for children is a study analysing how ‘child responsive’ projects funded by key multilateral climate funds are – over a 17-year period. ‘Child responsiveness’ is defined as addressing the distinct and heightened risks children experience from the climate crisis, strengthening the resilience of child-critical social services and empowering children as agents of change. The report concludes that children are being failed by climate funding commitments, despite bearing the brunt of the climate crisis.

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Organization: UNICEF

Theme: Youth

Topic: Finance, Children

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

G7 Progress Report: Adaptation & Resilience Investors Collaborative

This report provides key highlights of the progress made by the Collaborative in 2022. It includes a deep-dive analysis and recommendations that have advanced a shared understanding on adaptation and resilience impact metrics and identifies some areas where further analysis and development is needed. It presents the 2023–24 work programme to accelerate progress across the three technical workstreams: (i) physical climate risks; (ii) investor-relevant adaptation and resilience metrics, and (iii) investment vehicles and approaches, set out in the Collaborative’s 2022 Progress Report. 

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Organization: UNEP

Theme: Other

Topic: Environment, Ecosystems

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

Gender equality in the sustainable energy transition

UN Women and UNIDO have joined forces to produce this guide on “Gender equality in the sustainable energy transition”, which provides an overview of key and emerging issues in the gender and sustainable energy nexus, illustrated by research findings and case studies. This guide has been drafted with a view to supporting policymakers and development practitioners in government, the private sector, and civil society, as well as in the UN system, who are involved in designing and implementing sustainable energy policies, programmes, and projects.

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Organization: UN Women

Theme: Energy, Gender

Topic: Energy, Gender

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

The race to net zero : accelerating climate action in Asia and the Pacific

The theme study sets out the transformations that are needed for Asia and the Pacific to transition to a net-zero-carbon future in support of sustainable development. It provides an outline of the regional context of climate change and identifies policies and actions that could be taken in various sectors of the economy to support the global climate agenda, while also making broad economic, social and environmental gains. To close the emissions gap in key sectors, efforts must be made to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy. Low-carbon mobility and logistical solutions are crucial for accelerating innovation, developing technologies and tapping into greener fuels. The move towards low-carbon transport options requires an integrated approach to land use and urban planning, as Asia and the Pacific is rapidly motorizing. Furthermore, Governments need to boost their climate-smart trade and investment sectors so that they can decarbonize industries that are currently notable for exporting carbon-intensive goods. Trade and investment should be utilized as force multipliers to combat climate change but are still missing from the existing regional climate landscape. The theme study also contains information on climate-related financing needs in the region and addresses data gaps for better monitoring. Given the carbon neutrality commitments from the majority of Asia-Pacific countries, the report recommends strengthening regional policy dialogue and technical cooperation on low carbon, climate-resilient transition.

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Organization: UNESCAP

Theme: Energy

Topic: Energy, Environment, Finance, Transport

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

Urban Climate Action – The Urban Content of the NDCs: Global Review 2022

The world is on track to reach a peak global temperature rise by 2100 that far exceeds the 1.5⁰C target needed to reduce the worst climate change impacts. Cities are particularly critical as they account for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, consume 78% of the world’s energy and will comprise 68% of the global population by 2050. This report explores the linkage between national climate plans known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and urban issues.

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Organization: UN habitat

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Urban, Population Dynamics

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

Capacity-building for Enhanced Private Sector Engagement in Climate Action in Eastern and Southern Africa

The Capacity-building sub-division of the Means of Implementation Division together with the respective UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centres and the support of regional and international partners (such as the International Development Research Centre of Canada) have conducted mapping studies in three regions, in order to identify knowledge gaps and capacity-building needs to enable the private sector, and in particular Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to engage effectively in climate action and accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement.

These studies were conducted in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA), in the Southeast Asia (SEA), and in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) regions and have also examined the potential role that local/regional academic and research organizations can play to support capacity-building efforts benefiting SMEs.

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Organization: UNFCCC

Topic: Education, Training

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

Mapping Study of Capacity-building Needs and Gaps of SME to Engage on Climate Action in the MENA Region

The Capacity-building sub-division of the Means of Implementation Division together with the respective UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centres and the support of regional and international partners (such as the International Development Research Centre of Canada) have conducted mapping studies in three regions, in order to identify knowledge gaps and capacity-building needs to enable the private sector, and in particular Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to engage effectively in climate action and accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement.

These studies were conducted in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA), in the Southeast Asia (SEA), and in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) regions and have also examined the potential role that local/regional academic and research organizations can play to support capacity-building efforts benefiting SMEs.

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Organization: UNFCCC

Topic: Education, Training

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

Scaling Private Sector Climate Finance in the MENA Region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are highly vulnerable to the physical impacts of climate change through sea level rise, heat stress and water scarcity, which pose increasing risks for food production, energy generation, and livelihood opportunities in the region. 

 

For financial institutions operating in the MENA region, climate change mitigation and adaptation pose a great set of challenges as well as opportunities. This report showcases concrete examples of climate finance projects and identifies key climate finance trends in the region. The case studies also demonstrate the barriers to greater climate action from the finance sector and aim to inform policymakers and UNEP FI’s climate work in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Designed for banks, multilateral development banks (MDBs) and policymakers operating in the region, the study complements 2019’s report Promoting Sustainable Finance and Climate Finance in the Arab Region highlighting commercial banks’ work on climate action. 

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Organization: UNEP

Topic: Finance, Adaptation

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2022

Language: English

Finance for climate action: scaling up investment for climate and development

This paper follows from the logic of delivering on the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Glasgow Pact. The first part (Sections 1– 3) focus on this purpose and the necessary investment and actions, drawing on earlier work on the analysis of investments by members of the group and others. The second part (Sections 4–9) is about the scale and nature of the different forms of finance that are necessary for this investment and how they complement each other. Section 10 is on how the framework and the key elements described can be taken forward through our systems for international collaboration, while Section 11 concludes with overall next steps. The paper is intended to provide a framework for finance for climate action covering the overall needs for the comprehensive approach embodied in the Paris Agreement and UNFCCC. All the elements are necessary and urgent; it is a complementary and mutually supportive package. Most of the actions must start now; it is the science and the world’s perilous condition that set the urgency and timing. The paper also looks ahead to the coming decade and beyond. We do not attempt to provide great detail on every element of the package, but we are clear that there is a practical way forward on each.

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Organization: UNECE

Topic: Finance, Economic Analysis

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2022

Language: English

Good practice in climate action in Africa

limate action must confront the vulnerabilities experienced on much of the continent among people who bear a disproportionate share of climate impacts despite contributing relatively little to global emissions (approximately 4%). The focus of this compilation is on projects where international organizations are partnering with national government and local stakeholders in implementation through funding, technology transfer, and capacity building.

The report focuses on initiatives where national governments have partnered specifically with UN entities, often together with other international partners, local stakeholders, and the private sector. The examples provided are diverse, cutting across countries, sectors, approaches, and implementing partners. They cover successful practices in climate-sensitive sectors in need of urgent and scaled up responses: energy, agriculture, land restoration, water and sanitation, coastal restoration, tourism, waste, and transport. The report also identifies important cross-cutting lessons. While tailored and context-driven approaches are crucial to success, some takeaways emerge from across the full set that are relevant for further action across sectors.

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Organization: UNECA

Topic: Energy, Transport, Tourism, Water, Agriculture and Food, Chemicals and Waste, Ecosystems

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2022

Language: English

Adapting to a New Climate in the MENA Region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is one of the most vulnerable to physical climate change impacts, putting human activities and natural systems at high risk. Immediate action to accelerate adaptation finance is critical to address the climate adaptation gap and lessen or prevent potential climate change risks. 

 

This report addresses the risks of climate change in the MENA region, the resulting economic impacts, and how banks are currently responding to climate risks. With a focus on Egypt and Morocco, it analyzes the current state of adaptation finance and the barriers to scale up finance for adaptation and resilience in the region. 

 

The results of this study include recommendations to scale up finance for adaptation and resilience in the region based on desk-based research, a survey of regional banks, and interviews with a sample of commercial and development finance institutions. This resource is a regional supplement of the report Adapting to a new climate published in November 2022.

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Organization: UNEP

Topic: Environment, Adaptation, Biodiversity

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English

The 2023 Climate Risk Landscap

With worsening impacts of climate change affecting almost every human and natural system across the globe and the critical economic transition to a net-zero emissions future on its way, successful companies and communities will be the ones showing climate resilience and contributing to a sustainable future. 

In order to better understand climate risks and opportunities and inform their strategies, financial institutions have turned towards climate risk tools, a market that has developed at an impressive pace in the last few years. UNEP FI’s 2023 Climate Risk Landscape report assists financial institutions in better understanding the diverse and dynamic landscape of climate risk tools. The report explores the major market trends in physical risk and transition risk tools and provides detailed analysis on dozens of individual tools. 

 

The project has been supported by a group of 44 banks convened by UNEP FI as part of its Climate Risk and TCFD Programme. It follows the 2021 Climate Risk Landscape Report diving into the similarities and distinctions among climate risk assessment tools, and the 2022 Supplement that incorporated financial institutions’ experience of working with different tool providers.

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Organization: UNEP

Topic: Environment

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2023

Language: English