This section of the platform focuses on specific topics related to climate change, which have been further categorized by UN CC:Learn. Find here the latest UN CC:Learn or partner news related to the topic, as well as important resources on the subject.
The climate system is a complex, interactive system consisting of the atmosphere, land surface, snow and ice, oceans and other bodies of water, and living things. Understanding climate change science is fundamental to understand its actual and projected consequences. Applying appropriate actions is necessary.
By raising awareness and promoting knowledge and skills development, education is an essential component and a catalyst for responding to global climate change. Its importance has been increasingly highlighted at the international level.
There are several ways that climate change can affect our health; some are direct effects of hazards – such as heat waves, storms and floods, while others have a more complex pathway that results in the increase of infectious diseases’ transmission, disruption of ecosystem, and cause of migration and displacement, as well as conflict over depleted resources, such as fertile land, water and fisheries.
Adaptation is one of the key topics in the climate change negotiations. There are a wealth of resources now being developed to support planning for adaptation at the national, regional and local level.
Mechanisms such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, as well as promoting the conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+), are offering new opportunities for funding, engagement and political commitments. While REDD+ is now a well-recognized concept in both the international and national climate change discourse, there remains much work to be done, such as building awareness and skills, so that the mechanism can be effectively implemented.
As youth become increasingly aware of the challenges and opportunities in transitioning to a low-carbon development, many are joining the global dialogue on solutions, getting involved and taking action. Young people are not only highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, but they are also tomorrow’s business leaders, decision makers, and consumers.
The UN CC: Learn partners are aware of the key role that youth play in tackling climate change and work together to make the latest information on youth and climate change available and accessible.