This course was developed by the UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat to give a broad overview of the legal basis, structure, rules and workings of the UNFCCC process.

  • Climate Change

Self-paced course

2 hours


In 1992, countries agreed on an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as a framework for international cooperation to combat climate change by limiting average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change and coping with its impacts. There are 198 countries that have ratified the Convention, called Parties to the Convention, and every year, they hold a Conference of the Parties (COP).

This course introduces the international climate change regime, its three key instruments (The UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement), and the institutional arrangements for the climate change intergovernmental process. This course focuses on UNFCCC rules of procedure regarding the negotiation process as well as the mechanism for convening the Parties through various forums and working groups, including the presidency and bureau, observers and elections, and the decision making and reporting processes.

What will you learn?

After completing this course, you will be able to:

Present the international climate change regime, including:

  • the three instruments of the UN climate change regime – the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement.
  • how the UNFCCC operates through the COP process and major COP accomplishments.
  • the organization and administration of the annual COPs.
  • The institutional arrangements for the climate change intergovernmental process

Describe and analyse the draft Rules of Procedure of the Conference on the Parties, including:

  • responsibilities and operating procedures of governing, subsidiary, and other decision-making bodies.
  • the process for Parties to come to a consensus on the issues under negotiations.

Course at a glance

This online course includes one online lesson with two learning modules and a quiz that take an average of two hours to be completed.

Module 1: Overview of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Process

Module 2: The Negotiations and Rules of Procedure of the Intergovernmental Climate Change Process

Who is this course for?

This course is open to everyone who wishes to learn more about the UNFCCC process, including Party and non-Party stakeholders and the civil society.


Participants who successfully pass the quiz with a minimum grade of 70% within three attempts will get an official UN Climate Change certificate.

This course will introduce you to the Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee (PAICC). It will provide you with a detailed description of the function, nature, and operation of the Committee.

  • Climate Change

Self-paced course

3 hours


The Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee (PAICC), established under Article 15 of the Paris Agreement, facilitates the implementation of and promotes the compliance with the Paris Agreement.

This course will introduce you to the Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee (PAICC). It will provide you with a detailed description of the function, nature, and operation of the Committee.

What will you learn?

By completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define the operating context of the Committee in the reporting and review process under the Paris Agreement.
  • Summarize the role, key features, and conduct of meetings of the Committee.
  • Identify and categorize the four modes of initiation of the work of the Committee and enumerate  the measures the Committee can take to facilitate Party’s implementation and compliance with the Paris Agreement.

Course at a glance

This online course includes one online lesson with two learning modules and a quiz that take an average of two hours to be completed.

Module 1: Operating context of the Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee (PAICC).

Module 2: Facilitation of implementation and promotion of compliance with the Paris Agreement.

Who is this course for?

This course caters to both Party and non-Party stakeholders, including members of civil society, policymakers, advisors, government officials and parliamentarians.


Participants who successfully pass the quiz with a minimum grade of 70% within three attempts will get an official UN Climate Change certificate.

This introductory course teaches learners WHAT is an integrated approach to sustainable development and WHY is it needed. The course explains the rationale, drivers, challenges, and opportunities for an integrated approach to tackling poverty-environment issues. The course lays the foundations for an advanced course focused on HOW to apply the integrated approach in practice.

  • Climate Change

Self-paced course

2 hours

Why take this course?

After completing the introductory course, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the poverty and environment nexus and related concepts.
  • Identify related international developments, as well as global and regional trends.
  • Explain the rationale and drivers behind integrating policy planning.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for advancing an integrated approach.
  • Give examples of enabling policy conditions for integrating poverty and environment issues.

This course is based on Chapter 1 of the publication “Sustainable Development in Practice: A Handbook for Integrating Environment, Climate and Poverty Reduction” (Bass et al., 2023).

The course at a glance

  • 1. Introducing the integrated approach

    Module 1 provides an overview of the poverty and environment nexus and the rationale behind adopting an integrated approach to sustainable development.

  • 2. Drivers of integration

    Module 2 looks at the main drivers for adopting an integrated approach to sustainable development at the international, national and sub-national levels.

  • 3. Challenges and opportunities

    Module 3 explores challenges for adopting an integrated approach to sustainable development, as well as the opportunities presented by tackling poverty and environment issues simultaneously.

  • 4. Applying the integrated approach

    Module 4 focuses on the application of the integrated approach and development of an overarching strategic framework to enable the same.

  • 5. Wrap-up

    The final wrap-up section of the course contain additional readings and the course final quiz.

Get your Certificate

After completing the course, you will get a certificate of completion. Once you complete all videos, lessons, and activities in each module, you will need to complete the final quiz at the end of the course before the certificate becomes automatically available for download.

You can keep track of your progress and download your certificate under the “Certification” tab on the main course page.

Partners and contributors

This course is a collaboration between UN CC:Learn and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-UN Environment (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Action (PEA) programme.

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The “Net Zero 101: What, Why and How” e-course, developed by UNU-IAS and affiliated by UN CC:Learm, offers a foundational understanding of climate change, its impacts, and actionable steps towards achieving a net-zero society.


Read on to find out more about the course.

You have probably heard about “net zero”. These two words can be found everywhere lately, from the news to social media and company reports.

But, what does “net zero” actually mean?

To unpack this concept in an easy-to-understand way, the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has developed the “Net Zero 101: What, Why and How” e-course.

“Net Zero 101: What, Why and How” has been affiliated by UN CC:Learn and consists of three free and self-paced modules that take an average of 1:30h to complete. It provides a foundational understanding of climate change, the science behind it, and its impacts, while showcasing actionable steps one can take as a responsible citizen to contribute to climate action and achieve a net-zero society.

Here’s a few key information about the course.

What will you learn?

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define what anthropogenic climate change is and link it with the concept of net zero.
  • Identify UN organizations, key milestones and international treaties relevant to climate action.
  • Analyze the environmental and socio-economic impacts of climate change. Explain the importance of a whole-of-society approach and the roles of different actors in achieving net zero.
  • Describe the importance of contextualized measures to achieve net zero and determine sustainable and practical ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint.
  • Select the most effective and viable renewable energy solutions considering their cost-effectiveness and sustainability given different contexts.

Who is this course for?

This e-course is meant for anyone who wishes to develop a foundational level of understanding of the basic sciences behind climate change, its environmental, social and economic impacts, and actions we can take as responsible citizens to achieve a net-zero society. You do not need a technical background in climate science to complete the course.

Will you get a certificate?

You will receive a certificate of completion from UNU-IAS once all of the following conditions have been met:

  • Complete the three online lessons; and
  • Score at least 75% on the quiz of each module.

UN CC:Learn Affiliation Programme

The course is made available on UN CC:e-Learn through the new UN CC:Learn affiliation programme, which highlights high-quality e-learning products on climate change developed by recognised institutions outside the framework of the UN CC:Learn programme / without support from the UN CC:Learn Secretariat, in accordance with specific affiliation criteria. The objective of the UN CC:Learn affiliation programme is to enhance global climate literacy through dissemination of high-level learning products that complement UN CC:Learn resources.

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UN CC:e-Learn marks an important milestone with 400,000 certificates awarded globally, showcasing the programme’s commitment to climate education.


Read on to find out more about this important achievement.

Last week, the UN CC:e-Learn platform reached the important milestone of 400,000 certificates of completion issued to learners from all over the world.

This achievement would not have been possible without the full support of people globally who have continually believed in the UN CC:Learn mission and are committed to building a better and more sustainable future by building their capacities on climate change, green economy, and circular economy.

UN CC:Learn offers a range of courses within these three key topics catering to everyone, from people without any prior knowledge of these topics to experts working on these issues day-to-day. The relevance and diversity of the content proposed, which builds on the most up-to-date knowledge in each area, combined with an engaging user experience, contribute to the success of the free, self-paced, online courses offered by UN CC:Learn. 

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Multilingualism, tailoring, and accessibility are cornerstones of UN CC:Learn work. The e-learning platform is currently available in Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian , and Spanish, and users who register on UN CC:e-Learn currently have an array of 120 courses to choose from, many of which are offered in two or more languages. This enhances user experience by allowing them to complete the courses in their native language. The flagship “Climate Change: From Learning to Action” e-course, for instance, can be done in English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Chinese.

UN CC:Learn resources also offer region-specific content, for instance through the “Circular Economy in South Africa” e-course, and can be accessed by individuals with impairments and on different supports.

Moreover, as part of UN CC:Learn’s alumni network, the alumni are invited to participate in events, such as the Fireside Chats, and challenges, like the 2024 UN CC:Learn Champions, which provide a platform for them to learn more about course topics and inspire others.

Moving forward, UN CC:Learn will keep increasing and improving its course catalogue while exploring other ways of promoting climate literacy. 

More than 75,000 students from worldwide have enrolled in the e-course Climate Change: From Learning to Action. Now, this course has been translated into a fifth language, Chinese, and was launched in celebration of the UN Chinese Language Day. Check out what will you learn in this course.

It gives us a comprehensive insight into the overall process of climate change and how we can collectively make a difference. – learner’s testimonial

More than 20,000 students worldwide have already completed our Climate Change: From Learning to Action e-course. This e-course aims to demystify key concepts about climate change such as mitigation, adaptation, and low-carbon emissions, as well as address the social, economic, and financial aspects that are essential for implementing climate change projects. In addition to the theoretical part, the e-course also encourages its students to share their perceptions of climate change in their countries and develop a concrete action plan or project to tackle climate change. The estimated 8-hour e-course is divided into six modules and includes interactive lessons, interviews with experts in the field, extra activities, and formative exercises. At the end of the course, the student must complete the final test to receive the certificate of completion.

The interviews with each facilitator were most insightful to me. Their personal stories added a realistic touch to the whole concept of Climate Change. They are inspiring and made it clearer to me that you can come from any professional path and still be a climate champion. – learner’s testimonial

The e-course is free of charge and is available in five languages, the most recent being Chinese. It was launched in celebration of the official Chinese language day celebrated by the United Nations on Saturday, April 20, 2024. The e-course in Chinese is made available through collaboration with Tongji University and the Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD). Our sincere thanks for this partnership, without which the Chinese course would not have been possible.

To register for the course, simply click on the button below and register. If you’re not already a UN CC:Learn student, you should register on the platform first.

If you know a friend or colleague who might be interested in this course, please recommend it!

“I have been impressed by the information and specific and/or real data presented in this course. I have been able to understand how some countries effectively adapt to the phenomena of climate change, social activism, business commitment, and other aspects. I have been impressed by the quality of professionalism and climate commitment of each instructor.” – learner’s testimonial

A new indicator developed by UN CC:Learn and the MECCE Project is providing insights into how UN CC:Learn is promoting online climate change learning among adults worldwide.


Read on to find out more.

UN CC:Learn and the Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Communication and Education Project (MECCE) are shedding light on the state of online climate change learning among adults worldwide.

Building on a collaboration that was established in 2022, UN CC:Learn and the MECCE Project, an international research initiative bringing together over 100 leading scholars and agencies hosted by the University of Saskatchewan, have developed a new global indicator that gives a proxy measure of the engagement of adults in online learning about climate change.

This new indicator is available on the MECCE Project data platform and can be combined with other indicators there to analyze how the completion of UN CC:Learn courses is contributing to advancing climate learning worldwide.

The MECCE Project used the number of UN CC:Learn courses completed from 2020 to 2023 by type of course and country, as well as external data such as the number of adults with internet connection by country, to come up with a five-level indicator, with 1 being the lowest and 5 highest.

The indicator has demonstrated that UN CC:Learn courses have comprehensive global coverage (77%) and that, over the years, online climate change learning through the completion of UN CC:Learn courses among adults has ramped up in more countries, especially developing ones. These countries are ranking higher on the indicator’s scale. In 2023, for instance, 70 countries were at level three in comparison with 56 in 2022. Similarly, now 11 countries are at level four and 4 at level five, in comparison with 5 and 1, respectively, a year before.

In addition to the indicators, the MECCE Project provides insights into the state of climate change education in countries through 80 country profiles. Several UN CC:Learn Partner countries are featured there and users can explore a comprehensive overview of the country’s climate change strategies and policies over the years, divided into several key sections.

Moving forward, UN CC:Learn and the MECCE project will keep collaborating to see how the indicator evolves in the future.

Masters Students from College of Europe during the presentation at Palais des Nations.

On 4th March 2024, the Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit was invited to present UN CC:Learn and PAGE to master’s students from the College of Europe, as part of a two-day field visit to International Geneva.


Read on to find out more.

Why is education and training important for climate action and climate policy?

That’s what the Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit (GCP) set out to answer during a field trip of master students from the College of Europe’s EU International Relations and Diplomacy programme.

The students came from Brugge, Belgium, on March 4th 2024 to visit International Geneva and learn more about the work of various international organizations and the coordination between the European Union member states in the context of multilateral diplomacy. They took part in a two-day programme at Palais des Nations, where they visited the European Headquarters of the United Nations, and attended presentations by DiploFoundation, IPCC, UNHCR, WHO, and UNITAR.

On behalf of UNITAR’s GCP, Mr. Lucas Terra and Mr. Abhinandan Banarjee walked the students through two of GCP’s main projects: UN CC:Learn and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).

Mr. Terra introduced UN CC:Learn and spoke about the different activities being carried out by the programme, notably the e-learning platform (UN CC:e-Learn), and the country projects. He highlighted the role education and training have in driving action on climate change, and how UN CC:Learn’s in-country and global initiatives play an important part in this agenda. Mr. Terra showcased UN CC:Learn’s some of UN CC:Learn’s main achievements to date, such as the development of 13 National Climate Change Learning Strategies and the issuance of over 380,000 certificates of completion.

Mr. Terra and Mr. Banarjee presenting UN CC:Learn and PAGE to the students from College of Europe. Photo Credit: College of Europe.

Mr. Terra and Mr. Banarjee presenting UN CC:Learn and PAGE to the students from College of Europe. Photo Credit: College of Europe.

Mr.Banerjee introduced the students to the Partnership for Action on Green Economy, and how it brings together the expertise of 5 specialised UN Agencies, including UNITAR, to foster a holistic transition to an Inclusive Green Economy in several countries across the world. He discussed, some of the capacity-building initiatives that UNITAR spearheaded as part of PAGE, both globally, and in specific partner countries, and highlighted how multiple agencies, with different strengths can effectively collaborate to achieve tangible outcomes on the ground.

To conclude their presentation, they showcased the stories of two GCP beneficiaries who are making a difference in their communities: Ms. Asha Alexander and Mr. Mamunur Rahman. Ms. Alexander is a school principal in Dubai, UAE, who completed UN CC:Learn courses. She’s encouraging thousands of students and teachers to follow in her footsteps and complete at least six UN CC:Learn courses. Mr. Rahman took part in a PAGE training that inspired him to become a social entrepreneur in Bangladesh. He founded Ella Pad and now supports thousands of factory-working women by providing sanitary pads and protective masks made from garment scrap from the factories.

To wrap up the session, both Mr. Terra and Mr. Banarjee took questions from the audience. The students were keen to better understand the development process of courses, particularly how their content is prioritized, developed, and vetted. They were also keen to understand how PAGE and UN CC:Learn engage with governments in the area of training and capacity development.

College of Europe students at the Palais des Nations. Photo Credit: College of Europe

College of Europe students at the Palais des Nations. Photo Credit: College of Europe

On this International Women’s Day, we’ve put women-led and gender-responsive climate action in the spotlight.


Read on to find out how we can strengthen and increase women’s participation in climate solutions.


Photo Credit: Panos Pictures.

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Today is International Women’s Day. To celebrate this important date, we invite you to reflect on the role of women in addressing climate change.

Women are often overlooked in climate policy, even though they are the ones suffering the most from the consequences of climate change.

According to UN Women:

“The climate crisis is not “gender neutral”. Women and girls experience the greatest impacts of climate change, which amplifies existing gender inequalities and poses unique threats to their livelihoods, health, and safety.”

How can we ensure that women and girls take part in climate-related decisions that produce effective and inclusive solutions to climate change?

To answer this question, we listed below three ways that could help improve gender-responsive and women-led climate action.

Implement community-led and gender-responsive climate solutions.

Encouraging women’s participation and women-led climate solutions results in better, more efficient, and inclusive outcomes.

In many rural communities, for instance, women are responsible for collecting water for their families and, over the years, have gained a unique understanding of changes to rainfall patterns, as well as water harvesting and storage.

These women are uniquely placed to inform adaptation strategies and develop tailored and inclusive solutions.

Access to tailored financial resources and resource management.

Women manage households and account for a big chunk of the labor force. Nonetheless, they often find themselves without the means to provide for themselves and their families, or without the right incentives to do so.

In Côte d’Ivoire, for example, women account for 70% of the agricultural sector but own only 3% of the land they cultivate. This UN Women project in the country has empowered Ivorian women to increase their incomes through improved efficiency and greater agricultural output.

By providing them with the right resources, including financial ones, they can build more tailored and climate-resilient communities, greatly contributing to climate adaptation and mitigation.

Climate action for all.

Investments in gender-inclusive climate action have far-reaching, society-wide benefits, such as environmental conservation and poverty reduction.

As the UNFCCC put it:

“By tackling climate change with a gender lens, we can also address women’s rights and promote greater gender equality.”

Women play a key role in building climate-resilient societies.

Interested in learning more about the interlinkages between gender and climate change on International Women’s Day?

Take our free gender-related e-courses.

The communication and monitoring project for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in Benin has been launched, aiming to simplify language, involve various stakeholders, and promote territorialization for effective grassroots climate action.


Read on to find out more.

In its ambition to align with international commitments on climate change, Benin has implemented its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), developed in 2017 and updated in 2021 under the Paris Agreement. Following the provisions of Articles 6 and 8 of the Paris Agreement, Benin has requested the support of international partners such as the NDC Partnership and UNITAR, through the UN CC Learn program, to better publicize the work undertaken by the country, to ensure better accounting of actions linked to the reduction of greenhouse gases, and greater ownership by all stakeholders. This is why on 16 November 2023, in Cotonou, Benin, the Ministry of the Environment and the Livelihood through the General Directorate for the Environment and Climate Change and its partners – the NDC Partnership, UNITAR, and stakeholders from other ministerial departments, civil society, medial – took part in the launch of the “Communication and monitoring of the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution and the Partnership Plan in Benin and the validation of the NDC synthesis report” project.

In his introductory remarks, Richard EDIKO-AKANNI, national coordinator of the project, recalled the importance of the project, including:

The general objective of this workshop is to effectively launch the Communication and Monitoring of the Implementation of the NDC and Partnership Plan in Benin project, and to validate the NDC summary report. Specifically, the aim will be to launch and validate the NDC summary document and the key messages for the communication materials, to make the document accessible to all sections of society, for better grassroots involvement.

As Angus MACKAY, Director of UNITAR’s Planet Division, pointed out:

The climate emergency affects us all. We all need to get involved.

To this end, Professor Martin PEPIN AÏNA, Director General of Environment and Climate Change, expressed his satisfaction:

I am very pleased and grateful for your presence at this workshop to think outside the box to speak a language accessible to the public.

Then, Professor AÏNA gave a brief history of the context of the NDC in Benin recalling that:

Following the completion of the status report of the NDC concerning the actions implemented in the 2017-2019 period, Benin has updated this instrument. This ambition, translated by the government of Benin, clearly shows its adherence to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its support as a partner country to the Paris Agreement.

To ensure that all participants had the same level of information, Antoinette SAGBO, communications consultant for the project, gave a presentation of the NDC summary document. This revealed the need to simplify the language to make it accessible to all. As Albert COMPAORE, UNITAR Adviser to the countries of West Africa, said:

This document must be understood by all Beninese so that everyone can act in the same direction. This is the first time a country has made the effort to translate a document of this scope for its people.  And we congratulate Benin.

The Director General of the Environment and Climate Change added:

We can’t make progress on nationally determined contributions (NDCs) as defined in the Paris Agreement without the ownership by all stakeholders. It is essential to review the language we speak, to review policy at the grassroots level, and to go as far as territorializing our NDC.

This concern for returning to the grassroots has been at the heart of the project since its inception,

In developing the NDC, we have reached out to communities in several ways.  For the adaptation part, we conducted vulnerability studies by going into the field.

said Oloadjewou Odjougbele, Country Facilitator of NDC Partnership in Benin.

For a better involvement of politicians, Angus MACKAY, Director of the Planet Division at UNITAR mentioned the Declaration on Climate Change Learning that was signed by 6 countries at COP 28 in Dubai.

Working groups serving as communication activities

The media, ministerial departments, associations, and civil society gathered in sub-groups to watch a mural on climate change, which introduced them to a better understanding of the term “nationally determined contribution (NDC)”.

Alexandre Samuel GACHOUD, Coordinator of the UN CC Learn regional program, echoed Professor AÏNA’s call for a “territorialization of the NDC”, and outlined some of the communications actions to be developed in 2024.

“Specifically, for this year, we will be working on the production of television and radio programs. In addition, there will be special activities to celebrate National Tree Day (1 June 2024). The idea is to have a participatory process by engaging with the various stakeholders”.

Similarly, Charlène MOUBOULOU, Communication and Project Management Assistant at UN CC Learn, acknowledged the existing empirical expertise:

“We are aware that people are implementing adaptation and mitigation actions.  So, it is important that people can take ownership of the NDC and implement its activities that really contribute to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions rate for Benin for better accounting at the national level.

The workshop concluded with recommendations from participants on the second national radio frequency, which covers more than sixty vernacular languages, and a glossary in the main vernacular groups of Benin.