How climate change can impact on disease outbreaks such as Zika or Dengue? Andrea Monroy-Licht our UN CC:Learn Champion has been leading a project called Salud 1.5º.  This initiative seeks to encourage students to take action against the health risks associated with climate change and global warming. This Colombian teacher from Barranquilla has already made positive changes in her community and is looking forward to replicating this project in other cities. Discover more about her environmental education activities on climate change issues which aims at mitigating the effects associated with vector-borne diseases.

My name is Andrea Monroy-Licht, and I am a Professor at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. Together with my colleague Ricardo Gutierrez, I lead the Cell Biology course, which is taught to first-year medical students.

Andrea Monroy-Licht profile picture | Photo: Andrea Monroy-Licht

Andrea Monroy-Licht profile picture | Photo: Andrea Monroy-Licht

Completing the UN CC:Learn course on Human Health and Climate Change inspired us to change our approach to teaching students taking the Cell Biology course, in order to integrate climate change and global warming issues.  The increase in temperatures caused by climate change can activate the migration processes of vectors – such as mosquitoes – to other regions, thus increasing the likelihood of disease outbreaks such as Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Malaria in areas where these outbreaks were previously not common. Similarly, high temperatures in several areas tend to increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases associated with heat shock.

This evidence led us to create a project called Salud 1.5ºC – a space to enhance critical thinking skills around the relationship between human health and the health of our planet. This initiative seeks to encourage students to take action against the health risks associated with climate change and global warming, through the completion of an environmental management project. Four topics are currently being worked on in parallel:

  1. heat shock diseases,
  2. vector-borne diseases (e.g. from mosquitoes),
  3. health risks associated with water pollution by microplastics, and
  4. the effects of environmental pollutants such as endocrine disruptors.
Photo: Andrea Monroy-Licht

Photo: Andrea Monroy-Licht

The project involves 159 students and 48 families. Within these families, the students implement actions related to environmental education on climate change issues which are aimed at mitigating the effects associated with vector-borne diseases – through prevention campaigns and the reduction of sources that induce the increase of mosquito vectors. On the issue of heat shock diseases, students carry out tree planting and eco-environmental initiatives to reduce high temperatures in some parts of their homes. For the microplastics project, students lead campaigns for the recycling, reuse, and reduction of this type of materials in their homes. Finally, on the topic of chemicals with potential endocrine-disrupting effects, students educate their families about the risks that these products pose to their health and ecosystems when discarded. They also propose the use of alternative natural products with low environmental impact.

Photo: Andrea Monroy-Licht

Photo: Andrea Monroy-Licht

Through the Salud 1.5ºC project, we hope to encourage more and more people to join these initiatives.  To date, the project has reached 461 people: 199 students and 262 family members. It continues to operate under pandemic conditions, which fills us with happiness as there are no excuses for not taking care of the planet. Importantly, this project is demonstrating that with the commitment of each of us many actions can be implemented to mitigate climate change and the pollution of the planet. Looking forwards, we are planning to consolidate a strategy that can be replicated in other subjects, universities, and cities  – multiplying actions for our health and the health of the planet.

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Food waste is a problem that can no longer be ignored because every bit of food that ends up in the garbage also means a waste of resources such as water, farmland, and energy needed to produce food. Some developers have taken it upon themselves to find ways to connect people to food that would go to waste, and so helping to reduce the amount of food thrown out every day. Here are six apps that will change the way you buy food.

In a world where one in nine people on earth (about 795 million people) don’t have food to eat, we continuously waste 1.3 billion tons of edible food each year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. This means that one-third of all the food produced for human consumption is lost.

Selecting flawless vegetables and fruits has become a habit for many consumers. Bright yellow bananas without any brown spots, perfectly shaped orange bell peppers, and apples that have an impeccable red glow sans bruises. In reality, this “harmless” habit contributes to perfectly edible food getting thrown out because of how it looks. Ultimately, food waste is responsible for over seven percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), making it a key challenge in tackling climate change.

Did you know that in the United Kingdom, 1.4 million bananas are thrown away every day?

Food waste is a problem that can no longer be ignored because every bit of food that ends up in the garbage also means a waste of resources such as water, farmland, and energy needed to produce food in the first place. Some developers have taken it upon themselves to find ways to connect people to food that would otherwise go to waste, and so helping to reduce the amount of food thrown out every day.

YourLocal: To fight food waste in Denmark, two friends came up with the idea to link consumers to local shops that have leftover food. Given its success, in 2015 YourLocal became the first app to help small businesses and supermarkets sell surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.
The app is available for iPhone and Android.

Too Good To Go: The concept is simple: through a free smartphone app, Too Good To Go helps food stores sell their surplus food instead of throwing it away. The best part? People get to enjoy good food at a fraction of the price. This free smartphone app is available in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK, with plans to expand to other countries. If you live in one of these countries, start saving on food today.
The app is available for iPhone and Android.

In 2017, Too Good To Go users saved over 2 million meals that would probably have ended in the garbage.

Olio: Next time you are going on a long weekend getaway, think about sharing your vegetables and fruits with your neighbor. This app allows users to connect with neighbors or local shops that have surplus food. You can also browse for food that’s available nearby (all products are free or for donation to charity) and arrange for a pick-up.
The app is available for iPhone and Android.

No Food Wasted: This app allows people in the Netherlands to know when products that are close to their “best-before” date go on sale at their local supermarket. This means you can quickly change your shopping list, buy products that are marked down, and save money.
The app is available for iPhone and Android.

In developing countries, 40 percent of losses occur during the harvest and processing level. In industrialized countries, 40 percent of losses happen at the retail or consumer level. Source: FAO.

We Save Eat: To tackle food waste in Barcelona, stores post their surplus food on We Save Eat and users are able to purchase products at a reduced price. If you own a food shop in Barcelona, you can sign up to be part of the We Save Eat community.
The app is available for iPhone and Android.

Flashfood: Available in the United States and Canada, Flashfood allows people to immediately browse food deals near them. This not only saves money for shoppers, but it increases revenues for vendors while contributing to diminishing environmental impacts.
The app is available for download here.

Become conscious about your food consumption is the first step toward a sustainable lifestyle. However, you can take a further step and learn in-depth on how your diet impacts the environment and our planet by taking our e-course on Sustainable Diet, currently available in English and Portuguese.

Are you using one of these apps? If so, how has it changed your daily habits? Tell us on Facebook or Instagram, we want to know!

Our food habits and daily choices affect our health the health of the planet. This course helps participants gain knowledge to make their diets healthier and more sustainable. It discusses farming, buy food locally, waste and packaging, and changing eating habits.


“I learn so much about how our diet can impact the environment. After taking this course, I feel like I’m ready to adjust my diet in order to save the planet.” – Learner from India

  • Climate Change
  • Health
  • Youth
  • Education

Self-paced course

2 hours


Be a part of the sustainable food revolution! Learn how your food habits and daily choices are affecting your health and that of the planet. Gain the skills and knowledge to make your diet more healthy and sustainable. After completing the course you will be able to:

  • Explain what is at stake: how your food choices affect your health and the environment?
  • Make better food choices that consider both human and planetary well-being
  • Identify ways in which changing your diet makes a positive impact
  • Develop a personal sustainable and healthy diet plan or project

The course will help you take action to counter climate change and lead a sustainable and healthy lifestyle!

The course at a glance

  1. Our Choices Matter: How the way we consume and produce food affects our health and the planet.

2. Better Farming: Why should we pay attention to farming methods?

3. Buying Food Locally: Why should we care where our food comes from?

4. Is Processed Food Bad?: Is processed food always unhealthy?

5. Reading the Labels: How to get the right information for a better food choice?

6. Food Waste and Packaging: When is packaging necessary, when and how can it be avoided?

7. Changing Eating Habits: How to change eating habits for a healthier, sustainable lifestyle?

8. My Plate, My Pledge: What will you do to improve your health and that of the planet?

Completion Requirements

After completing the course you will get a certificate. All you need to do is complete all 7 videos, factsheets and activities, as well as choose your sustainable food pledge before the certificate becomes automatically available to download.

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


Special thanks to Danone for the support in realizing this course.


This course (video) is made available for educational purposes only.

It aims to provide general information on the relation between food, human health, and environmental
sustainability, in order to enable people to make more informed choices based on their own convictions, priorities, cultures, and beliefs.

The images and references used in this course are for illustrative purposes only.

This course should not be relied upon or used as a substitute for professional
medical or nutritional advice.


Climate change is causing both scarcity and abundance of water. This has serious impacts on health, agriculture, energy and infrastructure. This course looks at integrated approaches to water management, and how these can help adaptation efforts.

  • Health
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Adaptation


0.45 hours


This tutorial introduces the concept of mainstreaming climate change adaptation into water resources.

Who should take this course

  • The engaged public and practitioners with an interest in better understanding the cross-sectoral linkages between water resources and climate change.
  • Policy-makers wanting to increase their understanding on how an integrated approach to water management can help adaptation across sectors and how it can be an entry-point for their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). 
  • Policy-makers and experts attending the NAP-GSP face-to-face regional training on Mainstreaming climate change adaptation into water resources.  

Completion requirements

This course does not have a learning assessment therefore, a certificate will not be issued.


This tutorial is a learning initiative of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as part of the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP).  It is part of the support to the NAP Toolkit to the face-to-face training package.  The NAP-GSP is a joint programme, implemented by UNDP and UN Environment, in collaboration with other UN Agencies to assist countries with their NAP processes.  The programme is funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF).


Human health is directly affected by the weather, climate variability and climate change. This course explains how mitigation and adaptation policies and measures can benefit human health. It also presents tools and examples to assess and integrate health within climate change policies and strategies.


“Absolutely exceeded my expectations and has immensely contributed to sharpening my critical thinking skillset.” – Learner from United Arab Emirates

  • Climate Change
  • Health
  • Youth

Short course

2 hours


This course provides an introduction to the health challenges, as well as the opportunities, that can be associated with climate change. It includes one module divided into 3 sections and takes around 2 hours to complete.

What you will learn

After completing this specialized module, you will be able to:

  • Explain how weather, climate variability and climate change can affect human health.
  • Describe the health benefits of mitigation and adaptation policies and measures in health and related sectors.
  • Identify a variety of tools to assess and integrate health within climate change policies and strategies, and integrate climate change within health policies and strategies.
  • Provide examples of how countries are responding to the health challenges posed by climate change, including taking advantage of the opportunities.

Course at a glance

This specialized module has three sections:

  1. Climate Change and Human Health
  2. Adaptation: Building Health Systems’ Resilience to Climate Change
  3. The Mutual Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation and Health Policies

Completion requirements

Once the quiz is completed with above 70% of passing scores, you will receive a certificate of completion from WHO and UNITAR. You have three attempts to each quiz.

Partners and Contributors

The module has been developed and peer-reviewed through UN CC:Learn, with technical leadership provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

What would be key elements to consider in the management of international waters? Is the way in which women and men interact with water resources relevant? Check out a new free e-learning module on gender and international waters to understand why it is important to engage both women and men to foster a more equitable and sustainable water resource use for everybody.

International waters are crucial for human well-being, providing a multiplicity of essential ecosystem services and supporting a wide range of economic activities all over the world. Ensuring the sustainable management of such resources is therefore of paramount importance. In this context, what would be key elements to consider? Is the way in which women and men interact with water resources relevant?

A new free e-learning module on gender and international waters discusses the importance of taking gender considerations into account and of engaging both women and men in improved governance systems that will foster a more equitable and sustainable water resource use for everybody.

Cover of the Module on Gender and International Waters

This engaging learning resource, open to environmental specialists, development practitioners and policy-makers working on gender and international waters, as well as anyone interested, is self-paced and takes around 1 hour to complete. It is divided into three sections:

1.    Gender & International Waters
2.    Dimensions of International Waters and the Gender Gap
3.    Gender and International Waters: A Framework for Action

After completing this module, you will be able to:

•    Describe the relationship between gender and international waters.
•    Identify key international commitments on gender equality and international water resources.
•    Explain how gender equality contributes to the sustainable management of international waters.
•    Provide examples of gender responsive initiatives related to international waters.

The module includes an interactive lesson, with videos, relevant statistics, case studies, exercises, key messages and references to additional resources. An offline version is also available for self-study or training purposes.

Interactive features of the module

At the end, a quiz allows users to measure the achievement of the learning objectives and, if successful, receive a certificate of participation.

While self-standing, the module is part of the free e-learning course on the gender and environment that can be accessed on the UN CC:Learn e-learning platform. This course includes 6 modules on 1) gender and environment, 2) gender and biodiversity, 3) gender and climate change, 4) gender and land degradation, 5) gender and international waters, and 6) gender, chemicals and waste. A certificate of completion is made available to participants successfully completing the full course.

This e-learning product has been developed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), UNITAR/UN CC:Learn, with valuable contributions from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Women, UNDP, UN Environment and the Secretariats of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements that the GEF serves, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, among others.

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New e-learning course on Sustainable Diet to shift mindsets and foster better food choices for the health of people and the planet. Registration is now open!

UN CC:Learn and Danone launch an innovative e-learning course on Sustainable Diet to shift mindsets and foster better food choices for the health of people and the planet 

Climate Change poses a serious threat to future food supplies because of animal and plant species disappearing at an unprecedented rate. “The loss of biodiversity for food and agriculture is seriously undermining our ability to feed and nourish an ever-growing global population,” says Jose Graziano da Silva, Head of FAO (UN CC:Learn partner). “We need to use biodiversity in a sustainable way so that we can better respond to rising climate change challenges and produce food in a way that doesn’t harm our environment,” he said.

Image: FAO – The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

These challenges will transform the way we produce, market and consume food, but for this to happen we must change our relationship with food both as producers and consumers. With a global population of 7 billion people and dwindling natural resources, we, as individuals, businesses, and societies, need to learn to live and act in a sustainable way. This is pushing companies to look for new and more sustainable solutions. They are beginning to understand that this shift is inevitable and are starting to incorporate sustainability in their long-term business strategies. The big change should be implemented at all levels from the supply chain, through the employees to the way consumers are informed and educated. Sustainable food systems are the future of food and agriculture however they require shared solutions and some cross-sectoral collaboration.

Last year UNITAR joined forces with Danone. The partnership aims to support and facilitate the implementation of Agenda 2030 and particularly those goals and targets addressing environmental and health issues. The initiative will empower both Danone’s employees and the UN CC:Learn online community (hosted by UNITAR) with the knowledge and skills needed to take action against climate change by making better-informed food choices.

By highlighting the environmental and social aspects of food production and consumption, the joint initiative is seeking to shift mindsets towards a more sustainable way of living. It is vital to incorporate sustainability into lifestyles and this starts with gaining an awareness of the impact of our everyday dietary choices. The food we eat has a huge effect on both human health and the well-being of our planet. Thoughtful and ethical consumption starts with knowledge, awareness, and information that empowers people to become agents of change by making well-informed choices which positively impact the planet. It is about including sustainable development issues, such as climate change and biodiversity, into consumers’ decision-making. Both the business community and consumers need to contribute.

The partnership between UNITAR/UN CC:Learn and Danone has resulted in a developing an exciting e-learning course which will help Danoners as well as thousands of consumers all over the world to better understand the social and environmental impact of their food choices. Awareness of these issues is a starting point to change our relationship with the planet through our daily choices. The innovative, video-based format includes interviews with sustainability and nutrition experts, food practitioners as well as local farming and food associations. It also features an interview with a renowned Chef Thierry Marx who shared his knowledge and some cooking tips. The course consists of 6 exciting lessons: Better Farming, Buying Food Locally, Is Processed Food Bad?, Reducing Food Waste and Packaging, Reading the Labels, Changing Eating Habits. After completing the course each learner will get a UN-accredited certificate. The final assessment also includes developing an individual sustainable diet plan. The course is now available in English and will soon be delivered also in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

Are you interested in learning more about sustainable diet and how does it affect the environment? Watch our playlist here

For registration click here.

Through UN CC:Learn, UNITAR and Danone will develop a learning program on climate change for Danone employees.

For the first time, UNITAR partners with a private company to build a core set of knowledge that will help promote conservation, restoration and safeguarding of our planet, while encouraging Danone employees to take concrete action. Through UN CC:Learn, UNITAR and Danone will develop a learning program on climate change for Danone employees. This core set will be integrated in a larger internal learning platform with extensive resources related to Danone’s vision and goals. Overall, this partnership nourishes the global ambition of the company to empower its teams so that they can drive sustainable change.

Initial deliverables in the multi-year partnership include:

  • From June 26, 2018, launch of a unique “One Planet. One Health” learning platform for Danone employees using UNITAR e-learning resources from;
  • Creation of specific features for Danone employees, namely introductory courses on climate change and green economy;
  • Co-building of an e-learning module tailored to fit Danone’s “One Planet. One Health” vision;
  • Live training experiences delivered by UNITAR to Danone teams;
  • Danone joining the UN CC:Learn Steering Committee in 2019.

“I am truly delighted to be able to launch this initiative. The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) is a growing initiative that seeks to promote global climate literacy for all. The corporate world has a huge and important role to play in achieving this outcome”, said Angus Mackay, Head of the UN CC:Learn Secretariat.

Earlier this year, Danone introduced nine goals, aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, to drive long-term sustainable value creation and deliver its ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision. As a founding act for its goals, Danone launched ‘One Person, One Voice, One Share’ – a governance and employee engagement model to empower employees to co-own the company agenda, and actively participate in bringing these goals to life.

Today, as a starting point for this participative journey, Danone inaugurates its internal learning platform with extensive sharing and learning resources related to the company vision and goals. This will include content derived from UN CC:e-Learn. All Danone employees will have the opportunity to learn more, better understand and build on the issues, challenges and opportunities that come with its 2030 goals.

“We want to empower our teams to co-create and co-own our collective future. Danone leans on its strong heritage and every day, people at Danone demonstrate a strong engagement to bring our mission and our vision to life. We firmly believe that offering easily accessible learning opportunities on environmental and community-related issues is a great way to help them leverage concrete action to transform the company, at their scale. Today, we are very proud to join forces with UNITAR, as well as other like-minded partners, to achieve this ambition”, said Bertrand Austruy, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and General Secretary of Danone.

For more information, please contact:

  • Daniela Albuquerque, UNITAR, Green Development and Climate Change Programme, Division for Planet, +41 22 917 8277
  • Marion Cocherel and Garance Vidart, DANONE, Media relations,, +33 1 44 35 20 75


Dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible, Danone is a leading global food & beverage company built on four businesses: Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products, Waters, Early Life Nutrition and Advanced Medical Nutrition. Danone aims to inspire healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking practices, in line with its vision – Danone, One Planet. One Health – which reflects a strong belief that the health of people and the health of the planet are interconnected. Building on health-focused categories, Danone commits to operating in an efficient and responsible manner to create and share sustainable value. Danone holds itself to the highest standards in doing business, as reflected by its ambition to become one of the first multinationals certified as B Corp. With products sold in over 120 markets, Danone generated sales of €24.7 billion in 2017. Danone’s portfolio includes leading international brands (Actimel, Activia, Alpro, Aptamil, Danette, Danio, Danonino, evian, Nutricia, Nutrilon, Volvic, among others) as well as strong local and regional brands (including AQUA, Blédina, Bonafont, Cow & Gate, Horizon, Mizone, Oikos, Prostokvashino, Silk, Vega). Listed on Euronext Paris and on the OTCQX market via an ADR (American Depositary Receipt) program, Danone is a component stock of leading social responsibility indexes including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Vigeo Eiris, the Ethibel Sustainability Index, MSCI Global Sustainability, MSCI Global SRI Indexes and the FTSE4Good Index.

Learn more about Danone’s 2030 Goals and ‘One Person, One Voice, One Share’ program.


An autonomous UN body established in 1963, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a training arm of the United Nations System, UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities. UNITAR’s Green Development and Climate Change Programme (GCP) develops methodologies, executes training, supports learning strategies, and facilitates knowledge-sharing with the goal to strengthen capacities in developing countries to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and to advance a green, low emission and climate resilient transition. The Programme also hosts the Secretariats of the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn).