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United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness


8 December: UNITAR: COP 20/CMP 10 side event: Climate Change Education and Training for Children, Youth and Adults: How to Make a Difference, Lima, Peru

10-12 November 2014:UNESCO: World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan

5-7 November 2014: WMO: Conference on the Gender Dimension of Weather and Climate Services, Geneva, Switzerland

27-29 August 2014: WHO: Conference on Health and Climate Change, Geneva, Switzerland

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Focal point: Mr. Reuben Sessa

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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Focal point: Mr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye


International Labour Organization (ILO)

The ILO with its tripartite constituency of Governments, employers and workers has the mission to promote decent work and synergies between ambitious climate change action and social and labour market outcomes through a just transition for all, by inter alia:

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Focal points: Mr. Alex Heikens

Ms. Cristina Colón

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF's fundamental mission is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does. On climate change, UNICEF seeks to:
  • Reduce the effects of climate change on children's rights;
  • Identify and enhance opportunities to advance the rights of children which arise from global and local attention on climate change;
  • Empower children and youth through awareness-raising, education and training on climate change to become agents of change and participate in global and national policy dialogues, monitoring and reporting on climate change issues and progress, as well as contribute to climate solutions.

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Focal point: Mr. Daniel Shepard

United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI)

  • Promoting global awareness and understanding of the United Nations' work on climate change;
  • Building partnerships and fostering dialogue with global constituencies such as academia, civil society, the entertainment industry, educators and youth to encourage support for the activities of the United Nations on climate change;
  • Working with the media to help cover various aspects of the United Nations’ work on climate change;
  • Hosting the Gateway to the United Nations System work on Climate Change:

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Focal points: Cassie Flynn

Yuqiong Zhou

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP works with national, regional, and local stakeholders to help them respond effectively to climate change and promote low-emission, climate-resilient development. UNDP support focuses on three areas: connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people increase their resilience to climate impacts and shift production and consumption practices so they are not harmful to the environment; helping countries build more resilient societies; and strengthening the capacity of countries to access, manage and account for climate finance through, inter alia:
  • Providing training to enhance understanding and participation of Governments, non-governmental organizations and indigenous groups in the international climate change negotiations;
  • Producing public awareness materials and providing technical expertise for the organization of awareness-raising events and enhanced stakeholder engagement at the national and sub-national level;
  • Strengthening institutions and leadership on climate change at the national and sub-national level;
  • Supporting national stakeholders to develop the infrastructure and capabilities needed to access, analyse and apply data to build the resilience of national development strategies, priorities and plans;
  • Contributing to climate change education at schools, universities and institutions.

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United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women)

Focal point: Ms. Verona Collantes

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women)

UN Women works towards the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. To help ensure that discussions and work on climate change education, training, public awareness, participation and access to information reflect a gender perspective and are gender-responsive, UN Women:

  • Supports intergovernmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and does advocacy at the UNFCCC, the General Assembly and SIDS 2014 process, among others;
  • Advances women’s leadership and participation in the UNFCCC process through
  • Working with partners in advocacy on gender equality and climate change through outreach to Member States, publications, co-organisation of and participation in side-events and other high-level meetings and conferences;
  • Hosting the “Knowledge Gateway on Women’s Economic Empowerment,” a ‘one-stop-shop’ portal through which users can find resources focusing on women’s economic empowerment.
  • Supporting countries and regions through programmes on the ground to develop gender-responsive climate policies and strengthening women’s capacity to cope with climate change impacts.

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Focal point: Ms. Fanina Kodre-Alexander

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • Supporting countries in designing, launching and implementing national climate change outreach programmes and developing long-term national action plans and strategies on Article 6;
  • Promoting the integration of environment and sustainability concerns into teaching, research, community engagement and the management of universities as well as providing training courses on sustainable development, preparedness for disaster risk reduction, environment risk reduction and environmental law through the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability;
  • Developing and implementing outreach programmes with the Tunza Network, children and youth organizations, and through partnerships with the scouts, girl guides, school children, students etc.;
  • Providing training and mentoring workshops for journalists, particularly from developing countries;
  • Producing information materials such as publications, atlases, audiovisuals and graphics that are widely disseminated among climate change focal points, decision makers and civil society;

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Focal point: Ms. Adriana Valenzuela

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

  • Servicing intergovernmental negotiation related to Article 6 of the Convention and the implementation of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention;
  • Providing the secretariat for the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness;
  • Hosting and promoting the Climate Change Information Network Clearinghouse CC:iNet, which provides information and resources on the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention;

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Focal point: Ms. Amrei Horstbrink

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

  • Hosting the Secretariat for the One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change UN CC:Learn, a partnership of 33 multilateral organizations which supports countries in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change.


Focal point: Ms. Julia Heiss

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • UNESCO has been recognized globally as the lead agency for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which aims at enabling us to constructively and creatively address present and future global challenges and create more sustainable and resilient societies. UNESCO coordinates the implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, as official follow-up to the United Nations Decade of ESD (2005-2014). Within the framework of the Global Action Programme, UNESCO responds to climate change through education;
  • Supporting countries to include climate change and disaster risk reduction in their education policies and plans, curricula and teacher education programmes through its programme on climate change education for sustainable development (CCESD) by inter alia:
    • making national CCESD interventions in pilot countries;
    • providing guidance regarding the integration of climate change responses into education in a holistic manner;
    • facilitating dialogue through international expert meetings;
    • developing teaching and learning resource materials and providing a clearinghouse of information and resources on climate change education.

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Focal point: Ms. Jennifer Park

United Nations Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team

Calling climate change ''the defining issue of our time", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is actively:

  • Supporting governments to build a new legal climate agreement by 2015;
  • Promoting action that educates the public on climate change causes and solutions, and helps empower citizens to address climate change;
  • Supporting the UN system in its climate change education, training and public awareness efforts.

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Focal point: Ms. Zinaida Fadeeva

United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU - IAS)

  • Advancing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), including climate change related training, education, research and action, through its ESD programme by:
    • promoting the incorporation of ESD into curricula at all levels of education and in all levels of society to increase general knowledge of ESD-related issues globally, while improving international actions related to ESD;
    • developing learning systems for sustainable development through its 127 Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD that are comprised of regional and local networks of organizations representing, among others, institutions of formal and non-formal learning including universities, schools, municipalities, civil society organisations and private sector;
    • enabling global exchange of experiences and innovative practices for capacity development and their institutionalization.
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Focal point: Ms. Elena Villalobos Prats

World Health Organization (WHO)

  • Promoting the protection of health from adverse impacts of climate change through its long-standing programme on climate change and human health;
  • Providing evidence and supporting capacity-building and implementation of projects to strengthen the health system response to climate change through:
    • guidance on how to conduct a health vulnerability and adaptation assessment;
    • guidance to support the implementation of the health national adaptation process;
    • awareness raising tools and manuals on the health impacts of climate change.

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Focal point: Mr. Michael Williams

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

  • Assisting countries to develop education and training programmes on weather, climate and water with the aim of strengthening scientific and operational capabilities and public weather services;
  • Raising public awareness of the most recent scientific findings about climate variability and climate change.

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