With ambitious climate goals, Iraq sets itself on a new path

Posted on May 10, 2021

📷 In Pictures: As Iraq grapples with the scars of war, economic shocks, and impacts of the pandemic, Climate Change looms on the horizon. But with support from the UNDP, the government of Iraq is setting bold climate goals and charting a more sustainable future.


"I just want to do things without thinking the world is ending"

Posted on April 22, 2021

Meet Paloma Costa. This Brazilian climate activist, lawyer, and member of the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change is gently shaking the world with her passion for climate justice.


The case for a green economy

Posted on April 5, 2021

As countries develop revised national climate pledges, they’re doing so in the context of multiple historic crises: climate change, rising inequality, and the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Fortunately, it’s possible to address all three at once, through a just transition to a green economy.


How UNDP is supporting countries world-wide to beat the water crisis

Posted on March 22, 2021

📷 In Pictures: Around the world some 2.2 billion people lack safely managed drinking water. UNDP is working with governments and communities worldwide to achieve equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.


20 Insights on NDCs in 2020

Posted on December 12, 2020

It was a landmark agreement in which parties agreed to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The stakes are high, but we have reasons for optimism. Here are the top 20 insights on NDCs in 2020.


Climate smart water management is fundamental for sustainable development

Posted on December 7, 2020

Water plays a key role in supporting countries’ proposed emission reduction measures. Actions on nature-based solutions, water efficiency and wastewater treatment can boost carbon sequestration and replenish water resources. Conversely, some climate actions such as renewables through biofuels may negatively impact water resources.


UN launches e-learning tool for people to learn about climate policy

Posted on November 30, 2020

With Mission 1.5 In Action, you can learn more about what governments can do to address climate change. Hosted at mission1point5learn.org, it provides easy-to-understand explanations for 54 of the most important policies governments can enact to address global warming.  



Adaptation Action Coalition Water Launch webinar

‍UNDP will be taking part in a Petersburg Dialogue Satellite event on the Adaptation Action Coalition Water Launch. It will focus on building water resilience for effective climate adaptation, and explore new ways in which the coalition can work together. You can register here.  It will take place on May 4th from 4pm to 6.30pm CEST.



Peoples' Climate Vote results out now

50 countries. 17 languages. 1.2 million people. UNDP has just conducted the largest survey of public opinion on climate change in history. The results are in: people believe the world is in a state of climate emergency.


Launching UNDP’s NDC Revision Quality Assurance Checklist

As part of the Climate Promise, UNDP is producing a number of tools and resources to support countries in revising their NDCs. Among these, we have developed a Quality Assurance Checklist for revising NDCs.


Quality Assurance Checklist for Revising NDCs

The quality assurance checklist is designed to support governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to reflect on the revision processes and outcomes of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).


News and ideas


Climate financing not only needs to be scaled up, but also to be targeted in a different manner. Only a fraction of climate finance goes to adaptation. And while nearly half of this targets a major adaptation priority—water—it still fails to reach the poorest.

Posted on March 4, 2021


People around the world are more engaged on climate change than ever before. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak we saw huge marches, protests, and coalitions on every single continent. The message of these movements is clear: We must do something. But how do we translate ‘do something’ into tangible policy advice for world leaders?

Posted on February 19, 2021


The Climate Business Index, which is a joint initiative by UNDP and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) encouraging companies to take climate actions, has recently co-organized the regional webinar on ”Building Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future through Green Bonds” under its climate finance training with Asian Development Bank and Climate Bonds Initiative.

Posted on December 16, 2020


The challenges are immense, magnified further by the devastating impacts of COVID-19. More than ever, the international community must work together. There are encouraging signs, from the world’s largest economies to Small Islands Developing States and Least Developed Countries, that remind us of our potential if we accept responsibility and embrace solutions.

Posted on December 11, 2020




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The Bhutan Gender Analysis explores the gender differentiated impacts of climate change by looking at gender inequalities between gender groups, in relation to their access to resources,…


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Kenya undertook an in-depth Gender Analysis to ensure that gender responsive actions are identified, planned, budgeted for and implemented as part of mainstreaming gender into Kenya’s NDC.


Trinidad and Tobago undertook a Gender Analysis to analyze the local context to identify gender issues and opportunities that will support the mainstreaming of gender into climate action.…


Lebanon is seeking to improve the gender responsiveness of its climate policies and climate action through the NDC revision and implementation process. To support this, a Gender Analysis was carried…