UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization



UNESCO Climate Change Initiative

    Launched in 2009, the Initiative is designed to support the implementation of the UNESCO Climate Change Strategy, combines climate change mitigation and adaptation with the promotion of green economies, and is based on four interdisciplinary key areas:

    • Climate Science and Knowledge

    • Climate Change Education in the Overall Context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

    • Climate Change, Culture and Biological Diversity and Cultural Heritage

    • Climate Change, Ethics, Social and Human Sciences Dimensions

    The Initiative is concentrated around the development of a limited number of integrated flagship measures:

    • Science-based UNESCO Climate Change Adaptation Forum

      The objective of this forum is to inform public and private sector stakeholders in agriculture, fisheries (including aquaculture), forestry, alternative energy, fresh water, oceanography and environmental sciences, and coastal services of the longer-term climate projections and their potential impacts.

    • Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development

      Children today are taking an active role as climate-change aware citizens. Helping young people understand, address and adapt to the impact of global warming is one of the best means of encouraging changes in attitudes and behaviours needed to put our world on a more sustainable development path.

    • Global Climate Change Field Observatory of UNESCO Sites

      This Observatory uses UNESCO World Heritage Sites and biosphere reserves as reference sites for understanding the impacts of climate change on human societies and cultural diversity, biodiversity and ecosystems services, the world’s natural and cultural heritage, and the possible adaptation and mitigation strategies, such as in relation to REDD+.


    • Research Programme on the Social, Human, Ethical and Gender Dimensions of Climate Change

      This programme focuses in particular on the design and implementation of appropriate climate change adaptation actions benefiting the most vulnerable and related to the cross-cutting issues of energy, water and biosphere management.

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