Educational Initiatives Promote Agricultural, Urban Resilience to Climate Change
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The UNDP and FAO, in partnership with UNITAR, launched a toolkit that helps build climate resilience in agriculture.

ZScore and UN CC:Learn launched a project aiming to increase awareness about climate change issues in the context of urban communities of Rio de Janeiro.

UNITAR and ICDO signed an MoU, undertaking the development and implementation of joint training programmes on DRR, disaster management and urban resilience.

1 March 2018: Several recent initiatives have focused on promoting education on the various aspects of climate change, including adaptation, agriculture and food security, urban resilience, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster management, helping advance SDGs 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 13 (climate action), among others.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in partnership with the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), launched a toolkit that helps build climate resilience in agriculture. The learning materials, originally developed for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture’ that took place during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, address: climate change adaptation, agriculture and food security; international frameworks and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs); climate change risks and impacts; ways to identify and prioritizing climate adaptation options; governance coordination and finance; and communications, monitoring and evaluation.

Training programmes, developed under the MoU between UNITAR and ICDO, will help implement the Sendai Framework for DRR and SDG 11.

The MOOC is part of the joint UNDP-FAO Integrating Agriculture in NAPs (NAP-Ag) Programme, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through its International Climate Initiative (IKI). [Connect4Climate Press Release]

ZScore, leader of a coalition programme of citizens and companies engaged in sustainable development initiatives to combat climate change, and the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) launched a project aiming to increase awareness about climate change issues in the context of urban communities of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The initiative will provide online training on climate change to up to 30 community leaders. [UNITAR Press Release]

UNITAR and the International Civil Defense Organisation (ICDO) signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), undertaking to develop and implement joint training programmes on DRR, disaster management and urban resilience. These initiatives will seek to contribute to implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly SDG 11.

ICDO is an intergovernmental organization working to help create safe zones where civilians, particularly the most vulnerable, can seek refuge during war. [UNITAR Press Release]

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