Partners in the United Nations system

FAO's climate change related activities are embedded in the UN Climate Change Initiative.
The UN Climate Change Gateway provides access to the climate change activitites of all UN agencies.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) supports cooperative action by States to combat climate change and its impacts on humanity and ecosystems. Guided by the Parties to the Convention, it provides organizational support and technical expertise to their negotiations and institutions and facilitate the flow of authoritative information on the implementation of the Convention.

FAO supports UNFCCC and its secretariat through document reviews and technical papers, through active participation in expert groups on the CDM and technology transfer, and through side events synchronized with the negotiations. FAO is working closely with IPCC on forest-related definitions and on forest carbon assessment in the IPCC Good Practice Guidance.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP aims to strengthen the ability of countries to integrate climate change responses into their national development processes, both by helping them to build resilience to a changing climate, and by facilitating a transition towards low carbon societies. Working through the UN Environment Management Group, as well as in cooperation with key countries and other UN bodies, UNEP is promoting carbon neutrality, which it will facilitate through a carbon neutral network.

UNEP also continues to build the case for the wider environmental, social and economic benefits from combating climate change through innovative policy options, pilot projects and creative market mechanisms. Creative markets and financial incentives can play their part in overcoming barriers to low carbon technologies.

Under the principle of common but differentiated responsibility, UNEP encourages the industrialized world to take the lead on climate change mitigation. But UNEP also maintains that the transition to a low carbon society is just as important for developing countries as for developed countries. Tools already exist for a more resource -efficient road to prosperity for the developing world. UNEP’s role is to facilitate the transfer and adoption of the necessary technology and expertise to areas where it is needed.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. Under WMO leadership and within the framework of WMO programmes, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services contribute substantially to the protection of life and property against natural disasters, to safeguarding the environment and to enhancing the economic and social well-being of all sectors of society in areas such as food security, water resources and transport.

WMO promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geophysical observations, as well as the exchange, processing and standardization of related data, and assists technology transfer, training and research. It also fosters collaboration between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its Members and furthers the application of meteorology to public weather services, agriculture, aviation, shipping, the environment, water issues and the mitigation of the impacts of natural disasters.

WMO facilitates the free and unrestricted exchange of data and information, products and services in real- or near-real time on matters relating to safety and security of society, economic welfare and the protection of the environment. It contributes to policy formulation in these areas at national and international levels. In the specific case of weather, climate and water-related hazards.

United Nation’s Developemnt Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is committed to supporting developing countries in responding to climate change concerns as part of their overall sustainable development efforts. UNDP works with developing countries to create integrated solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges, with a primary focus on improving the lives of those living in extreme poverty.

With its widespread country offices, UNDP has established a unique position as a long-term, trusted partner to developing countries and is well-placed to share its sustainable development expertise and provide assistance to national governments in addressing climate change in ways that are compatible with their own particular domestic development and poverty reduction agendas.

Given UNDP’s focus on poverty alleviation, and the disproportionate impacts of climate change on the poorest countries, it is most important for UNDP to work with developing countries on adopting climate change adaptation and mitigation measures that reduce the vulnerability of the poor and expand opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.

World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. Operations aim to: (1) Save lives in refugee crisis and other emergencies; (2) Improve nutrition and quality of life of world’s most vulnerable people at critical times in their lives and (3) Enable development by (a) helping people build assets that benefit them directly; (b) promoting the self-reliance of poor people and communities. WFP and FAO carried out several Joint FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Missions in Africa and Asia.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. Seventy-five per cent of the world's poorest people - 800 million women, children and men - live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods. Working with rural poor people, governments, donors, non-governmental organizations and many other partners, IFAD focuses on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing rural poor peoples' access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources.

In response to the growing magnitude of climate change, IFAD is increasingly integrating adaptation into its operations and contributing to mitigation programmes to make them beneficial to poor rural people. By listening to the voices of poor rural people when planning adaptation and mitigation processes, IFAD is working to reduce the risks of climate change, while accelerating progress towards a world without poverty.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

The ISDR aims at building disaster resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development, with the goal of reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to natural hazards and related technological and environmental disasters. The UN/ISDR is the focal point in the UN System to promote links and synergies between, and the coordination of, disaster reduction activities in the socio-economic, humanitarian and development fields, as well as to support policy integration.

The ISDR secretariat is providing information and guidance on disaster risk reduction as a tool to manage climate risks and adapt to climate change, both to inform international policy deliberations and to assist governments and other parties to reduce climate-related vulnerabilities and risk, in line with the Hyogo Framework.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. UNESCAP under the environmental mandate, supports the regional implementation of other major global mandates, particularly the Doha Development Agenda, the Monterrey Consensus, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development for Asia and the Pacific.

The World Bank

World Bank considers that climate change is clearly not just an environmental issue but one with severe socioeconomic implications, particularly in developing countries. Climate change impacts directly on the World Bank's mission of poverty reduction, and has the potential to hamper the achievement of many of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including those on poverty eradication, child mortality, combating malaria and other dieases, and environmental sustainability. Accordingly, the World Bank has developed a 7-point Agenda on Addressing Climate Change:

  • Mainstream adaptation and mitigation into core development work;
  • Provide innovative and concessional financing;
  • Pioneer and advance new market mechanisms;
  • Help create a link for environment to tap the private sector;
  • Support technology development and adoption in developing countries;
  • Support applied research on climate change economics in developing countries; and
  • Contribute to an international regime based on areas 1-6 above.

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

It's a catalyst and a facilitator of global environment sustainability with the core mandate of providing new and additional funding for agreed incremental costs of projects and programs in developing countries that produce global environmental benefits. GEF projects in climate change help developing countries and economies in transition to contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The projects support measures that minimize climate change damage by reducing the risk, or the adverse effects, of climate change.

United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)

Development paths and production and consumption patterns have various impacts on the climate system. Increasingly climate change is being considered in the broader context of sustainable development. The Commission seeks to integrate the climate policies into national development planning and national sustainable development strategies.

The Division for Sustainable Development provides leadership and is an authoritative source of expertise within the United Nations system on sustainable development. It promotes sustainable development as the substantive secretariat to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and through technical cooperation and capacity building at international, regional and national levels.

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

The objectives of the CBD are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

Its principal functions are to prepare for, and service, meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COP) and other subsidiary bodies of the Convention, and to coordinate with other relevant international bodies. As a neutral organization staffed by international civil servants, the Secretariat is accountable to the COP and its subsidiary bodies and carries out those tasks that fall under its associated mandate.

last updated:  Thursday, January 31, 2013