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A bold and ambitious global climate agreement in Paris could launch a new era of sustainable development.
In December 2015, the international community will convene in Paris to agree to a new global climate change deal. An ambitious outcome in Paris will accelerate opportunities for climate change action in developing countries and be an important pillar in the post-2015 era of sustainable development. The Paris Agreement has the potential to galvanize countries and communities to act – simultaneously working to reduce carbon emissions while adapting to the long-term impacts of climate change.
We must act now
For many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, climate change is already a threat to their daily lives and livelihoods. In arid regions, prolonged droughts force women and children to seek out water far from home; in Small Island States, rising waters threaten the coastlines and livelihoods of exposed communities.
We must act now to safeguard development for the poor and the vulnerable, and put countries on a road to a safer climate and a sustainable future.
UNDP, a partner for success in Paris
With a portfolio of climate change projects in over 140 countries totaling US$1.4 billion in grant funding, UNDP is well positioned to support partner countries in the lead up to Paris and beyond.
In the lead-up to Paris, we are supporting countries to develop and finalize their respective targets and individual contributions and actions that will form part of the Paris agreement. We also help developing countries to participate and engage in the negotiation process.
To implement action on the ground, we partner with countries to deliver support through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Adaptation Fund, as well as other partners. We are currently approved to be accredited to the Green Climate Fund, the new fund to support climate change action at country level.
Challenges and opportunities
Through its large portfolio, UNDP is able to leverage its extensive global network of climate expertise to support countries in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, investing in clean energy solutions, and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
Effective climate action will not only protect and maintain our ecosystems but can also spur economic growth, enhance the ability of countries and communities to cope with the impacts of climate change and encourage more sustainable development pathways. The stories presented here offer some insight into those challenges and opportunities, as well as the work being undertaken by UNDP in assisting countries around the world.
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