UN Climate Change Launches Revamped Portal to Empower Countries in Tackling Climate Change

Bingkai Karya – New online platform offers resources and support for developing nations to build capacity and meet climate goals.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has launched a revamped Capacity-building Portal as part of its ongoing commitment to empowering developing countries in addressing climate challenges. This online platform, available in English and Spanish with more UN languages to come, provides a central hub for diverse resources aimed at enhancing the capacity of these nations to combat climate change.

More than just a resource library, the portal actively fosters collaboration by welcoming contributions from various stakeholders. This allows for the gathering of a comprehensive range of materials, both internal and external, related to capacity-building initiatives.

“UN Climate Change will be stepping up to help coordinate the support available for countries to build the capacity needed to deliver on their climate commitments,” said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell. He emphasizes the importance of collaboration, highlighting the intention to work with “all those active in this space.”

The launch of the portal builds upon a series of successful capacity-building activities undertaken by the UNFCCC in 2023. These activities aimed to equip stakeholders with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate climate policy complexities, promote sustainable development, and achieve the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.

Key highlights of the UNFCCC’s 2023 capacity-building efforts include:

  • Regional Climate Weeks: The Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) facilitated regional dialogues to enhance countries’ abilities to strengthen their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).
  • Durban Forum on Capacity-building: This forum provided a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration on implementing effective capacity-building activities for adaptation.
  • Technical Sessions: The PCCB organized sessions focusing on youth capacity development, women’s empowerment, and greening technical education in support of a just transition.
  • Youth4Capacity program: This program provided capacity-building sessions and webinars specifically targeting young people, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to accelerate progress and innovation in climate action.

The importance of capacity-building was further emphasized by Haya Aseer, from the Arab Youth Centre, who stated: “We cannot solve tomorrow’s challenges with yesterday’s solutions… It’s very important that we make sure we are incorporating capacity-building in these conferences.”

Building upon these efforts, the PCCB identified capacity-building support for adaptation, particularly addressing finance gaps for NAPs, as a key focus area for 2024. By fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing among stakeholders, the UNFCCC aims to empower developing countries, safeguard vulnerable communities, and build a more resilient future for all.

Source: United Nation Climate Change 


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