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This guidance note provides methodological and organizational guidance to countries interested in taking a strategic approach to climate change learning and skills development. In particular, it lays out the process of developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development - or short “National Climate Change Learning Strategy” - through cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration, and with engagement of national education and training institutions. The Guidance Note has been developed as part of the UN CC:Learn pilot implementation phase (2011-2013), with valuable input from members of the UN CC:Learn Steering Group and discussions at several international and regional meetings/workshops. It builds on the experiences of five national pilot projects to “Strengthen Human Resource Capacities and Skills to Address Climate Change”. The five pilot countries are Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda. This Guidance Note responds both to the UNFCCC Doha Work Programme which mandates States to prepare a national strategy on Article 6 of the Convention (which deals with climate change education, training and public awareness-raising) and to the request of more than 40 countries which have expressed interest in developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy.

Potential users include:Decision-makers in government interested in understanding the process and benefits of developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy;Technical staff in Ministries or other institutions responsible for organizing the process of developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy;Representatives of education and training institutions and non-governmental organizations involved in the development and implementation of a National Climate Change Learning Strategy;Representatives of the private sector (e.g. employers’ organizations and trade unions);Interested citizens. The Guidance Note is structured as follows: 1.      Why Develop a Climate Change Learning Strategy: The first chapter presents a conceptual framework for the development of a National Climate Change Learning Strategy, looks at specific objectives of the Strategy and proposes principles for the Strategy development process. It also provides background information on relevant international initiatives and frameworks. 2.      Main steps in Developing a Climate Change Learning Strategy: This chapter explains the process of developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy and provides suggestions for the structure and content of the document. 3.      Practical Guide: The final part suggests specific activities, as well as logistical and organizational considerations that can facilitate the development of a Climate Change Learning Strategy. Users are encouraged to consider the suggestions provided in this note, taking into account national needs and circumstances. The Guidance Note focuses on the national scale, but the methodologies proposed can be adapted for regional and local levels also.

Product Type
Knowledge & Learning
Focus Area
Climate Resilient Development
Low Carbon Development
Scope / Extension
Methodological Steps
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
English, French, Spanish
e-Learning available
e-Learning available
Facilitated Learning Avalable
Facilitated Learning Avalable