Call for Action: UN Climate Change Partnerships 2021 – 2022

By April 9, 2021 April 13th, 2021 Capacity Development Initiatives, News

As temperatures continue to rise at an alarming rate, the impacts of climate change are progressively threatening lives and livelihoods around the world. The recovery from COVID-19 offers countries an opportunity to reorient policies and plans in such a way as to build a greener, cleaner, healthier and more resilient world – and emerge from the pandemic with transformative climate action. The Paris Agreement provides the path forward.

UN Climate Change seeks to engage with all non-Party stakeholders such as subnational governments, cities, states, foundations, NGOs, civil society, multilateral organizations and the private sector. Non-Party stakeholders play a crucial role in supporting the work of UN Climate Change. With their support, we can accelerate climate action and speed up the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. UN Climate Change is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. UN Climate Change is keen to partner with non-Party stakeholders to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Background information on UN Climate Change Conferences

UN Climate Change conferences more commonly known as the Conference of Parties (COP) are held annually and bring together around 30,000 participants to negotiate policies, take stock of and celebrate commitments, highlight and catalyze action by non-Party actors, expand the network of coalitions and partnerships and inspire others. Additionally, the UN Climate Change annually hosts the Subsidiary Body meetings (SBs) and the Regional Climate Weeks.

The upcoming COP26 Climate Change Conference, happening in Glasgow, Scotland between 1 and 12 November 2021, will bring together participants to agree on coordinated action addressing climate change. Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic the COP this year may incorporate a physical and virtual component.

Before the COP26, there is the annual mid-year UN climate change meeting (the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice). This is an important milestone for Parties to advance discussions in preparation for COP26.

Furthermore, UN Climate Change organizes annual Regional Climate Weeks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, in Africa, in Latin America and the Caribbean and in Asia-Pacific. The Regional Climate Weeks are unique collaborative platforms where both governments and non-governmental organizations stakeholders gather to address all relevant climate issues under one umbrella.

Opportunities for Partnerships

UN Climate Change seeks to engage in mutually beneficial partnerships with non-Party stakeholders. Any voluntary financial or in-kind contribution, in the form of expertise, materials and innovative solutions will increase our capacity and resources to support developing countries to undertake the transformation required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, carry out strategic outreach to promote climate action and to deploy technology and innovation.

Scope of the Intended Partnerships

Interested parties can support the work of UN Climate Change in pursuing the Paris Agreement goals by:

  1. Participating in UN Climate Change events by being featured as an official UN Climate Change partner at the COP26 climate change conference, the meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies, Regional Climate Weeks and other climate events throughout the year.
  2. Supporting ongoing UN Climate Change programmes by sponsoring our UN Climate Change activities and Global Climate Action.
  3. Social engagement through climate education for your organization through accessing climate change learning resources and expertise offered by One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership.
  4. Showcasing thought leadership and climate action by joining UN Climate Change in raising awareness of climate neutrality among the global community.
  5. Collaborating on joint strategic initiatives with UN Climate Change by being part of transformative projects.

See how partners have collaborated with UN Climate Change in support of the goals of the Paris Agreement during COP25 in Madrid. The secretariat also welcomes multi-year partnerships upon mutual agreement by UN Climate Change and the partner(s). UN Climate Change would like to hear your proposal for partnership. For more information please visit the How to Partner section on the UNFCCC website.