UN CC:Learn – The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership

Project completed

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of 36 multilateral organizations which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing National Strategies to strengthen human resources and skills to climate resilient development and promotes learning materials including massive open online courses on climate change.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Climate change and environment
Education policy
Energy policy
01.09.2017 - 31.05.2021
CHF  3’900’000

UN CC:Learn is an innovative and unique CC learning platform with 36 multilateral partners working on three inter-linked Programme Areas: i) Knowledge-sharing and management; ii) One UN Climate Change training; iii) Human resources, learning and skills development in partner countries.


To create sustainable individual and institutional capacities, in developing and transition countries, to plan and implement effective climate change actions, with collective and coordinated support from partners.

Target groups

The primary beneficiaries are governments in developing countries committed to taking a strategic approach to cc learning & skills development. A 2nd group are national and regional training & education institutions interested in strengthening their capacities to deliver cc learning. A 3rd group are UN organizations and other development partners to better align their cc capacity development support with clear national priorities. A fourth group is the public at large profiting from the free-of-charge learning products with a special emphasis on youth.

Medium-term outcomes
  1. Provide support to institutions to have stronger capacity to implement NAP* and NDC** related policies and programmes.
  2. Empower people through the participation in UN CC:Learn courses and activities that help change their behaviors and influences their decisions in a way that contributes to effective and appropriate climate change adaptation and/or mitigation.
  3. Facilitate the work of UN Country Teams in partner countries to plan, launch and implement country-driven climate change learning priorities.



Expected results:  

UN CC:Learn’s global learning platform expanded; Suite of high quality learning products tailored to national/regional contexts developed; flagship initiatives raising the visibility of cc education & training up-scaled; national cc learning assessments & strategies developed in line with NDC/NAP priorities; strengthened capacities of national & regional learning institutions to effectively deliver cc learning.

Results from previous phases:  

UN CC Learn has continued supporting the original pilot countries on their climate change learning strategies (Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, Uganda) and expanded to four new countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Niger); it has been able to further develop its free online courses (now available in E, F, Span., Port., Khmer, Thai & Mandarin); so far over 80’000 people have registered and more than 10’000 have successfully completed the training with a certificate.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Coordination with other projects and actors

UN CC:Learn is connected through its host organization UNITAR to all major global initiatives and activities linked to CC learning and awareness raising; it is directly involved in implementing Article 6 (now called ACE – Action for Climate Empowerment) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); UNITAR and its 36 multilateral partners work closely with international and national bi- and multilateral actors at all levels.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’900’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’900’000
Project phases Phase 5 15.09.2021 - 31.12.2025   (Current phase)

Phase 4 01.09.2017 - 31.05.2021   (Completed)

Phase 3 01.03.2014 - 31.08.2017   (Completed)