We aim to strengthen capacities that foster a green, low-carbon and climate resilient transition, and to strengthen capacities that manage dangerous chemicals and waste in a sound and sustainable manner.

We support the conversation, restoration and safeguarding of the planet for present and future generations, improving the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

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Youth Survey

With the increasingly important role the youth play in climate change action, and their growing representation among UN CC:Learn alumni (48% of UN CC:Learn certificate recipients were under 25 years old), we launched a survey in 7 languages to seek insights into this audience that will help us craft suitable learning initiatives. With over 6,000 submissions, we discovered that 91% believe they are being affected by climate change, while 72% reported that they are already taking steps to help.

E-Learning Courses on Chemicals and Waster Management

In collaboration with the Swedish Government, we launched 5 e-learning courses. Covering areas of waste management and circular economy, and a 4-part series on chemicals control, there courses are free, self-paced and provide a certificate upon completion.

Training on Macroeconomic Modelling for a Green and Fair Economic Transformation for UN RCO Economists

As part of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy, we conducted extensive training on macroeconomic modelling for a green and fair economic transformation, as part of a global training training package. In collaboration with the United Nations Development Coordination Office, we organized a 2-day introductory training on macroeconomic modelling for a green and fair economic transformation for UN Resident Coordinator Office economists.

“Every household has electronic devices. Today’s devices are tomorrow’s e-waste. Therefore, proper disposal of electronic devices is a must.” - Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India Alongside the Global E-waste Monitor.

Every year, millions of tons of electronic waste (e-waste) are generated globally. This staggering number, of often improperly discarded electronic products, has serious consequences for the environment, biodiversity, and people’s health. So, what can be done to address this problem? First, we need to understand it. Against this backdrop, the UNITAR Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme has been raising awareness of this problem and helping policymakers and industry leaders seize the opportunity that tackling e-waste can have.

Beneficiary Highlight

Asha Alexander - United Arab Emirates

“Unleashing knowledge and creativity of teachers and students unlocks a golden opportunity for global leadership and climate change mobilization.”

Asha Alexander

United Arab Emirates

Beneficiary Highlight

Mamunur Rahman - Bangladesh

“I was deeply motivated to address a serious issue in my country, impacting the health and self-esteem of millions of women.”

Mamunur Rahman