13 August 2014 – Investing in ways to adapt to climate change will promote the livelihood of 65 per cent of Africans, the United Nations environmental agency reported, warning also that failing to address the phenomenon could reverse decades of development progress on the continent.
ACAD is a public-private partnership spearheaded by the UN Environment Programme and its Risoe Centre. Formed in late 2009 in cooperation with Standard Bank, ACAD acts as a catalytic platform that provides seed funding and advises green entrepreneurs on how to generate carbon credits and invest in low-carbon initiatives.
The United Nations Environment Programme”s African Rural Energy Enterprise Development Programme (AREED) operates in Africa to develop new sustainable energy enterprises that use clean, efficient, and renewable energy technologies. As a result of the programme, more than 500 entrepreneurs have received enterprise development training to create or improve their businesses.
The Mediterranean Investment Facility (MIF) is an initiative led by the UN Environment Programme with financial backing from the Italian Ministry for Environment Land and Sea. MIF helps establish innovative financing mechanisms to support renewable energy and energy efficiency systems as well as allow end-users to invest in renewable energies. MIF works in concert with electricity utilities, policy makers, technology suppliers, installers and local banks.
UN Women supports indigenous women in advancing their rights by strengthening the institutional capacity of the National Commission for Development of Indigenous Peoples, through a partnership agreement signed in 2008 with the Mexican Government.
UN Women works to strengthen the role of women in disaster risk-reduction and disaster-reduction management. Through the training of women in disaster management, as well as national lobbying, the contribution of women has been recognized and a government decree now gives the Women’s Union an official space in decision-making bodies.
UN Women is working with climate-change and disaster-management professionals across the Pacific by provides training, support and resources to climate-change and disaster-management professionals in the Pacific in order to help them take the differing needs of women and men into account.
Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh is a women-centred initiative that helps communities in Bangladesh adapt to climate change by addressing extreme weather conditions such as cyclones and flooding, as well as the consequence of increased salinity conditions in agriculture in Bangladesh.
To prevent deterioration and destruction further in Haiti’s Grand’Anse, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners launched a project that has improved both nutrition and livelihoods for more than 5,000 of the most vulnerable in the area. The project has provided women with practical hands-on training in homestead food-production techniques, combined with classes that introduce them to the importance of making pro-nutrition decisions about what they plant and feed to their families.
In July 2010, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a project to improve the food security of families, with the support of the Kingdom of Belgium. Four women’s associations and a local NGO – Palestine Tomorrow for Social Development (PTSD) – worked jointly with FAO to support vulnerable urban families, mostly female-headed, to setup small sustainable food production activities, in order to combat poverty and malnutrition and reach self-sufficiency.