United Nations Joint Programme on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

About the Project

As part of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), and within the context of delivering as “One UN”, the United Nations in Zambia developed the Joint Programme on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR), whose objective is to improve institutional and individual capacities at national and local levels for an effective multi-sectoral and multi-level response to climate change. The Joint Programme brings together seven agencies (FAO, UNDP, UNIDO, WFP, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF and the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) that have complimentary competencies necessary for supporting efforts addressing aspects of various responses to the climate change challenge in the country.

 Partners: The main partners for the Joint Programme include the Ministry of Local Government, and Housing; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock; Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection; Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development; Ministry of Transport, Communications, Works and Supply (Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD)), Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Ministry of Gender and Child Development and the Office of the Vice President (Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU)). Others are local communities in selected sites and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) such as the Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN), International organizations  such as CIFOR, and from the private sector - Lloyds Financials and the African Carbon Credit Exchange.


Accomplishments: The UN Joint Programme on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction which is coordinated by UNDP has been instrumental in supporting Government in the implementation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)-funded adaptation project in the agricultural sector, the development of the draft National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) towards the ongoing development of the draft National Policy on Climate Change. The programme has also raised awareness on climate change issues  especially among the youths through the Climate Change Youth Ambassadors programme

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Start Date/Period
September 2012
End Date/Period
December 2015
Implementing partner
Ministry of Finance
Budgeted Cost
US$ 20,150,500
Project Summary
The Joint Programme focuses on improving governance for effective response to climate change at national level, but it will seek to improve service delivery at different levels in order to ensure long-term sustainability of its results. At local level, the Joint Programme will for example promote water supply to poor rural communities, low-cost, energy-efficient technologies in agriculture and the use of renewable energy sources such as solar for lighting and heating. Certain interventions may also be targeted at specific geographical areas or populations due to the cross-sectoral nature of climate change, as a higher impact will be achieved by targeting the combined efforts of different institutions towards the same population, with each bringing their own comparative advantage. Furthermore, the Joint Programme will build upon interventions already underway in various parts of the country