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