Under the leadership of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) initiated a process of aligning its strengths to achieve a coordinated action-oriented approach to the global and multifaceted challenge of climate change. The objective was to intensify the implementation of existing intergovernmental mandates and build on the experience gained in doing so to support the process for a global agreement for the post-2012 period within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
This breadth and unity of United Nations system activities was reflected in several side events at COP 15/CMP5. The side events brought together a number of agencies under thematic focus areas, all demonstrating how the United Nations system stands ready...
The United Nations system, as the most inclusive multilateral institutional framework for policy and action, has an essential role to play in supporting the international community's efforts to combat climate change, especially those of developing countries.
Empowering individuals, communities and countries to cope with climate change impacts, in particular strengthening the adaptive capacity of the poorest, must go hand-in-hand with progress towards sustainable development in all its economic, social and environmental aspects.
This event showcased good practices and resources developed by the system in key areas of adaptation such as integrated land and water management, disaster risk reduction, food security and data collection and analysis within the broader framework of development planning, knowledge sharing and partnership building.