A Platform for the Alliance of Climate-Friendly Communities through South-South Cooperation

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In order to address climate change, the UN Secretariat (EOSG) and UNDP China jointly spearheaded an initiative that identifies innovative approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation through the establishment of a platform for the Alliance of Climate-Friendly Communities through South-South cooperation. The main purpose of the Southern Alliance of Climate Friendly Communities is to bring together potential south-south cooperation partners such that they can share and learn good development practice approaches.

Climate Action , Partnerships for the Goals , Build capacity for climate change planning, management , Promote learning on environmentally sound technologies

From devastating flash floods to severe droughts, climate change is upon us. It is being felt across the globe, and its impact strike a blow to human and social development - often hitting the poorest and most poverty-stricken populations on earth.

The Southern Alliance of Climate Friendly Communities facilitates the discussion of trends and SSC approaches for climate change mitigation and adaptation in the context of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, with special attention to the needs and demands of developing countries and communities. The platform is considered to be a mechanism to identify new partner countries and good practices for pilot communities. In addition, the project aims to leverage funding from donors and the government of China.  

The first platform meeting in September 2016 brought together experts from UN, UNDP and NDRC, and delegates from 9 developing countries to discuss demand and potential support on low-carbon communities and climate change solutions. The purpose of the workshop was to match country demands for cooperation with support options through south-south cooperation in combating climate change, especially in designing and implementing low-carbon pilots. Proposals were presented that seek to create climate-friendly solutions for communities in areas such as education, healthcare, agriculture, energy efficient community initiatives and with a strong value for scaling up and sharing across countries. The main output of the workshop was the presentation of project proposals by the delegates.  

The main partners for this project are developing countries that need potential support on low-carbon communities and climate change solutions. In this case, the following nine countries are initially involved at the current stage Bangladesh, Ecuador, Guinea, Jamaica, Mongolia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Also, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC, planning commission in China) and Executive Office of Secretary-General (UNEOSG) provided support towards the initiative.

China , Bangladesh , Ecuador , Guinea , Jamaica , Mongolia , Seychelles , Sri Lanka , Tanzania , Zimbabwe

UNDP , National Development and Reform Commission(NDRC) in the People’s Republic of China , UN Executive Office of the Secretary-General

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