UN Climate Change Organizations and Programs


LINKS to UN Organizations and Programs

HERE is the link to the Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change, including links to the UN Partners on Climate Change. This includes the IPCC, UNEP, WMO, UNFCCC, and UNDP.


IPCC = Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

UNEP = United Nations Environment Programme

WMO = World Meteorological Organization

UNFCCC = United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNDP = United Nations Development Program




HERE is more information on this Climate Portal on the negotiating process for climate talks.

HERE is the "Bali Road Map" documentation, and HERE is a summary description.

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UN Commission for Sustainable Development - Climate Change

The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit. The CSD is part of the Division for Sustainable Development, which is part of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the UN. 

For more on UN Sustainable Development, including history, see HERE.

The CSD was generally charged with implementing Agenda 21 and keeping Agenda 21 under review. See HERE.

The Commission for Sustainable Development has held many events on climate change, including the 15th CSD.

CSD18 and CSD19

Themes of the CSD 18  and CSD19 had some overlap with climate, especially transport  and a 10-year framework of programs on sustainable consumption and production.

CSD is now replaced by the "High Level Political Forum"

See HERE. Here is a video by the iisd:

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NGOs at the UN, CoNGO, and Climate Change

NGO means "Non-Governmental Organization". Many NGOs at the UN have "Consultative Status" with the UN Economic and Social Council ECOSOC. Many NGOs are active in climate change. 


The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGOis an independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have consultative status with ECOSOC.

HERE is the CoNGO statement on climate change.

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Committee on Sustainable Development - (Conference of NGOs, NY)

One UN organization active in climate change is the Committee on Sustainable Development CoNGO NY, whose members are NGOs. This committee produced the one-page document  "Climate Change: A Discussion Paper".  This paper was supported by over 100 NGOs. Many NGOs contributed content. A representative of the CoNGO CSD (NY) Executive Committee presented it at the 2009 CoNGO Vienna Board meeting, and it was on the CoNGO website. The paper was hand-delivered to leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference COP15, and distributed to UN missions in NY.  It was presented at the Klimaforum, a parallel climate conference to the main COP15 Copenhagen conference. See the Copenhagen blog.

The paper has been slightly revised and distributed at subsequent COP Climate Conferences; distribution has included the the UNFCCC Government Parties and Observer States list, the UNFCCC Civil Society list, and the CoNGO membership of NGOs. The subsequent COP conferences were

Here is a video of Jan Dash (editor) explaining the Doha statement at a CSD meeting:



CSD_CoNGO Climate Change Paper Warsaw 2013 Final

Some CoNGO CSD (NY) NGO members have given presentations in Commission for Sustainable Development meetings.

HERE is the paper by the CoNGO CSD, "Earth Summit Rio+20". Minutes of the CoNGO CSD (NY) meetings are HERE. The two URLs with CSD information are:  https://sites.google.com/site/csdngounnyc/announcements
 &  https://sites.google.com/site/csdngounnyc/documents

Here are CoNGO CSD (NY) members at the Copenhagen conference with the President of CoNGO:

There used to be a separate Climate Change Working Group of CoNGO CSD (NY) with different activities and unconnected with the CSD Climate Statement, but meetings of this group have ceased. 

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