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UNU and Climate Change

UNU and Climate Change

The United Nations University (UNU), with its dual identity as both a United Nations organization and a high-level research and teaching institution, is playing a key role in the global climate change response.

As an independent think tank, UNU provides the policy makers of today with accurate, unbiased scientific knowledge to help formulate sound principles, policies and programmes to deal with, for instance, issues of environmentally induced migration and social vulnerability.

As a postgraduate teaching institution, UNU helps the leaders of tomorrow gain the skills and knowledge they will need to confront such diverse hazards as extreme weather events, rising sea levels, water scarcity, desertification, land degradation, and loss of biodiversity — all of which are exacerbated by climate change.

In its capacity building activities, UNU provides localized, advanced training about adaptation and mitigation techniques to practitioners, policy makers and educators.

Selected Publications

UNU Press

Climate Change and Global SustainabilityClimate Change and Global Sustainability: A Holistic Approach (2011)
Edited by Yasuko Kameyama, Agus P. Sari, Moekti H. Soejahmoen and Norichika Kanie

Because climate change involves a wide range of interlinked problems, solutions must be pursued in an interdisciplinary manner. This book adopts just such a holistic approach in examining various aspects of global warming, and offers readers a comprehensive overview.


Heads Up!Heads Up! Early Warning Systems for Climate, Water and Weather-Related Hazards (2010)
Michael H Glantz

With contributions from an international team of scientists, this books provides a useful review of early warning systems in operation today, while exploring a range of hazards including hurricanes, heat waves, floods, droughts, tsunami and volcanoes.

Climate Change in AsiaClimate Change in Asia: Perspectives on the Future Climate Regime (2008)
Edited by Akimasa Sumi, Nobuo Mimura and Toshihiko Masui

Countries in Asia have particularly high stakes in the intense and growing international debate over the future climate change regime.


UNU Traditional Knowledge Initiative

"Advance Guard": Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, Mitigation and Indigenous Peoples - A Compendium of Case Studies (2010)
Kirsty Galloway McLean

A wide-ranging overview of more than 400 projects, case studies and research activities specifically related to climate change and Indigenous Peoples. It provides a sketch of the climate and environmental changes, local observations and impacts being felt by communities in different regions, and outlines various adaptation and mitigation strategies that are currently being implemented by Indigenous Peoples – the world’s “advance guard” of climate change – as they use their traditional knowledge and survival skills to trial adaptive responses to change.

Climate Change in Northern Australia - Health, Adaptation, Fire Management and Global Relevance
Edited by Kirsty Galloway McLean (2009)

Proceedings of the International Public Forum on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change - The Tropical Australian Experience. Speakers were invited to share case studies on practical experiences, particularly focussing on the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples and adaptation, mitigation and opportunities for carbon projects. This was followed by a panel discussion featuring several international experts in order to relate the Australian experience with experiences worldwide.

Report of the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change (2009)
Edited by Kirsty Galloway McLean, Ame Ramos-Castillo, Tony Gross, Sam Johnston, Marjo Vierros and Rahera Noa

Over 400 indigenous people from 80 countries attended the summit, the first such meeting on climate change focused entirely on Indigenous Peoples. Each of the regions provided a report on the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples in their region, successful adaptation strategies being employed, and recommendations for future action. Briefings were provided on international processes by various UN bodies, and panel discussions were held with non-governmental organizations, donors and the private sector. This comprehensive meeting report documents the various thematic sessions, regional reports, presentations, and discussions over the course of the summit.

A Guide to Emissions Trading, Carbon Financing and Indigenous Peoples (2008)

A short guide for indigenous land managers and those who work with indigenous communities on climate change, and to ‘market’ and financial mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, often referred to as the carbon market, emissions trading and/or carbon financing.


UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security

Intersections 5Control, Adapt or Flee: How to Face Environmental Migration? (2007)
Fabrice Renaud, Janos J. Bogardi, Olivia Dun and Koko Warner

Part of the UNU-EHS InterSecTions series, this issue explores an issue where "the interlinkage of environment and human security is nowhere else more pronounced."



Biodiversity Conservation and Response to Climate Variability at Community Level (2010)
IUCN Bangladesh, UNEP, UNU

The case studies compiled in this publication highlight five different aspects of biodiversity conservation and climate variability adaptation, mainly focusing on agriculture practices, and forest resource management. The aim of conducting this case studies was to support better implementation of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Article concerning Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) issues and also UNFCCC provision as indicated in the Bangladesh National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA).

GIEC: Working PaperInnovative Climate Change Communication – Team Minus 6%
Chun Knee Tan, Akinori Ogawa and Takashi Matsumura

This working paper is highlighting the importance of effective communication strategies to increase the public awareness on climate change issues. The study was focused basically on the climate change campaign strategies at developed countries, in particularly Japanese “Team Minus 6%” campaign. Successful climate change campaign is attributed to its communication strategies and attractive content. The lesson learned from successful campaign can help to duplicate the experience at other part of the world.

Selected Courses

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