The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Advancing climate action. Building resilience.
The decisions we make today will impact generations to come. It’s critical we get it right.
Climate change is impacting communities in every country, across every continent. Rising sea levels. Extreme weather events. Disrupted economies. Food and water insecurity. Resource scarcity. Conflict.
Yet global efforts to combat climate change and achieve sustainable development are falling short. The dangerous effects of climate change will continue to have extreme impacts on all people, but especially women and marginalized groups – including indigenous peoples, people living in poverty and persons with disabilities.
We believe quality infrastructure and improved procurement processes are central to combating climate change and are key to climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Greener supply chains can help protect natural resources. Greater effectiveness in public spending can increase resilience to shocks from a changing climate. And the lasting power of infrastructure can help us achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs by improving the way it is planned, delivered and managed.
Our latest report – Inclusive infrastructure for climate action – paves a path towards responding to the climate crisis and building a sustainable future that leaves no one behind. Featuring expert insights, it calls for an approach to infrastructure that identifies and responds to marginalization, socio-economic inequalities and climate vulnerabilities.
With a pressing need to adapt to a changing climate, we have a unique opportunity to make the right decisions. But the clock is ticking.
On the ground
On the ground
Around the world we're working with partners on projects that help tackle some of the biggest challenges posed by climate change, providing our expertise and experience in delivering resilient infrastructure, sustainable procurement and more.
As implementers, UNOPS, as part of the UN, is supporting countries to combat climate change through our expertise in infrastructure, procurement and project management services. We are committed to strengthening our capacity in a more systematic way, by investing in our methods and leveraging the knowledge and expertise that exists across the entire UNOPS portfolio.
Explore how we’re helping build resilience to climate change
To mitigate the global impacts of climate change and deliver on the 2030 Agenda, partnership and collaboration are critical. Explore some of the different initiatives we're supporting below.
From the farms of Niger to the peatlands of Indonesia, watch how we’re helping build a more resilient future, together with partners.
- Building resilience to rising sea levels in Tanzania
UNOPS is working with the government of Tanzania to help increase the resilience of coastal areas against the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels by building 1000s of metres of sea defence walls.
- At the water’s edge
Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns on the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have brought the issue of climate change very much to the forefront of the islanders’ minds. With partners, we’re helping them adapt through resilient infrastructure.
- Protecting Guinea’s forests
Together with the European Union, we’re supporting Guinea's eco-guards who are on the front line of conservation and protecting the country’s rich biodiversity.
- Restoring Indonesian peatlands
Massive fires have put Indonesia’s tropical peatlands at risk. Discover how UNOPS is working with the government of Indonesia to restore them and protect one of nature’s most effective ways of removing carbon.
- Better prospects for Niger’s farmers
Greater support for farmers in Niger is helping to improve food security, boost local economies and make communities more resilient.
- Building a resilient future
Never has there been a more critical moment to come together to stand up in the face of climate change. Around the world, we're supporting partners' efforts to build resilience and advance climate action.
- Inclusive infrastructure for climate action
Climate change will continue to have extreme impacts on all people, but especially women and marginalized groups. This report explores how infrastructure can help meet people’s needs while responding to the climate crisis.