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.

UNOPS at COP26

COP26, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland from 31 October to 12 November 2021, brings parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Together with the New York Times, UNOPS will co-host a special side event focused on the role resilient and sustainable infrastructure will play in helping to tackle the climate crisis. Find out more by visiting the New York Times Climate Hub.

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. We need urgent action, new partnerships and ambitious ideas.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called the findings of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, “a code red for humanity.”

We believe infrastructure is central to addressing climate change and is key to climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. The infrastructure decisions made today will impact generations to come because it’s built to last. But without radical change to how infrastructure is planned, delivered and managed, we will not achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

As countries begin to plan for a post-COVID-19 recovery, we have a unique opportunity to make the right infrastructure decisions. Across the globe, UNOPS is supporting governments and partners to plan for a low-emission, resilient world – by changing the way infrastructure is planned, driving climate-conscious public procurement models, mobilizing financing and helping to build a future that is more sustainable nor inclusive for all.

Explore our latest news, stories and ideas from around the globe.

We live in a unique time facing a unique set of challenges, from a pandemic with devastating consequences, to the existential threat of a changing climate. Our experience shows if we are to survive and thrive, it is important to act together.

Grete Faremo - UNOPS Executive Director

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On the ground


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Did you know?

Research conducted by the University of Oxford and UNOPS has found that infrastructure projects affect 92 per cent of targets across all the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more.

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.

We face an uncertain future, impacted by a changing climate and pandemics, but we have a unique opportunity to get it right, if we act now.

Nick O'Regan - UNOPS Director of Implementation Practices and Standards

10 ways we’re helping build resilience to climate change around the world

Initiatives


Initiatives

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.

  • Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT)

    ICAT works to provide policymakers around the world with tools and support to measure and assess the impacts of their climate actions. The initiative, managed by UNOPS, was founded to respond to the critical need to support improved transparency and capacity building under the Paris Agreement.

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  • South East Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP)

    The ETP is a multi-stakeholder platform that aims to accelerate energy transition in Southeast Asia and deliver the Paris Agreement targets on climate change by bringing together government, donors, philanthropies and partner governments.

    Find out more

  • Climate Vulnerable Forum & Vulnerable Twenty Joint Multi-Donor Fund

    We’re proud to support the Climate Vulnerable Forum and Vulnerable Twenty Joint Multi-Donor Fund to help build stronger, climate-resilient and low carbon economies, as our world recovers from this pandemic.

    Read more about the V20 Group

  • Water and energy cluster

    To support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, UNOPS Water and Energy Cluster supports projects in the areas of transboundary water management, integrated water resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and environmental conservation.

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