Message from the UNDP

Partnerships are crucial in the fight against climate change.

They are also the only way in which countries, development agencies, businesses, scientists, and other stakeholders can achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda to cap global warming temperatures by 2030, and entrench climate-friendly practices.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is supporting countries by assisting in the development of strong policies, partnerships, and skills. We are working with governments and communities to promote innovation and assist individuals and businesses to retool, reskill and build forward better to create more resilient nations.

As such, education is critical and Universities play a direct role not only in research, but also in bridging the gaps in education and accelerating capacity building. Recognising the massive effects climate change has on the Caribbean and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), UNDP has partnered with The University of the West Undies (UWI) to drive climate change solutions for the region.

As knowledge resources; universities have been making tangible contributions to research, innovation, and partnerships that drive climate change solutions.

Through research that impacts global insight policies, The University of the West Indies supports UNDP’s mandate to integrate climate risks into national and sub-national development planning, and provide long-term support to countries in the pursuit of carbon-neutral and sustainable economies.

The United Nations (UN) has amassed a sizeable body of research through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN’s body for assessing the science related to climate change. Numerous UWI scientists have contributed to this body of research, continuing the institution’s efforts to provide reliable climate change insights and solutions.

Our partnership with The UWI supports our aim of promoting technical and investment cooperation among nations and advocates for change, and connecting countries to the knowledge, experience and resources that help people to build better lives.

We have seen the devastating effects of strong hurricanes and other natural disasters. With our increasing emphasis on assisting the most vulnerable and least developed countries, the Caribbean is a focal point in our fight against climate change and global warming.

The UWI and UNDP have partnered, not just in the realm of research, but also on projects such as the UWI-UNDP Public Policy Think Tank for a Blue Economy – the first of its kind in the region.

Our work, with stakeholders such as The UWI, complements work done with and by other international development agencies, donors, civil society, national governments and local stakeholders.

Turning stakeholders’ climate goals into action is the axis for all of our partnerships.

Like The University of the West Indies, UNDP is focussed on creating a culture of resilience to climate change impacts.