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  1. 1. One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change UN CC:Learn Syllabus Introductory e-Learning Course on Climate Change
  2. 2. Table of Contents Background Target Groups and Learning Objectives Course Structure and Content Learning Materials and Activities Completion Requirements and Certificate Technical Requirements Key References Background UN - Secretary - General Ban Kimon has caled climate change the “defining chalenge of our time“ and in many countries the impacts of it are already felt. Athe same time, it istil very dificult for many people not working directly on the subjecto understand the basics of climate change. For example, which gases are actualy contributing to the grenhouse gas efect? Whatemp erature change is projected for this century? How does the international climate change negotiation proces work? What adaptation and mitigation options are available and how to selecthe most adequate ones? Where does the financing come from? This fre-of-charge e-learning course has ben designed in order to provide answers to these and other basic questions about climate change . The course modules have ben developed and per-reviewed through UN C:Learn, a partnership of 3 multilateral organizations w hich suports Member States in designing and implementing results - oriented and sustainable learning to adres climate change (ww.unclearn.org) Target Groups and Learning Objectives The course provides clear,concise and up-to-date information for anybody interested in obtaining a general understanding about climate change. The course should be of particular interesto the folowing audiences: “ Civil servants inational ministries, provincial departments and local authorities ; “ Environmental managers in private sector and civil society organizations
  3. 3. ; “ Faculty, researchers and students ; and “ Interested citizens. After completing the course, participants wil be able to: “ Explain the fundamentals of climate change science. “ Present the international climate change legal and policy framework and explain key isues under negotiation . “ Describe thexpected consequences of climate change and the role of adaptation . “ Provide a rationale for climate change mitigation and propose actions in key sectors . “ Identify main streams of climate change finance. “ Outline basic elements of planing proceses to deliver climate change action . “ Analyse principal chalenges and oportunities for climate change action . Course Structure and Content The course is structured around six modules: 1. Climate Change Science 2. International Legal and Policy Framework for Climate Change 3. Climate Change Adaptation 4. Climate Change Mitigation 5. Climate Change Finance 6. Planing for Climate Change
  4. 4. Module 1: Introduction to Climate Change Science Module 1 provides an introduction to the basics of climate change science . Section 1 provides an overview of key conceptsuch as climate, weather and the grenhouse gas efect. Section 2 loks athe human contribution to climate change and provides an overview of important grenhouse gases and their main sources. Section 3 describesome of the main observed changes in the climate since the industrial revolution. Section 4 presents projected future trends and impacts of climate change on surface temperature, precipitation, ocean pH, sea -level and Arctic sea-icextent . The module concludes with an overview of main sources of scientificlimate information, relevant programes and institutions. Learning Objectives After completing Module 1, participants wil be able to: . Explain the basiconcepts of climate change science . . Identify the anthropogenic drivers of climate change. . Explain observed and projected trends and impacts in the climate. . Analyse diferent climate change scenarios and their implications. Sections 1. Introduction to Climate Change Science 2. Anthropogenic Drivers of Climate Change 3. Observed Trends and Impacts of Climate Change 4. Projected Trends and Impacts of Climate Change 5. Sources of Scientific Data Module 2: Introduction to the International Legal and Policy Framework to Adres Climate Change Module 2 provides an overview of how the internationalegal and policy framework to adres climate change developed over time and points to some of the key isues under negotiation. Section 1 provides a brief history of international climate change negotiations and introduces the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFC). Section 2 presents the key provisions of the UNFCCC, its organisational structure, andiferent Party groups under the Convention. Section 3 presents the Kyoto Protocol and its asociated bodies, as wel as key comitments by Parties. Section 4 provides an overview of mainegotiation isues. Section 5 discuses how the negotiations havevolved over the past years (from a two -
  5. 5. track to a one - track aproach) and highlightsome of the key isues relevant for a future climate change regime. Learning Objectives After completing Module 2, participants wil be able to: . Describe the main aims and provisions of the UNFC and its Kyoto Protocol. . Identify the main organizations and bodies that operate under the UNFC and its Kyoto Protocol.
  6. 6. . Explain why the UNFC and its Kyoto Protocol are importanto developed andeveloping countries. . Analys e key points relevant for a post - 2020 climate change regime. Sections 1. The Climate Change Policy Framework 2. Provisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFC) 3. The Kyoto Protocol 4. Main Isues and Negotiation Streams 5. Towards a Post - 2020 Regime Module 3: Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation Module 3 introduces the concept of climate change adaptation, highlights ways to measure vulnerability, introduces examples of adaptation solutions and sum mariz es how to prepare a planed response. Section 1 provides key definitions and introducesome of thexpected consequences of climate change on key sectors. Section 2 provides a framework for asesing climate vulnerability. Section 3 lists diferent adaptation measures that can be implemented for various vulnerable sectors. Section 4 provides a short introduction to linkages betwen climate change adaptation andevelopment. Section 5 presents a number of important international adaptation initiatives and programes. Learning Objectives After completing Module 3, participants wil be able to: . Explain the importance of adaptation in preparing for and coping with climate change. . Outline key elements of a vulnerability asesment. . Identify adaptation op tions. . Analys e linkages betwen climate change adaptation andevelopment planing.
  7. 7. Sections 1. Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation 2. Conducting a Vulnerability Asesment 3. Identifying and Selecting Adaptation Options 4. Linking Adaptation and Development Pl aning 5. International Initiatives to Suport Climate Change Adaptation Module 4: Introduction to Climate Change Mitigation Module 4 introduces the political contexto grenhouse gas emisions, who the key emiters are and what strategies can be aplied to bring down emisions to safe levels. Section 1 provides key definitions of mitigation and presents an overview of emisions levels and mitigation targets per country. Section 2 explores ways to integrate mitigation into development planing, through low - em ision d evelopment s trategies. Section 3 identifies the main economic sectors where mitigation
  8. 8. actions can be aplied. Section 4 presentsome of the key international mechanisms created to asist countries in planing and implementing mitigation actions. Learning Objectives After completing Module 4, participants wil be able to: . Explain the importance of climate change mitigation and low carbon development. . Describe relevant policy aproaches and strategic frameworks. . Identify key sectors for low carbon development and outline relevant mitigation options. . Define main international mechanisms to suport climate change mitigation and low carbon development. Sections 1. Introduction to Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Development 2. Strategic Frameworks and Policy Aproaches for Mitigation and Low Carbon Development 3. Sectors with High Mitigation Potential 4. International Initiatives to Suport Climate Change Mitigation Module 5: Introduction to Climate Change Finance Module 5 provides the learner with an und erstanding of existing financing flows and future neds, as wel as a basic typology ofinancing sources. Section 1 discuses the diferent meaning s of the term climate finance . Section 2 presents national financing and the centrality of the national budg et in leveraging other sources ofinance, including private sector finance. Section 3 features the major streams of international climate finance. Learning Objectives After completing Module 5, participants wil be able to: . Describe the overalandscape of climate change finance sources. . Identify main elements of national planing for climate finance.
  9. 9. . Define key elements of the international climate change finance architecture. . Analys e chalenges and oportunities for developing countries in terms of ace ssin g and managing climate finance. Sections 1. Introduction to Climate Change Finance 2. National Climate Change Finance 3. International Climate Change Finance Module 6: Introduction to Planing for Climate Change Module 6 provides an overview of planing proceses f o r c l i mat e change . Section 1 provides an overview of diferent di mensions and entry points for climate change planing. Sections 2 and 3 examine the roles of national and sectoral , as wel as sub - national i nstitutions in climate change
  10. 10. p laning . Section 4 explains a five - step methodology for prepari ng a low - emision climate - resilient development strategy. Section 5 presentsome of the main international initiatives to suport climate change planing . Learning Objectives After completing Module 6, participants wil be able to: . Explain why it is importanto integrate climate change into planing proceses in a country . . Explain the roles of national, sub - national and local institutions in planing for climate change . . Analyse the main elements of a recognised climate change planing methodology . . I de ntify international initiatives which suport countries to plan for climate change . Sections 1. Introduction to Climate Change Planing 2. The Role of National a nd Sectoral Institutions i n Climate Change Planing 3. The Role o f Sub - National Institutions i n Climate Change Planing 4. A Methodology
  11. 11. for Climate Change Planing 5. International Initiatives t o Suport Climate Change Planing Learning Materials and Activities E ach Module takes an average of two hours to complete. Modules can be folowed separately or can be taken as a ful course, depending on the interests and the neds of the participant. The modules are designed to be done athe participant’s pace. Al Modules are also available as downloadable power point presentations that can be used for ofline study or for training purposes. The modules also contain a wealth of links totheresources on climate change and are thus a gateway to more in dep th and specific information. A g losary provides definitions of relevant concepts and technical terms. Com pletion Requirements and Certificate A short asesmentest athend of each Module alows participants to verify if the learning objectives have ben achieved. For each asesmen t participants wil be alowed thre atempts. In order to receive a Cert ificate, participants ned to pas the six asesmentests with at least 70%. Technical Requirements Browser: . The course works best with Firefox 3.6 or higher (download for fre at htp:/w.mozila - europe.org/en/firefox ) . The course is also compatible with Gogle Chrome (download for fre at htps:/w.gogle.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/ )
  12. 12. . For technical reasons i t is not recomended to use Internet Explorer . Note JavaScript & Cokies must benabled Software: . Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for fre at htp:/w.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html ). . Adobe Flash Player (download for fre at htp:/get.adobe.com/flashplayer ) . Microsoft Ofice (Windows or Aple version) or Open Ofice (download for fr ee at htp:/w.openofice.org ) Platform : Windows 95, 98, 20, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X Hardware : 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB ofre disk space Modem : 56 K K ey References Cambridge University (2013). Climate Change: Action, Trends and Implications for Busi nes . IISD, UNITAR & UNEP (209). IEA Training Material: Vulnerability and Climate Change Impact Asesment for Adaptation . IPC (2013). Climate Change 2013. The Physical Science Basis - Sumary for Policymakers .
  13. 13. OECD (209): Guidance on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co - operation . UNEP (209). Climate Change Science Compendium UNEP (209). Climate in Peril, a Popular Guide to the L atest IPC R eport . UNEP & UNDP (201). Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planing: A Guide for Practitioners. UNFC . CGE Climate Change Training Materials . UNFC (208). Compendium on Methods and Tols to Evaluate Impacts of , and Vulnerability and Adaptation to , Climate Change . UNFC (206). UNFC H andbok . UNFC & UNEP (202). Climate Change Information K it
  14. 14. . World Bank Report (2012). Turn Down the Heat . World Meteorological Organization (2012). Grenhouse Gas Buletin s .
  15. 15. UN CC: Learn | Fundamentals of Climate Change Science 24 About UN CC:Learn A partnership of 33 multilateral organizations which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing National Strategies to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development - also referred to as climate change learning strategies. During the pilot phase (2011-2013) five countries have prepared learning strategies, including Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda. For further information please contact: uncclearn@unitar.org www.uncclearn.org Funding for the 2011-2013 UN CC:Learn pilot implementation phase is provided by the Government of Switzerland.

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