UN and Philippines Sign Joint Programme to Strengthen the Country’s Adaptation Capacity

UN, Spain, RP sign US$ 8 M climate change programme 6 August 2008: The UN Resident Coordinator for the

Philippines, Nileema Noble, and counterparts in the Philippines Government,

signed a Joint Programme on ‘Strengthening the Philippines' Institutional

Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change,' with a US$8 million grant from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement

Fund (MDG-F).

The participating UN agencies in the Joint Programme are: UN

Development Programme; UN Environment Programme; the Food and Agriculture

Organization; UN Human Settlements Programme; the International Labor

Organization; and the World Health Organization. The Joint Programme aims to:

mainstream climate risk reduction into key national and selected local

development plans and processes; enhance national and local capacity to

develop, manage and administer plans, programmes and projects addressing

climate change risks; and improve coping mechanisms through pilot demonstration

adaptation projects.

It will contribute to the Philippines' efforts towards

attaining the MDGs by enhancing socioeconomic development through reduced

vulnerabilities and showcase innovative best practices on climate change

adaptation. The MDG-F is a global US$700 million funding facility that was

established in December 2006 by the Government of Spain to support programmes

in areas widely acknowledged as central in the achievement of the MDGs and

other internationally agreed goals. [UNDP Philippines press release, 6 August 2008]