Established by

High-Level Committee on Programmes


Sustainable Development/Climate Change/Environment

Year established



Ms. Elena Manaenkova, Assistant Secretary-General of WMO (Chair)

The Working Group on Climate Change was established by HLCP in 2007 with the aim of coordinating system-wide participation in UN climate conferences and to facilitate a coherent approach and joint action of the United Nations system on climate change.

The Working Group promotes programmatic coherence through information and knowledge-sharing, and concrete initiatives aimed at helping Member States in implementing the climate change agenda and streamlining climate-related issues into individual programmatic mandates of United Nations system organizations.

Among the existing WG activities for UN system coordination on climate change are:

  • information and knowledge sharing; joint implementation of climate action;
  • informing CEB members on climate change issues;
  • coordinating the UN position and presence at UNFCCC COP and other relevant fora; and preparing joint outreach and communication tools.

Under the auspices of the WG, several successful joint programming initiatives have been created and are being implemented, including

  • The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS):
  • UN-REDD:
  • UN CC: Learn:
  • Climate Smart Agriculture:
  • Access to Finance.

Programmatic work at the headquarters level is done through the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and is connected to United Nations system activities at the country level through the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the individual United Nations country teams.

The United Nations regional commissions correspondingly work at the regional level, while the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change serves as the link to the global climate change negotiation process.