Using the Site

This knowledge platform features several Web 2.0 functionalities that might not be familiar to all visitors to the site. This guidance tries to capture some of the key elements, but please do not hesitate to contact the project team if you have any questions or comments.

Joining the site: In order to take part in groups, receive RSS feeds, or select the language (English, French or Spanish) that you wish to navigate the site in, you will need to become a member. To do so, go to "Join" in the top right-hand corner of the site. Once you have joined, remember to "Sign in" each time you visit the site in order to access all areas of the platform.

Select your language: Once you have signed into the site, you can go to "Edit" in the top right-hand corner of the site to update your profile. In "Common Profile Options", you can select your preferred language - English, French or Spanish. The language you select will remain the default language for navigating the site until you change your preference again.

Join groups: This site features private, invitation-only groups, and open groups. The private groups are for project teams and applications to join must be approved by the group moderator. Open groups have been created around common areas of interest, or you can request a new group to be created by contacting the project team. Once in a Group, there are several features to note:

  • Blogs: News and updates to the site and groups will be posted using the blogs function. You can subscribe to a blog through an RSS feed to make sure you are always up-to-date.
  • Discussions: In this section, you can post a document, question, or comment to obtain feedback from other group members. The discussion will trail in a "thread", which provides an easy visual overview of the discussion.
  • Media: This is a resource section where group members can post documents, links, images, or video. Other group members can rate the documents or add comments.
  • Wikis: Group members can use this function to build up a set of web pages to contribute content to the site. Where the Discussion sessions allows users to see a thread of comments, the Wikis section creates a table of contents.
  • Members: This section allows you to see all members of the site, add a member, or invite a member by email.
  • RSS: (an abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication) is simply a format for publishing frequently updated material - in this case, the blogs of UNDPCC. By subscribing to the RSS feeds on offer, visitors receive timely updates on any changes to our site.
  • Subscribe to group/Unsubscribe to group: Allows you to join or unsubscribe from the currently accessed group.

Tags: Throughout the site, users that post content can also "tag" the content using key words. The more popular a key word, the larger it appears. Clicking on a key word in the "Tags" section brings up all the related information that has been tagged by users.

RSS feed: RSS (an abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication) is simply a format for publishing frequently updated material - in this case, the blogs of UNDPCC. By subscribing to the RSS feeds on offer, visitors receive timely updates on any changes to our site. To subscribe, access the What's New? section, choose your language, and subscribe in the right hand menu under "Notifications."

Atom: This is simply an alternative to the RSS feed that provides exactly the same service.

Publications database: The database contains more than 600 documents that are searchable by language, keyword, year and type of publication, and country. Visitors are invited to upload documents to the database. Please be sure to include relevant key words to make it easier to search for the document in the database.


How do I search for a document that I want in the Publications Database?

The Publications Database section of the site contains a multilingual library of hundreds of documents concerning a vast array of topics and knowledge pertinent to climate change issues. You can search this database by key words, language, type of publication, country, and year of publication. Use more than one key word to narrow your search (e.g., adaptation, water). You are also able to narrow your search using multiple parameters e.g. selecting key words adaptation and water, selecting the French language, and selecting the year 2009.

How do I upload a document to the Publications Database?

We invite you to help build knowledge of the site by submitting your own relevant publication and uploading them yourself. Please note that we are actively seeking documents in all languages, which means you can fill out the "Submit Publication" form entirely in the language of the article (with the exception of providing the Title in English when prompted). To submit a publication, please have on hand:

• The name of the publication

• Title in English

• Language

• Type of Publication

• Author

• Summary

• Keywords

• Related Countries

• Publisher

• Date Published

• The articles' URL or actual document to be uploaded

Because there are hundreds of documents already published to the site, providing succinct keywords are vital for the readers to be able to search the database quickly for your publication. For example, if your publication's title reads "Adaptation of forest ecosystems and the forest sector to climate change", ensure that they keywords you enter are "forestry" and "adaptation".

It is also vital that you include a succinct summary of your publication so that readers can quickly understand its' relevance.

When you are ready to submit your publication and have all relevant information on hand, click the "Submit Publication" button in the "Publications Database." If the documents are under 5 MBs feel free to send them directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You do not need to be a member of the site to post documents to the site. The documents must be approved before being published in the database by the project team so please keep in mind that they will not instantaneously appear on the site.

Helpful Websites

Here you can find information and links to the websites and Organizations carrying wide range of information on the different aspects of climate change. We welcome your suggestions on the new sites to be added to this reference page.

UN and UN Affiliates

Adaptation Learning Mechanism

A knowledge sharing platform developed by UNDP in partnership with the Global Environment Facility, the UNFCCC, the World Bank, and the UNEP. The ALM is drawing from experiences on the ground, featuring tools and practical guidance to meet the needs of developing countries

Food and Agriculture Organization

Information on FAO's climate change activities: numerous publications and other media. Available in English, French and Spanish.

Gateway to the UN System's work on Climate Change

Comprehensive list with links to the United Nations Partners on Climate Change as well as an Online Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Produces assessment reports on the state of knowledge on climate change, as well as other technical reports.

A website endorsed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon which aims to collect 1 million signatures from youth in the final 100 days to COP15. The site also showcases the best solutions videos and encourages youth organizations to sign up and share their work and ideas.

Poverty Networks

Hosted by the UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. An online catalogue of Poverty Networks, which are web-based platforms that share development-related information.

The National Communications Support Programme

Funded by the Global Environment Facility and is jointly managed by UNDP and UNEP. Provides technical and policy support to Parties not included in Annex I (NAI) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for preparing their Second (or Third) National Communications (SNCs or TNCs).

World Meteorological Organization

Promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geophysical observations, and assists technology transfer, training and research.

UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles

Hosted by the UNDP and the School of Geography and Environment at Oxford University. Country-level studies of climate observations and multi-model projections for 52 developing countries.

United Nations Development Programme

Expanded its climate change pages and provides links to its work on adaptation, mitigation, UN-REDD, MDG Carbon Facility, and the Global Environment Facility, among others.

United Nations Environment Programme

Features focus areas of adaptation, mitigation, science, and REDD. Climate resources on the site include publications, graphics, and maps.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Extensive range of materials. Some specific pages of interest include:

Negotiations track submissions from Parties

Methods and science (mitigation)


National Economic, Environment and Development Study (NEEDS) for Climate Change Project

United Nations Institute for Training and Research & Diplo Foundation


Training programmes in diplomacy and climate change negotiations with a special focus on small states.

UN-REDD Programme

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries - an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests. Includes UN-REDD monthly Newsletter

Women's Environment & Development Organization

Launched in 2007, the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (with WEDO, UNEP, UNDP, and IUCN) works to ensure that climate change policies, decision-making, and initiatives at the global, regional and national levels are gender responsive.

World Bank

Provides information on Climate Investment Funds and other WB activities. Also features a Development Report climate blog.



Finnish Institute of International Affairs

The Institute's research focuses on the security implications of climate change, national climate and energy policies and the geopolitical implications these have on international relations as well as international negotiations on a post-Kyoto pact

International Food Policy Research Institute

IFPRI's new climate change webpage focusing on adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.

United States Environmental Protection Agency

EPA's climate change site.


Special Focus Sites

Climate Change Economics

A web clearinghouse of links to documents and websites that make contributions to the discussions over the costs of climate change, adaptation and mitigation alternatives and their costs and benefits, and public policy options for governments pursuing energy efficiencies, alternative energy sources and other responses to the threats of climate change. Aimed primarily at state legislators in the United States.

Climate Change Knowledge Network


Brings together expertise, experience and perspectives from research institutes in developing and developed countries active in the area of climate change.

Climate Compendium

Seeks to channel, condense and consolidate the latest and best information in all fields-political, economic, scientific and legal-into a frequently updated "cyber-briefer". By providing background materials and extensive resource guides, the Climate Compendium intends to provide the best possible "starting point" for people seeking to better understand the issues related to global climate change.

Climate Program Office

Funds high-priority climate research to advance understanding of atmospheric and oceanic processes as well as climate impacts resulting from drought and other stresses. This research is conducted in most regions of the United States and at national and international scales, including in the Arctic.

Environmental Negotiation: Energy + Environment OpenCourseWare

EEOCW's mission is to strengthen energy and environment education, especially in developing countries, by freely distributing course materials and training teachers in developing countries. Climate Diplomat is an 8-person multi-stakeholder negotiation role-play that simulates the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. The materials are based on materials prepared by the UNFCCC Secretariat and submitted by countries to the UNFCCC, observation of country negotiating positions at UNFCCC meetings, interviews with country delegates to the UNFCCC meetings and representatives of environmental non-governmental organizations, and independent research and analysis.

Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development

International legal foundation which provides legal assistance to helping vulnerable countries, communities and campaigners negotiate for fairer international environmental laws.

International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development

The ICEED provides services to national and international organisations, assisting them in developing and managing policies, programmes and projects that combat poverty. The Centre's focus is on designing market and community-based mechanisms in the delivery or rural and renewable energy services to the poor.

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA's vision is of an oil and gas industry that successfully improves its operations and products to meet society's expectations for environmental and social performance. All of IPIECA's Climate Change Working Group's publications, some translated into a number of languages, can be downloaded from the IPIECA website.

Learning for Sustainability

The site highlights the people-centered realities of sustainable development, and puts collaboration, integration and information sharing at the center of development activities. Lessons are drawn across different sectors including agriculture, natural resources management, HIV/AIDS, public health, climate change, disaster management, and conservation.

Middle East and North Africa

The site hosted by the World Bank contains information on ongoing and planned World Bank activities aimed at helping MENA countries enhance their resilience to Climate Change, and move to a low carbon development path

Rural Climate Exchange

This blog hosted by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research generates a wealth of knowledge that can better enable rural people in developing countries to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts.

Special Focus Page

Hosted by the ReliefWeb this page focuses on the Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change

Tiempo Climate Newswatch

1. Access to carefully selected documents, websites and other resources concerned with climate and sustainable development.

2. A weekly on-line magazine with news, features and comment on global warming, climate change, sea-level rise and development issues

CARE International Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN)

1. Community-based adaptation projects toolkit offers a practical 'how-to'guide for practitioners as they go through the project cycle.

2.Integrating climate change into development projects toolkit provides practical assistance for adapting design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation to the challenges posed by climate change.

Latin American Climate Change Platform

Platform on climate change issues with specific focus on Latin America, in Spanish

Colorado Solar

This site offers a portal to explore installers of solar energy, to rate installers based on experiences and to learn how to save money by going solar - in Colorado and beyond.


Websites featuring glossaries of climate terms

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides an extensive list of climate change terms on its website that can be searched by letter. English only. Website link:

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change is a US-based non-profit organsation. You can look up terms by the first letter and then search the entire site for a specific term. Website link:

IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: The main activity of the IPCC is to provide assessment reports of the state of knowledge on climate change at regular intervals. The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, "Climate Change 2007", produced glossaries for all three IPCC Working Groups. The glossaries are in English only:

IPCC Third Assessment Report (all UN languages): The main activity of the IPCC is to provide assessment reports of the state of knowledge on climate change at regular intervals. A glossary of terms for the Third Assessment Report is available in all UN languages: Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish

Publications Database

You can search this database by key words, language, type of publication, country, and year of publication. Use more than one key word to narrow your search (e.g., adaptation, water). You are invited to add publications to the database by clicking on the “submit publication” link. For more guidance, please check the FAQs section.

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