UNDP and NIAR Sign USD 500,000 Agreement to Strengthen Training of Officials on Climate Change Issues

Sep 5, 2011

New Delhi - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR), Government of India, today signed a partnership in support of national efforts to address climate change through strengthening the training of government officials. This initiative is one component of a wide ranging partnership between UNDP and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

As India aims to embark on a low‐carbon, climate resilient development path, Caitlin Wiesen, Country Director, UNDP says, “We are confident that this new partnership between NIAR, AusAID and UNDP will contribute significantly to the Government of India’s relentless efforts to respond to the potential challenges of climate change by integrating these issues into its capacity development efforts.” In this first of its kind partnership in the country, NIAR and the National Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) together aim to build a better understanding of the many complex issues around climate change policy, adaptation and mitigation among its stakeholders. Welcoming this initiative, Kush Verma, Director General, NIAR said, “This timely partnership with UNDP over the next three years can result in significantly higher capacities of the Government of India in the area of climate change which is an area of cutting‐edge research and training. Sensitizing officers at all levels of mitigation and adaptation is the need of the hour.”

This partnership will result in curriculum development, training of government officers on climate change issues and exchange programmes between Australian universities and India to support academics and policy makers on applied issues around climate change. The activities will be undertaken by the Centre for Climate Change and Environment at NIAR. In addition, the Centre will contribute to existing LBSNAA training modules on gender and inclusion by incorporating a climate change perspective. This Centre will also strengthen other training Central and State institutions on climate change, and will collaborate with other institutions in the global South.  The agreement today is part of a broader partnership between UNDP India and AusAID that focuses on developing stakeholder capacity to incorporate climate change considerations in planning and implementation processes at various levels of governance in the country. According to Russell Rollason, AusAID representative in New Delhi, “AusAID welcomes this opportunity to work with NIAR and LBSNAA through our partnership with UNDP on this critical issue of climate change. Australia shares with India the potentially severe impact of climate change on water resources and food security and believes there is much to be gained through working together on this challenge. 

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