Change News, 1 April 2020 –
Effective today, the UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat is operating
according to a new structure, as part of an organizational change initiative to
overhaul the secretariat as the UN lead entity supporting the intergovernmental
Climate Change process and to mobilize Climate Action towards global
transformation to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement in
an effective, efficient manner.
Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, said:
is part of the secretariat’s efforts to increase its effectiveness,
adaptability and synergetic delivery of support to Parties as they move forward
in implementing the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, thereby
ensuring better lives and livelihoods for this and future generations.”
the secretariat’s capacity to support the climate change process through the
revitalization of UNFCCC structure and its programme and management processes
to be fit-for-purpose as we move into the future is all the more critical given
the urgency for the Parties and the global community at large to raise the
level of climate ambition,” she added.
Over a period
of 18 months, the secretariat undertook a thorough review of its organizational
structure, operations and use of resources, in order to understand how it can
best support the needs of Parties and non-Party stakeholders in the global
transformation to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
As a result of
this review, the secretariat initiated an organizational change
exercise—including both structural and non-structural changes—designed to
ensure a “fit-for-purpose secretariat” with a collaborative and results-driven
culture as we move into the future. The structure is designed to better deliver
on mandates, to be more agile in responding to changing realities to strengthen
effective engagement and relationships with diverse stakeholders.
From today, the
UN Climate Change Secretariat will start using new names for divisions,
subdivisions, units and teams which reflect the new structure.
structure is aligned to the Programme Budget for the biennium 2020-2021 that
was approved by Parties at the UN Climate Change COP25 in Madrid last
With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 2015
Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep
a global average temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and
to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees
Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of
the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas
concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human
interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems
to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.