Where We Work

UNDP has agreed Climate Promise workplans with over 120 countries and territories  – making it the world’s largest offer of support for the enhancement of countries’ climate pledges.

Africa

Africa map
44
Countries supported by Climate Promise
7.15%
of global GHG emissions

While Africa is the continent that contributes the least to greenhouse gas emissions, it is among the most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change.

Increasing temperatures and extreme weather events are threatening the health and safety of rapidly growing populations, alongside the continent’s biodiversity and ecosystems. Climate change also adversely affects agriculture and is among the key drivers of food and water insecurity, with approximately 1 in 3 people across the region currently facing water scarcity.

As climate change impacts are putting development gains at risk, governments across the region are calling for further investments in order to build climate resilient lives and livelihoods while setting countries up on a more ambitious development pathways that is inclusive and low-emission to avoid even further impacts in the future.

Across the region, UNDP is promoting transformative climate action to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience. Its support draws upon an extensive portfolio of expertise across energy, forests, water, agriculture, health, youth, finance, governance, green jobs, and gender equality. It also supports access to climate data to better inform policies and strengthen disaster preparedness.

African nations are committed to a resilient and green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes investment in ecosystem restoration, green value chain development and climate smart agriculture, which could translate into renewed opportunities for green jobs creation and youth employment.

40
Climate Promise countries have submitted their updated Nationally Determined Contributions.
as of July 2022
97%
of countries have strengthened mitigation targets in their revised NDCs.
as of October 2021
100%
of countries have enhanced adaptation measures in their revised NDC.
as of October 2021

Learn more about countries in this region