Strengthened institutions for a sustainable climate The global capacity building programme ‘Strengthened institutions for a sustainable climate’ is a multi-country and multi-stakeholder initiative to counter climate change by enhancing use of climate related data for informed climate action. svenska Share Contact Listen About the programme The programme is capacity-building initiative spearheaded by the Swedish EPA in close cooperation with several Swedish agencies as well as other national and international stakeholders. It focuses on building institutional capacity to address climate change and unsustainable urbanisation through implementation of change projects driven by partner organisations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The overall aim of the programme, more specifically, is to contribute to the implementation and enhancement of NDCs (including urban climate action), as part of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13 on climate action. The programme also contributes to other SDGs in the Agenda 2030, for instance, #11 on Sustainable cities and communities and #16 on Peace, justice and strong institutions. A key component is the role of peer-to-peer interaction, where Swedish experts from the involved agencies provide know-how and other support to the projects that are part of the programme. An overall focus is on good governance and how institutions can be strengthened to better meet the challenges of policy development and implementation. The programme is funded by Sida and will run for an initial 4-year period (2019–2022). Objectives and activities The programme is tailored to enhance the capacity of individuals and organisations involved and contributes to improvement of the enabling environment of the organisations. To meet the challenges regarding climate and urbanisation, the programme contributes to: enhanced production and analysis of reliable data, enhanced transparency practices to make data and processes available and accessible, improved coordination and cooperation among relevant actors to ensure effective use of climate related data. The programme is flexible and adaptive and is continuosly adjusted according to needs in the partner countries and developed projects for change. The projects are supported throughout the programme period through technical advice, tailored training and exchange of experiences between participating countries. Major themes in the ongoing projects are: Development of transparency systems (MRV, processes for data collection and greenhouse gas inventories). Climate adaptation (action plans, impact of climate change, disaster risk reduction, tree planting, gender aspects). Urbanisation (inclusive planning, stakeholder involvement, slum upgrading, energy efficency, air pollution, transport and waste management). Sustainable Development Goals Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 13:Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development Partners The Swedish implementing partners in this programme are The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Statistics Sweden, The Swedish Energy Agency, The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning. The programme is linked to activities under the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement.