Developing human capital towards improved climate-change adaptation and mitigation

Project description

Title: Building capacity towards sustainable human capital development in North Macedonia
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Co-funded by: Green Climate Fund
Country: North Macedonia
Overall term: 2022 to 2024


The Republic of North Macedonia is a non-Annex I party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and as an EU candidate country, it is committed to transposing the EU climate acquis. In line with its climate-related global policy framework commitment, the country is also a signatory of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

To achieve the goals towards low-carbon and climate-resilient development, the country is an active beneficiary of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Based on that, GIZ as an implementing partner in cooperation with the National Designated Authority (NDA) of the country, the Cabinet of the Deputy President of the Government in charge of economic affairs, is implementing the project “Building capacity towards sustainable human capital development in North Macedonia”.

The project is financially supported by a grant from the GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme.


North Macedonia is creating a supportive environment for climate change mitigation and adaptation thus bringing the country towards a more climate-oriented development of human capital in the health, education, labour and social protection sectors.


The project framework envisages the following activity areas:

  • Improving the effective capabilities of the NDA, as the main coordination body for GCF-related activities, and the institutions represented in the Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) by providing systematic climate-change training for the public administration. 
  • Developing the role of climate-change aspects in the health sector as well as measures for decarbonisation.
  • Supporting actors in the education sector in mainstreaming climate change into primary, secondary, tertiary, VET and adult education. Cooperating directly with teaching and managerial staff to instigate a long-term shift toward towards climate change in education.
  • Supporting those involved in the labour market and social protection in creating an institutional and legislative enabling environment for climate change mainstreaming. This component will create a strategic support mechanism for stimulating climate-smart and inclusive employment and produce an Action Plan with measures for green jobs.

Last update: December 2022

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