The UN has teamed up with a Chinese start-up in a bid to raise public awareness about climate change.
The partnership between UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Beijing-based bike sharing platform ofo will provide financial support to projects that address urban environmental challenges.
That will include campaign messages about the adverse effects of climate change and ways people can reduce CO2 emissions.
The two organisations will also establish a joint scholarship programme to support environmental research projects and provide small grants to start-ups offering green products and technologies.
The Chinese company ofo, which currently has more than 30 million people using its app to share bicycles in China, Singapore and the US, will donate its income on the 17th of each month to celebrate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Michael O’Neill, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director of External Relations said: “Both UNDP and ofo are innovators when it comes to finding ways of reducing the emissions related to the burning of fossil fuels and this is an innovative partnership which will make real strides towards protecting our precious environment.”