Climate Change

Gender conference empowers women in provision and use of weather and climate services

Geneva, 3 November – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is spearheading a drive to ensure that weather and climate services embrace the special needs and strengths of women to reduce their vulnerability to disasters and climate change and realize their potential as champions of […]

3 November 2014|

‘Leaders must act’, urges Ban, as new UN report warns climate change may soon be ‘irreversible’

Citing “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system, a United Nations report issued today has warned that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.

Echoing that dire warning, UN Secretary-General Ban […]

3 November 2014|

The European Union to Cut 40% of its Greenhouse Gas by 2030

On 24 October the European Council endorsed a binding target for the European Union (EU) of at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 1990.
In addition, it set a binding target of at least 27% for the share of […]

24 October 2014|

Historic Climate Summit Opens New Chapter in Global Efforts to Tackle Climate Change

New York, 23 September – New commitments, new ideas, and new financing for significant actions to address the challenge of climate change dominated the announcements made by more than 100 Heads of State and Government and leaders from the private sector and civil society […]

23 September 2014|

Climate change adaptation can help promote sub-Saharan African livelihoods – UN report

13 August 2014 – Investing in ways to adapt to climate change will promote the livelihood of 65 per cent of Africans, the United Nations environmental agency reported, warning also that failing to address the phenomenon could reverse decades of development progress on the continent.

13 August 2014|

Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, warns flagship UN report

24 July 2014 – Reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress, the United Nations says in a flagship report released today that examines the risks posed by natural or human-induced disasters and crises and offers ways to tackle them.

The […]

24 July 2014|

Saying ‘change is in the air,’ Ban urges new UN body to galvanize global sustainability agenda

27 June 2014 – With the close of the Millennium Development Goal era just months away, and work already beginning on a successor agenda to reign in poverty and put the planet on a sustainable course before it is too late, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon […]

30 June 2014|

UN officials call for restoration of ecosystems to reduce climate change disasters

17 June 2014 – Marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, United Nations officials today emphasized the importance of restoring degrading lands to avoid or soften the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change.

“Land degradation, caused or exacerbated by climate change, is not only a […]

17 June 2014|

UN agency spotlights ‘climate-smart’ approach to galvanize rural renewal

6 June 2014 – As the global farming community continues to curb climate change and food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency today spotlighted the best practices of its “climate-smart” approach to tackle those challenges and spark rural renewal.

6 June 2014|

Partnerships, cooperation focus of UN sustainable energy summit

5 June 2014 – “We need to form partnerships and investments on energy,” a senior official from Fiji said today at the United Nations Headquarters, echoing calls from other diplomats, business partners and civil society who traveled to New York to do exactly that, […]

5 June 2014|