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Selwin Hart: Financing adaptation is an issue of justice and an economic imperative

As the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Action, Selwin Hart spearheads a global drive to raise climate ambition now. In this interview, he talks about the critical need for developed countries to finance climate adaptation to save lives and protect livelihoods in countries facing the worst consequences from climate.

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Emissions gap not closing nearly fast enough

The latest edition of the Emissions Gap report finds that climate commitments fall far short of the 55 per cent reduction required to keep temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C. Net-zero pledges could make a difference but must be implemented with urgency and ambition.

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COP26: It’s (almost) here

The latest round of global climate talks will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Thousands of government delegates and people from civil society, business and the media will gather to advance climate action. The world will be watching and demanding that national leaders rise to the moment, given the mounting climate crisis.

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Climate change erodes Asia’s gains

Climate change is hitting every part of Asia, from Himalayan peaks to coastal cities. A new report details enormous costs from lost lives, destroyed infrastructure and ecosystems, and mounting financial losses. Risks to health and food security are growing.

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UN Chief implores leaders to act

At a high-level climate action meeting, the Secretary-General urged world leaders, especially from the G20, to adopt bold climate targets. He underlined these are achievable and urgent amid warning signs that temperature rise will far exceed targets, with catastrophic results

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"The emissions gap is the result of a leadership gap.

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In breach of diplomatic protocol; ‘don’t choose extinction’ dinosaur urges world leaders

In a UN first, a ferocious and talkative dinosaur bursts into the iconic General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, with a special warning for any diplomats who still think climate action is for the birds.

Forests, Food and Farming: how to beat the climate crisis

Imagine a world where food production makes us healthier without making the climate crisis worse. Paloma Costa, a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group, argues we can achieve this if we make the right choices and follow the Paris Climate Agreement.

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No Denying It 10: The Try Guys introduce Chibeze Ezekiel

In the final episode of the UN climate action podcast, YouTube starts The Try Guys introduce Chibeze Ezekiel, a Ghanaian community organizer who inspires us to empower people in our communities to put pressure on polluters.

 

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What is climate change?

Our climate 101 offers a quick take on the how and why of climate change.

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Climate action fast facts

Explore how climate intersects with issues from food to energy to jobs.

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Climate leaders

Interviews capture the latest thinking on climate talks, science and action.

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Business leaders join UN chief to step up action for sustainability

Business leaders joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, to step up delivery of critical investment, for a ‘sustainable, net zero, resilient and equitable world’. Read more

UNESCO ‘eDNA’ initiative to ‘unlock' knowledge for biodiversity protection

To understand the richness of biodiversity across World Heritage marine sites, the UN scientific organization launched on Monday a project to protect and preserve biodiversity, based on the study of environmental DNA - cellular material released from living things into their surroundings. Read more

From the Field: Eating our way to a healthier planet

The UN Food Systems Summit demonstrated the huge imbalances in the way we grow, produce, and consume food. But, as the UN Development Programme (UNDP) shows, we can farm and eat in a sustainable way that is good for us, and the planet. Read more

Events

COP26

The latest round of global climate talks will convene thousands of government delegates and people from civil society, business and the media to advance climate action. Learn more.

COY16

Youth will convene before COP26 at the Conference of Youth, the world’s largest and longest running youth event. It’s a chance to exchange ideas and take part in creating a youth statement to feed into government talks. Learn more

Delivering Climate Action – for People, for Planet & for Prosperity.

This high-level meeting of the General Assembly will focus on closing the gap between current and required technical and financial capacities to achieve the 1.5 degrees target. Learn more.

Climate action starting now

Everyone has a role in climate action. At the United Nations, we are calling on people everywhere to work together to solve climate challenges and realize the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement. This website keeps up with actions taken by governments, businesses, civil society, youth and more in every part of the world.

It’s our planet, and while we know it is in crisis, we also know that solutions are in reach. Progress is already well underway, from more green energy to more secure food supplies. And the benefits are clear as well, such as green jobs, clean air and sounder economies. A more sustainable, prosperous world is in reach. Join us in taking action to claim it, starting now.

 

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