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COP26: An agreement to build on

“The outcome of COP26 is a compromise. It reflects the interests, the contradictions and the state of political will in the world today. It is an important step, but it is not enough,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the conclusion of the conference.

The Glasgow Climate Pact, adopted by almost 200 countries after two intense weeks of negotiations, will not radically alter the global landscape on climate change. It does provide important advances, however. For starters, it recognizes the global climate emergency, citing recent IPCC findings. It expresses “alarm and utmost concern that human activities have caused around 1.1°C of global warming to date and that impacts are already being felt in every region.” Parties also recognize that the impacts of climate change will be much lower at a 1.5°C rise compared with 2°C, and resolved to pursue efforts to keep to 1.5°C.

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UN Chief: Glasgow important but not enough

The Secretary-General, in a statement on the conclusion of COP26, said the conference outcome reflected the state of political will in the world today and provided building blocks for progress. “We are in the fight of our lives, and this fight must be won,” he said. “Never give up. Never retreat. Keep pushing forward.”

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Selwin Hart on financing adaptation

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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Celebrating climate innovation

The UN Global Climate Action awards singled out 11 game-changing innovations showing how much people can do to avert the climate crisis. Coming from every part of the world, they range from the first renewable island community to a solar energy finance provider, from a sustainable fashion house to a metropolitan climate action plan.

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Protect our future, youth demand

Young climate leaders came together with negotiators, officials and ministers from across the world at COP26 in Glasgow, demanding action needed to prevent catastrophic climate change.

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COP26: Highlights and Conclusions

After two weeks of tough negotiations, the 26th UN Climate Conference has come to an end. Member States reached an agreement that the United Nations Secretary-General called an important step in addressing climate change, but not enough. In this conversation wrap-up, learn about the facts and highlights of the Conference.

Green Transport

Paloma Costa, a Brazilian climate activist and member of the Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change sets out the path to green transport, guided by the Paris Climate Agreement.

 

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Tears, fears and fossil fuels

At times it seemed that a COP26 resolution was still hours or even days away but, on Saturday evening, a final document was finally adopted, despite the misgivings expressed by many countries at revised language regarding fossil fuels.

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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.

Latest News

A UNICEF poll reports that children and young people remain hopeful and more globally minded compared to older generations.

Youth embody ‘spirit’ of 21st century more than parents, new survey shows

17 November 2021 — Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other global challenges, children and youth are nearly 50 per cent more likely than older people to believe that the world is becoming a better place, according to the results of a landmark intergenerational poll published on Thursday. 

Violence, insecurity and climate change drive 84 million people from their homes

As more people flee violence, insecurity and the effects of climate change, the number forcibly displaced now exceeds 84 million globally, according to new data released on Thursday by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Read more.

Climate change increasing threats in southwest Pacific: WMO report

From rising sea temperatures, to deadly and devastating storms and floods, climate change is increasing threats in the southwest Pacific, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a report published on Wednesday. Read more.

Events

UN Environment Assembly

The world’s highest level decision-making body on the environment will discuss how nature can help achieve sustainability. Read more.

UNEP@50

UNEP will celebrate 50 years of progress on core environmental issues like phasing out leaded fuel and preventing species extinctions. Read more.

UN Biodiversity Conference, Part Two

This second part of COP15 will address remaining agenda items, including the finalization of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Read 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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