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COP26: Towards a more sustainable, low-carbon world

The outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow is the fruit of intense negotiations over the two weeks, strenuous formal and informal work over many months, and constant engagement both in-person and virtually for nearly two years. 

The Glasgow Climate Pact adopted is a global compromise that reflects a delicate balance between the interests and aspirations of the nearly 200 countries that are parties to the core international instruments that govern global efforts on climate change.

Cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are still far from where they need to be to preserve a livable climate, and support for the most vulnerable countries affected by the impacts of climate change is still falling far short. But COP26 did produce new building blocks to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement through actions that can get the world on a more sustainable, low-carbon pathway forward. 

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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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UN environment award honours inspiring women leaders

The UN Environment Programme’s annual Champions of the Earth award, the United Nations highest environmental honour, recognizes the work of an all-female cohort of outstanding leaders - Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, the Sea Women of Melanesia, wildlife veterinarian Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, and environmental activist Maria Kolesnikova.

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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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Cooperation is key to enhance climate action

Two weeks after COP26, a high-level forum identified areas for common actions on carbon neutrality among China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. The event shed light on the strategies and pathways for achieving net-zero emissions by the three countries.

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We won’t reach our destination in one day or one conference. But I know we can get there.

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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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No Denying It

No Denying It, is the UN climate action podcast, bringing you the voices of young climate changemakers from across our warming planet. Because we all have to start somewhere.

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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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Financing sustainable development needed more than ever, says UN deputy chief Mohammed

Securing the funding needed for sustainable development by involving as many actors from different sectors as possible, is more urgent than ever, amid a widening “trust deficit” between the haves and the have-nots, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said on Monday. Read more.

From the Field: Saving the Mongolian musk deer

The number of musk deer in Mongolia has plummeted by some 83 per cent since the 1970s, landing them on the country’s red list of critically endangered species. A UN-supported biodiversity initiative is helping to stop the deer from disappearing altogether. Read more.

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. 

Events

ECOSOC briefing on the outcomes of COP26

The President of ECOSOC will convene a briefing on COP26 outcomes that are pertinent to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read more.

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.

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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