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Why 2022 will matter for climate action

As the world picks up speed in its race against climate change and moves forward from the 2021 Glasgow Climate Change Conference, let’s look at ten key global events in 2022 that will shape critical conversations and influence public policy decisions around one of the most defining issues of our time.

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2021 joins top 7 warmest years on record: WMO

The last seven years have been the warmest years on record, with global temperatures rising more than 1°C above pre-industrial levels and edging closer to the limit laid out under the Paris Agreement.

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UN environment award honours inspiring women leaders

The UN Environment Programme’s Champions of the Earth award recognizes the work of an all-female cohort of outstanding leaders.

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Celebrating climate innovation

The UN Global Climate Action awards singles out 11 game-changing innovations from across the globe, showcasing people’s inspiring work to avert the climate crisis.

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COP26: Towards a more sustainable, low-carbon world

The Glasgow Climate Pact is the fruit of intense negotiations among almost 200 countries. What was agreed? Find out here.

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If we fail to match climate rhetoric with climate actions, we condemn ourselves to a hotter, more volatile earth, with worsening disasters and mass displacement.”

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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.

Climate Change Explained

Scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change unpack the science and explain the crisis’ growing impact on people and the planet.

Videos from the series are available here.

Awake At Night

In this episode, UN Special Advisor Selwin Hart takes us on his inspiring life journey -- from growing up in a home without electricity to being at the centre of global negotiations to tackle the climate emergency.

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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

UNEP at 50: Solving the world’s environmental challenges

The UN Environment Programme celebrates five decades of environmental diplomacy and advocacy, calling for more action worldwide to overcome climate change, biodiversity loss, and rising levels of pollution and waste. Read more.

In Jamaica, farmers struggle to contend with a changing climate

A look at how farmers at Mount Airy keep their plots productive amid dwindling rainfall, adapting to the day-to-day and practical impacts of climate change. Read more.

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.

Events

UN Hub at Expo 2020 Dubai

The UN Hub at Expo 2020 Dubai will host the Global Goals Week to feature a series of events focused on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals, including climate action. Look out for climate-related conversations during the week. On 22 January, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michael Haddad will lead a walk for climate action. Read more.

IPCC Climate Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

The report, produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group II under its sixth assessment cycle, covers the impacts of climate change on human and natural systems, observing their vulnerabilities, ability and limitations to adapt to climate change. The exact launch date at the end of February is to be announced.

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2022

The first-ever Middle East and North Africa Climate Week, organized by UN Climate Change (UNFCCC), focuses on regional climate action and collaborations needed to build climate-resilient economies and societies, and integrate climate action into pandemic recovery. 

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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