Climate Action

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Science, Solutions, Solidarity

For a livable planet

A Conversation with Catherine McKenna

We need to get our act together to tackle the biggest challenge that we face – says Catherine McKenna, the chair of the UN Secretary-General’s Expert Group on Net-zero Commitments, highlighting the critical need for credible and accountable pledges that can lead to concrete and immediate emission cuts.

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We want to hear from you

The UN Expert Group on Net-Zero Emissions Commitments has launched a new portal seeking views from individuals and groups on how to improve the credibility of net-zero commitments among businesses, investors, cities, regions, and other non-state entities.

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SDG Roundtable: Mia Mottley

Prayers and hopes are not strategies that can tackle the climate crisis - Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley, co-chair of the UN SDG Advocates group, discusses climate action at a fireside chat on making the world a better place for everyone.

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Spotlight: UN Ocean Conference

With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean, the Ocean Conference opens in Lisbon, Portugal, calling for ocean action driven by science, technology, and innovation.

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Updates from the conference

The ocean – the world’s greatest ally against climate change

Our ocean generates 50 percent of the oxygen we need and absorbs 25 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions. It is the ‘lungs of the planet’ and its largest ‘carbon sink’ – a vital buffer against climate impacts. We look at why we must safeguard the ocean as our best ally for climate solutions.

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We are still addicted to fossil fuels. For the health of our societies and planet, we need to quit. Now."

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‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa makes waves with youth at Ocean Conference

Jason Momoa issues a strong call to action with youth from around the world at the Ocean Forum which was held on the beach during the UN Ocean Conference in Portugal. Joining Secretary-General António Guterres, the actor and activist spoke up for young innovators committed to protecting the ocean.

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Show the world what climate action looks like

Starting this Earth Day, join #MyClimateAction - a special photo and video competition by Agora in support of the UN’s ActNow campaign to showcase creative actions and solutions, and inspire others!

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Climate Action in the Shadow of War

"The war is affecting the sustainable development of every single country in our region” - in the latest episode of Awake at Night, Vladislav Kaim, the UN Secretary-General’s youth advisor on climate change, discusses the impacts of the war in Ukraine on climate action. Read more.

Posters for Climate Action

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Reaching net-zero

What is net zero, why is it important, and how can it be achieved?

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Net-zero expert group

Meet experts ensuring ambitious and credible net-zero commitments

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Powering a safer future

Why shift to renewables like wind and solar? Find out here.

Latest News

Barbados: Entrepreneur turns sargassum into money

Sargassum seaweed has blighted many of the beaches in Barbados for several years. Joshua Forte, a local entrepreneur, is convinced that it can be turned into a valuable commodity, and turned into highly effective, organic compost.

Colombia: Largest ocean reef restoration project in the Americas

The marine treasures of Colombia are often overlooked. To address the danger facing it’s rich and vibrant undersea stretching over a thousand square kilometres, the government initiates the One Million Coral for Colombia project.

Europe: Early, intense heatwaves

An unusually early and intense heatwave has spread up from North Africa through Europe, leaving parts of Spain and France more than 10°C higher than the average for this time of year, warns the World Meteorological Organization.

Events

World Urban Forum 11

Organized under the theme, Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future, the World Urban Forum is an opportunity to look at the future of cities based on existing trends, challenges and opportunities as well as how they can be better prepared to handle present and future shocks.

UN Ocean Conference

Organized with support from the Governments of Portugal and Kenya, the Ocean Conference is a call for ocean action - urging global leaders and all relevant sectors to boost ambition, mobilize partnerships and increase investment in science-driven and innovative approaches to reverse the decline in ocean health.

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2022

The regional climate week brings together stakeholders from different sectors of society for solution-oriented dialogues and to foster meaningful partnerships for climate action, including on the resilience against climate risks and the transition to a low-emission economy.

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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