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. Ahead of the Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal (27 June to 1 July), learn more about why we must safeguard the ocean as our best ally for climate solutions.
We cannot limit global warming without reducing emissions from deforestation and significantly restoring rainforests to remove carbon from the air, alongside efforts to rapidly decarbonization of our economies, says UNEP.
Africa: Saving the world’s damaged lands and ecosystems
UNDP’s expert on land management and restoration Phemo Kgomotso talks about how Africa’s power to move the world towards a secure climate-resilient future despite facing some of the toughest global challenges.
We are both creature and moulder of our environment
"Remember it is people that propel social progress, develop science and technology and, through their hard work, continuously transform the human environment. We are both creature and moulder of our environment" – an excerpt from the 1972 Declaration on the Human Environment.
"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.
Acacia trees play a pivotal role in Somalia’s hot and arid climate, improving soil fertility but a booming illicit trade in charcoal – the substance is made from burning wood – continues to decimate trees in areas already threatened by drought.
Amid a prolonged and deadly heatwave affecting large swaths of India and Pakistan, experts warn that the extreme heat is a grim preview of what the climate crisis has in store for a region home to over 1 billion people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.