Five ways to jump-start the renewable energy transition
UN Secretary-General outlines five critical actions – on technology, materials, policies, subsidies, and investments – the world needs to prioritize now to transform energy systems and speed up the global shift to renewable energy “because without renewables, there can be no future.”
“Without international support, including investment at scale, African countries will not be able to expand energy access to all and still reach their climate goals,” warn UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael Bloomberg and head of Sustainable Energy for All Damilola Ogunbiyi in an op-ed.
Energy is at the heart of the climate challenge – and key to the solution. As the world transitions to renewables from fossil fuels, here are five reasons why renewable energy is our answer to a healthy, livable planet.
“Indigenous peoples are a solution, we are not only a victim of the climate change,” says SDG Advocate and Indigenous rights activists Hindou Ibrahim, talking about the indispensable role that indigenous communities play in protecting life on our planet.
Through decarbonizing the transport sector and transitioning to cleaner buses, African cities can reduce environmental damage and health risks while delivering a more reliable and speedy transport system to their growing urban populations.
As global leaders meet at the Abidjan Summit on desertification, the UN Environment Programme looks back at a 50-year global effort to halt the spread of the world’s deserts and protect the Earth’s land.
The Torres Strait Islands, an autonomous part of Australia, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis, and extreme weather – a major threat to the indigenous community who has inhabited the islands for some 70,000 years.
Under the theme ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity', the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification aims to ensure that land continues to benefit present and future generations. It will bring together leaders from around the world to drive progress on the sustainable management of land, one of our most precious commodities.
Forest ecosystems are critical for the health of our planet and the sustainable future of people everywhere. Billions of people depend on forests for subsistence, livelihood, employment, and income generation. The Forum on Forests presents a critical opportunity to highlight contributions of forests and their untapped potential in accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The global gathering will bring people together to take stock of progress, showcase success and identify solutions to achieve faster, broader gains towards sustainable energy for all. It serves as a platform to broker new partnerships, spur investment, address challenges and drive action towards realizing SDG-7 and a global clean energy transition.
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.