Climate Action

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Science, Solutions, Solidarity

For a livable future

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Informal Leaders Roundtable on Climate Action

UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 20 September held an informal, closed-door roundtable with a small but representative group of Heads of State and Government. The roundtable addressed gaps in urgent actions on climate mitigation, finance and adaptation, and was a chance for national leaders to demonstrate solidarity and ambition on climate action.

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Ministers prep for COP26

Climate and energy ministers will hash out key political issues in the lead-up to the Glasgow climate talks. The Pre-COP, the last high-level meeting of its kind before COP26, will bring together representatives from about 40 States along with UN officials and civil society advocates. Topics on the table include the protection of communities and natural habitats, sustainable finance and transparency.

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Youth convene to drive action

Almost 400 young people from 186 countries will meet in Milan to rev up the call for climate action. With weeks to go before COP26, they will highlight youth leadership and push for a climate conscious society. Tune in for in-depth debates, the day of cinema and the #Music4Climate concert featuring the world's largest rock band.

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IPCC: The time to act is now

Climate changes are occurring in every region and globally, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. There is still time to act, but it must happen immediately.

Press release

Secretary-General’s statement

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It’s Climate Week: Africa

Join people across the region to find out what’s happening to keep a livable planet. Check our page on the week for a quick glance at ideas, actions, science and ambitious plans to move forward.

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"Everyone must to do their job. Developed countries and emerging economies must contribute.”

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Watch and Listen

Avoiding climate catastrophe

Join top UN climate officials and a youth leader in the SDG Media Zone for a lively exchange on the latest climate science, current political debates and the urgency of climate action.

Join #TheHumanRace

The climate crisis doesn’t affect everyone equally. Join #TheHumanRace, a global challenge for climate action in solidarity with people who need it most.

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Sunita Narain: Building a resilient world

Leading Indian environmentalist Sunita Narain explains how we must act on the climate crisis, as a matter of justice.

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No Denying It episode 5: Jane Goodall introduces Xiaoyuan "Charlene" Rens

 

 

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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

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World’s two largest economies commit to climate action – Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday welcomed important commitments made towards climate action by the world’s two largest economies, as the 76th High Level Debate began in New York. Read more.

Counting on youth, for an ‘equitable and sustainable world for all’

At a virtual event on Friday commemorating the International Day of Peace, the UN chief saluted the “voices, vision and commitment of young people in shaping a more peaceful world”.

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Blue sky thinking: 5 things to know about air pollution

COVID-19 lockdowns brought rapid and “unprecedented” improvements in air quality in some parts of the world - but not enough to halt climate change caused by global warming, UN weather experts said on Friday. To mark the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, on 7 September, UN News explains how bad it is and what is being done to tackle it.

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Events

Regional Climate Week (Thematic Session): Africa

Hosted by Uganda, the regional climate week will build momentum around the 2021 Glasgow climate conference. The thematic session will mobilize whole-of-society engagement in climate action. Find out more

Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition

Almost 400 young people from 186 countries will meet in Milan to rev up the call for climate action. With weeks to go before COP26, they will highlight youth leadership and push for a climate conscious society. Tune in for in-depth debates, the day of cinema and the #Music4Climate concert featuring the world's largest rock band.

Pre-COP

Climate and energy ministers will hash out key political issues expected at the upcoming Glasgow climate talks, COP26. Representatives from about 40 States will attend, along with UN officials and civil society advocates.

 

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.