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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 today 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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Billions planned for clean energy

A critical UN energy summit made multibillion-dollar commitments to increase renewable energy and improve access to electricity and clean cooking technologies, towards ending energy poverty and achieving net-zero emissions.

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Momentum builds to transform food systems

The first-ever UN Food Systems Summit saw nearly 300 commitments from around the world to accelerate action and transform food systems. New coalitions of civil society, farmers, women, youth and indigenous groups emerged to propel action.

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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.

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Secretary-General’s statement

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Peace depends on climate action

Heads of State and Government convened at the Security Council to debate how to prepare for climate risks that can hinder peace and drive conflict.

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Secretary-General's remarks

"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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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

Food Systems Summit 2021

The UN Food Systems Summit, held during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 23, is setting the stage for global food systems transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Find out more.

SDG Action Zone, climate day

Join leaders, thinkers, activists and creators to push for climate solutions like the circular economy, the great energy transition, indigenous perspectives on planetary health and local actions that add up to global change. Find out more.

High-level Dialogue on Energy

The High-level Dialogue on Energy in 2021 represents the first global gathering on energy under the auspices of the General Assembly since the UN Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy held in Nairobi in 1981. Find out more

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.