Climate Action

Portrait of Mafalda Duarte

UN Chief: Mobilize the world to make the next steps the right ones

At the G7 meeting, Secretary-General António Guterres urged the paramount importance of climate action. He singled out three priorities: a global coalition for net-zero emissions, renewed emphasis on adapting to climate change as the “forgotten part” of international climate support, and finance for developing countries to pursue ambitious emissions cuts and address already profound challenges caused by climate shifts.

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Portrait of Mafalda Duarte

Climate finance catalyses change

In a recent interview, Mafalda Duarte, CEO of the Climate Investment Funds, spoke about how public climate finance catalyses change and why successful climate action depends fundamentally on social inclusion.

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Track the net-zero coalition

Who’s in the growing global coalition for net-zero emissions? Our new page tracks net-zero commitments. It explains how and why we need rapid action to keep a livable climate.

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GAR Special Report on Drought 2021

Prevention cuts drought costs

A new report affirms worsening droughts are pressuring people around the world. With preventing droughts far less costly than responding to them, it profiles solutions based on real-world experiences.

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Climate finance: Time to deliver

Reaching net zero requires making good on the $100 billion annual climate finance commitment – at a minimum. An independent expert report tracks where the money has to come from to meet climate goals.

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In the developing world, people are already suffering and need support to build resilience.”

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The Future of Our Cities Is Green

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Women sort plastic at a recycling plant in Jordan.

Turning to sustainable global business: 5 things to know about the circular economy

Due to the ever-increasing demands of the global economy, the resources of the planet are being used up at an alarming rate and waste and pollution are growing fast. The idea of a more sustainable “circular economy” is gaining traction, but what does this concept mean, and can it help save the planet?

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UN launches Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to counter ‘triple environmental emergency’

Heads of Government, religious leaders, activists and artists joined the United Nations on Friday in a rallying cry to heal the planet, launching the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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Global push needed to ensure ‘clean, affordable and sustainable electricity’ for all

During the last decade, more people around the world have gained access to electricity than ever before. However, the number still not connected has grown in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia, according to a new UN report on universal access to energy, launched on Monday.

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Events

High-level Political Forum

The annual High-level Political Forum will review progress on the 2030 Agenda, focusing on a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19, and discussing several SDGs in detail, including Goal 13 on climate action. Find out more.

Regional Climate Week (Thematic Session): Asia-Pacific

Hosted by Japan, 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, involving governments, cities, the private sector, financial institutions and civil society. Find out more.

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, involving governments, cities, the private sector, financial institutions and civil society. 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.