Climate Action

Portrait of Patricia Espinosa

Climate calls for a unity of purpose

Patricia Espinosa is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the foundational 1994 international agreement on climate action most recently elaborated in the 2015 Paris Agreement. In a make-or-break year for climate action, Espinosa reflects on the climate emergency, urging a unity of purpose. Since climate knows no boundaries, bold action is in the best interest of everyone.

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The race to COP26 is on

UN Chief António Guterres reminded the 2021 Petersberg Climate Dialogue that only six months remain before make-or-break climate talks at COP26. Top priorities for action are ending coal use, and investing in adaptation to save lives, protect economies and sustain livable communities.

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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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Biggest financial players back net zero

Over 160 firms with $70 trillion in assets joined forces behind a common goal: steer the global economy towards net-zero emissions and deliver the Paris Agreement goals.

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It’s Climate Week: Latin America and the Caribbean

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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We have six months until COP26. We must make them count.

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Climate youth activist Marie Christina Kolo of Madagascar.

First Person: ‘Youth won’t stay silent’ says Madagascar climate activist

Young people around the world “won’t stay silent” about the global climate crisis according to a youth activist from Madagascar.

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ILO kicks off Green Week to ‘jump-start’ a sustainable future

As the world grapples with the devastating economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN’s labour agency launched ILO Green Week to explore what a green future of work could look like, and how we can get there.

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Green transformation will rival industrial revolution: US climate envoy

The transition to a global economic model which will slow down climate change and create jobs will be the “biggest economic transformation since the industrial revolution” according to John Kerry, the US climate envoy.

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Events

Regional Climate Week (Thematic Session): Latin America and Caribbean

Hosted by the Dominican Republic, 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.

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.

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.