At G20 meet, Guterres urges global solidarity backed by action and finance
UN Secretary-General António Guterres addressed G20 finance ministers and central bank governors with a call to deliver on COVID-19 vaccines, economic recovery and climate finance. He reminded developed economies that solidarity depends in part on fulfilling the longstanding commitment to provide $100 billion in public climate finance annually to developing countries, with half pegged to measures to safeguard people from climate impacts. Realizing this pledge is not just about the economics of climate change, he stressed, but about restoring trust in multilateralism.
Climate action requires significant investment, but its value is immense: a livable climate. Countries around the world are showing how climate finance can improve people’s lives and prospects for the planet.
A new report tracks how some of the world’s largest economies continue to heavily subsidize fossil fuels, the major source of the emissions that cause climate change. The Climate Policy Factbook focuses on the Group of 20 countries and steps towards a low-carbon economy.
Equitably “redirecting, repurposing or eliminating incentives” that harm biodiversity by at least $500 billion per year is just one of the 21 ambitious targets of a new draft agreement released by a UN body in the lead up to the landmark November climate conference, COP26, in the United Kingdom.
Indigenous people living on the frontline of climate change could offer potentially ground-breaking insight into biodiversity protection and sustainability, but they urgently need help to withstand a growing number of threats to their way of life, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said on Friday.
The Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit will set the stage for the culminating global event in September. It will bring together diverse actors from around the world to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Read more.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will provide the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, presenting the latest advances in climate science. Learn more.
World Humanitarian Day will launch “The Human Race”, a campaign highlighting the human cost of the climate crisis. People globally will run, walk, swim, row or cycle to draw attention to people most vulnerable to climate impacts – and share their efforts on the Strava fitness app. Find out more.
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.