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Mark Carney: Investing in net-zero climate solutions creates value and rewards

In a recent interview, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance Mark Carney spoke about how private finance is increasingly aligned behind achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. He underlined that people everywhere should keep up the pressure in calling for climate action.

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End the addiction to coal

The UN chief told the Powering Past Coal Alliance Summit that now is the time to phase out coal, as among the most important actions to limit global warming. Plus: It’s now cheaper to build renewable energy systems.

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Make nature count!

The UN Statistical Commission launched talks on a new framework to value the contributions nature makes to human well-being. It could transform decisions on the economy and the environment.

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UN issues red alert

A new report on national climate plans intended to achieve the Paris agreement shows ambition falling alarmingly short.

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US return to Paris offers hope

The UN Secretary-General joined US Special Envoy John Kerry in welcoming the official re-entry of the United States to the Paris Agreement. The moment was good news for the world.

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2021 is a make or break year to confront the global climate emergency.

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Digging for victory in the Philippines

Some farming techniques can have a devastating and negative effect on the environment, as farmers seek to harvest the maximum amount of produce from their land, but the efforts of a Filipino chef and activist are demonstrating that, with the right approach, agriculture can help to regenerate land, offer protection from the effects of climate change and extreme weather, and improve livelihoods.

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Mapping coral reefs from space

A plan to use satellite imaging to build up a global picture of coral reefs, to better understand how to protect them from warming seas brought on by climate change, is being supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Read full story

Building Africa's Great Green Wall

A young woman scientist in Burkina Faso is researching the role of micro-organisms in fighting desertification in the Sahel Region, as part of a UN programme to restore degraded land in Africa. Read full story

Events

High-Level Open Debate on Climate Security

The Security Council will hold a high-level open debate on the “Maintenance of international peace and security: climate security” chaired by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The event will feature a special presentation by Sir David Attenborough. Tune in at 8:30 am EST on UN WebTV.

Welcoming back the United States

Save the date: On Friday, the UN Secretary-General will mark the US reentry into the Paris Agreement with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. More details. Watch live.

 

 

Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

Climate adaptation is essential, doable and plannable. Join the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021, featuring 24 hours of online events, to define actions for the next decade. Learn 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.