The COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed lives, livelihoods, and economies. But it has not slowed down climate change, which presents ever-growing threats to people’s health, jobs and safety. The stakes could not be higher: the science shows temperatures are in record-breaking territory, greenhouse gas levels are mounting, sea level is rising, and natural disasters are getting much worse.

As the world confronts the pandemic and embarks on recovery, there is growing recognition that the recovery must be a pathway to a green and sustainable economy that produces jobs and prosperity, reduces emissions, and builds resilience. From the science to the solutions, this website showcases how the United Nations is bringing together all nations and peoples, so we leave no-one behind as we tackle the global climate emergency.

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Six climate positive actions

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is urging governments to take six climate-positive actions to recover better from the #COVID19 pandemic. These include investing in green jobs, no bail outs for polluting industries, ending fossil-fuel subsidies, taking climate risks into account in all financial and policy decisions, working together, and most importantly, leave no one behind.

Positive actions
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The Science

The UN is at the forefront in assessing the science of climate change, which shows that it is happening due to human activities. We are presently on a path that will lead to accelerating impacts that will adversely affect the lives, livelihoods and health of people.

Reports and Key Findings
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Building a Sustainable Future

Climate action will help us achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals aimed at increasing prosperity and well-being while protecting the environment. Climate action means increasing jobs, building sustainable cities and communities, increasing the use of clean, renewable energy and reduces air pollution.

Climate and the SDGs

Latest News

Coming soon: The Secretary-General weighs in on the state of the planet

On 2 December, the UN Secretary-General will speak on the state of the planet at Columbia University, warning that current environmental and climate trends are dire. At the same time, solutions are increasingly within reach, and some are even accelerating around the globe. Starting at 8:45 a.m. EST, tune in here to read or watch as the Secretary-General outlines some of the ways we can heal our world.

Emissions hit record high

The global slowdown from the COVID-19 pandemic has not curbed rising levels of greenhouse gases, said the World Meteorological Organization in releasing its latest WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. Carbon dioxide levels have pushed passed another record threshold, after rising in 2019 at a rate faster than the average for the last 10 years.

We’ve hit a million!

Climate actions that is, by individuals signing on to the ActNow campaign. People everywhere are starting with 10 simple steps to solve the climate crisis. Change a habit. Make a new choice. Check out the campaign to learn what you can do, because the future is in your hands. And for kids, don’t miss the Climate Action Super Heroes.

Events

Climate Ambition Summit

Co-hosted by the United Nations, the United Kingdom and France, and in partnership with Chile and Italy, the Summit will bring together world leaders, and leaders of non-state actors, who will demonstrate new, enhanced ambition.

Secretary-General’s “State of the Planet” Speech

The UN Secretary-General will speak on the state of the planet at Columbia University, looking at the climate emergency and biodiversity loss, and outlining the steps we need to take to reverse course and take positive action.

UN Biodiversity Summit

The Summit on Biodiversity at UN Headquarters in New York seeks to provide political direction and momentum to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Our priority

UN Takes Climate Action

The UN system, together with partners, is working to help accelerate climate action and assist countries in limiting climate change and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. From renewable energy to food security, to jobs and safe water, the UN is promoting a more sustainable and prosperous world for everyone.

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Climate initiatives

The Climate Action Summit, convened in 2019, brought together representatives of governments, businesses and civil society that resulted in an array of initiatives to further climate action. These initiatives, comprised of coalitions of participants from the public and private sectors, are going forward and are producing results.

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Business action

Governments have a major role to play in addressing climate change, but the private sector must be a strong partner in taking climate action. Many companies, financial organizations and insurance companies are stepping up their actions to reduce emissions and increase investments in cleaner, greener technologies and energy.

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Youth

Young people’s unprecedented mobilization around the world shows the massive power they possess to hold decision-makers accountable. Whether through education, science or technology, young people are scaling up their efforts and using their skills to accelerate climate action.