Climate Action

Portrait of Sharan Burrow

Shared prosperity provides hope and security

Why is climate a labour issue? Sharan Burrow explains – and explores what a just transition to a low-carbon economy really looks like. As head of the International Trade Union Confederation, she argues for a new commitment to achieving shared prosperity and abandoning economic patterns that fail people and the planet.

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Global climate actions take off

Industry and investment going green. Bold ambitions for biodiversity. Leading climate actors shared highlights of how they are turning 2019 Climate Action Summit plans into action.

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Climate Change Effects in Island Nation of Kiribati

Five steps to transformation

Five concrete, achievable actions can transform the response to the climate emergency, the Deputy Secretary-General told a ministerial meeting. Extensive debt relief for vulnerable countries is critical to moving forward.

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Factory chimney smoke

Net-zero pledges grow; ambition falls short

Countries, cities and businesses are making pledges to get to net-zero emissions. A new report surveyed 4,000 of these, finding good intentions, but not enough ambition, including around the use of carbon offsets.

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Trees by the river

Papua New Guinea to assess nature’s services

Papua New Guinea is about to join the vanguard of countries accounting for nature. A national assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services will define links to economic activities as well as economic values.

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Cities are already succeeding on climate action. The challenge is to speed up, and scale up.

Secretary-General Portrait

Celebrating Nature

Latest News

A nurse stores vaccines in a dedicated solar-powered refrigerator at the Budiriro Clinic in Zimbabwe.

Solar energy powers COVID-19 treatment

In some of the poorest parts of the world, where there is no access to a reliable electricity grid, the UN is equipping hundreds of health facilities with solar technologies, allowing them to avoid power outages and save lives.

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Biodiversity at risk, threatens human survival, UN forum hears

As the living tissue of the earth, biodiversity is “intimately linked to human health” the head of the UN’s scientific agency told a global forum on Wednesday, noting that “we are part of that living tissue”.

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Global survey finds climate a top concern

Climate change and loss of biodiversity worry people around the world, according to a new UNESCO survey. Respondents also agreed on acting urgently to address the issue, such as through investing in "green" solutions and promoting international cooperation and trust in science.

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Events

IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit

Top international energy and climate leaders from countries representing the vast majority of global GDP, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions will join forces to accelerate the momentum behind clean energy and net-zero emissions in line with shared international goals. Find out more.

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.

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.