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.

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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.

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Climate Adaptation

Latest News

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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. Read more here.

The People Vote on Climate

The results are in from the world’s biggest ever survey on climate change. People in 50 countries with half the human population want more action and ambition to protect the planet. Their priorities: renewable energy, electric cars and forest conversation, among others. Read more.

Adaptation Demands a Breakthrough

Adaptation is urgent in developing countries to protect people from droughts, floods and other threats. At the Climate Adaptation Summit, the UN Secretary-General urged more attention—and finance. Read more. See also the 2020 Adaptation Gap Report.

Events

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.

COP26 Virtual Roundtable on Clean Power Transition

The UN Secretary-General will join national leaders, investors and others to explore how countries in Africa and Europe can speed up the shift from coal to clean power. Talks will cover a just transition, green jobs and financing, among other issues. Watch live on UNTV at 15:45 GMT.

One Planet Summit for Biodiversity

The One Planet Summit for biodiversity will kick off on 11 January. Global leaders will mobilize commitments to protect ecosystems and make links to human health. Read more. Media advisory. See the Secretary-General’s speech.

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.