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General Assembly week: What’s ahead on climate

Climate change will feature prominently during events linked to the annual high-level week of the General Assembly. As presidents, prime ministers and other leaders arrive in New York and online, here’s what to look out for.

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Leading economies must step up now

With climate change a code red for humanity, the UN Chief urged leading economies to close gaps in emissions, adaptation and climate finance. Their immediate action can lead the world towards a sustainable and resilient future.

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Country action plans fall short of Paris goals

The latest synthesis of national climate action plans finds some progress, but overall plans are falling short in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing temperature rise.

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IPCC: The time to act is now

Climate changes are occurring in every region and globally, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. There is still time to act, but it must happen immediately.

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Track the net-zero coalition

Who’s in the growing global coalition for net-zero emissions? Our new page tracks net-zero commitments. It explains how and why we need rapid action to keep a livable climate.

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It is time for leaders to stand and deliver or people in all countries will pay a tragic price.”

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Join #TheHumanRace

The climate crisis doesn’t affect everyone equally. People in vulnerable communities are losing their homes, livelihoods and lives. For World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, join #TheHumanRace, a global challenge for climate action in solidarity with people who need it most.

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Nico Rosberg: Sports for climate action

F1 World Champion and Sustainability Entrepreneur Nico Rosberg talks about leaving the world a better place for the next generation.

Sunita Narain: Building a resilient world

Leading Indian environmentalist Sunita Narain explains how we must act on the climate crisis, as a matter of justice.

No Denying It episode 4: Kyne introduces Mat dos Santos

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No Denying It episode 2: Edward Norton introduces Nzambi Matee

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What is climate change?

Our climate 101 offers a quick take on the how and why of climate change.

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Climate action fast facts

Explore how climate intersects with issues from food to energy to jobs.

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Climate leaders

Interviews capture the latest thinking on climate talks, science and action.

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Drop coal or climate change will ‘wreak havoc’ across Australian economy

Climate change will “wreak havoc” across the Australian economy if coal is not rapidly phased out, a senior UN official warned on Monday. 

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Blue sky thinking: 5 things to know about air pollution

COVID-19 lockdowns brought rapid and “unprecedented” improvements in air quality in some parts of the world - but not enough to halt climate change caused by global warming, UN weather experts said on Friday. To mark the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, on 7 September, UN News explains how bad it is and what is being done to tackle it.

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Air quality improvements from COVID lockdowns confirmed

COVID-19 lockdowns brought rapid and “unprecedented” improvements in air quality in some parts of the world - but not enough to halt climate change caused by global warming, UN weather experts said on Friday.

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Events

Deputy Secretary-General’s Virtual Youth Dialogue on Climate

Youth leaders will convene with the UN Deputy Chief to push for action on climate finance and adaptation. Find out more.

Food Systems Summit 2021

The UN Food Systems Summit, held during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 23, is setting the stage for global food systems transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Find out more.

High-level Dialogue on Energy

The High-level Dialogue on Energy in 2021 represents the first global gathering on energy under the auspices of the General Assembly since the UN Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy held in Nairobi in 1981. 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.