Climate Solutions

COVID-19 exposed the consequences of the failure to make sufficient progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change. We would have been in a better place if we had.

We must change course, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, or we risk missing the point where we can avoid the “disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.”

As we continue to tackle the pandemic, the enormity of the climate emergency can be daunting. What can one person or even one nation do on their own to reverse this challenge? Good news is that solutions do exist!

Women working on a tea plantation in Africa.
Industrial chimneys with smoke causing air pollution.

UN issues red alert

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

Young girls carry water from a source near Yangambi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

For security, act on climate

Climate shocks threaten stability, UN chief António Guterres told the Security Council, while UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged action to keep the world safe. British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough called for reaching a “new stable state”. Read more.

Triple emergencies: A blueprint to act

Making Peace with Nature, the latest UNEP report, synthesizes the science on climate, biodiversity loss and pollution. It calls for actions by all parts of society to protect both people and the planet. Read more.

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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. Read the story.

Secretary-General António Guterres attends a virtual meeting from his office with the Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.

To the Secretary-General: youth press for climate priorities

The seven members of the global Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change met with Secretary-General António Guterres for a spirited discussion on climate action priorities for 2021. Read more.

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An island for clean energy

Denmark’s largest construction project in its history is about to commence—an artificial wind energy island generating electricity for up to 10 million European households. Read full story

Bloomberg to be Special Envoy

The Secretary-General reappointed Michael R. Bloomberg of the United States as Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions. He will help grow the coalition committed to net-zero emissions. Read full story

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UN Secretary-General: Institutional Investors Crucial for Net Zero

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on investors who move much of the world’s money to set increasingly ambitious targets and adopt specific plans for achieving net-zero carbon emissions. Read more.

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The Race Is on for a Net-Zero Economy

UN climate champions have launched the Race to Zero Breakthroughs. It defines a roadmap with targets for over 20 key economic sectors, from aviation to steel production, to get to net-zero carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change. Read more.

two girls holding up Climate Action and No Poverty cards

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.

A boy makes a small house using plastic and debris. His home was completely swept away when Typhoon Goni hit the Philippines in November 2020.

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.

Portrait of Mark Carney

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.

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.Read the story.

Adaptation Gap Report launch

Escalate Adaptation

Progress on adapting to a warming world requires urgent action, according to UNEP’s 2020 Adaptation Gap Report. It was released the same day as a set of leading international datasets agreeing that 2020 was one of the three warmest years on record. What can you do? Check Act Now for a virtual reality journey into choices to live in balance with nature.

Tiger cubs in Mysore, India.

Rethink Our Relationship With Nature

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. Check out more.