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May
6
2021

Press Release

Global Assessment: Urgent steps must be taken to reduce methane emissions this decade

A Global Methane Assessment released by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that human-caused methane emissions can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade.

April
29
2021

Press Release

UN launches the first artificial intelligence tool for rapid natural capital accounting

An innovative artificial intelligence (AI) tool that will make it easier for countries to measure the contributions of nature to their economic prosperity and well‑being was launched today by the United Nations and the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3).

April
21
2021

Press Release

Mark Carney, UN Race to Zero campaign and COP26 Presidency launch Net Zero Financial Alliance

The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), chaired by Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, unites over 160 firms (together responsible for assets in excess of US$70 trillion) from the leading net zero initiatives across the financial system to accelerate the transition to net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

April
15
2021

Statement

COP Bureau Agrees to Hold Virtual Meeting

The Bureau has agreed to hold a virtual meeting from 31 May 2021 to 17 June 2021. The three-week meeting, that follows the principle of maximizing progress and minimizing delay as previously endorsed by the Bureau, will allow to advance the extensive work that needs to be addressed in preparation for the Climate Conference COP26, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland at the end of the year.

April
9
2021

Press Release

UN Biodiversity Convention confirms dates for subsidiary body meetings critical to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Dates and modalities have been confirmed for the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24), and the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3), two meetings essential to the development of the post- 2020 global biodiversity framework to be agreed later this year in Kunming, China.

March
10
2021

Press Release

UN adopts landmark framework to integrate natural capital in economic reporting

In a move that may reshape decision and policy-making towards sustainable development, the United Nations adopted a new framework today that includes the contributions of nature when measuring economic prosperity and human well-being.

March
5
2021

Press Release

IPCC reschedules Working Group I approval session

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has rescheduled the approval session for the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) to 26-30 July 2021 from April.

March
2
2021

Press Release

Countries to consider ground-breaking change to economic reporting that includes natural capital

In a ground-breaking development that could fundamentally reorient economic and policy planning toward sustainable development, countries will begin consideration of a new system to measure economic prosperity and human well-being that includes the contributions of nature at the UN Statistical Commission today. The measure could move toward the process of adoption on Friday.

February
26
2021

Press Release

Greater Climate Ambition Urged as Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century.

February
23
2021

Press Release

Climate Change ‘Biggest Threat Modern Humans Have Ever Faced’, World-Renowned Naturalist Tells Security Council, Calls for Greater Global Cooperation

Climate change is a “crisis multiplier” that has profound implications for international peace and stability, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council today, amid calls for deep partnerships within and beyond the United Nations system to blunt its acute effects on food security, natural resources and migration patterns fuelling tensions across countries and regions.

February
17
2021

Media Advisory

UN Secretary-General António Guterres to mark U.S. reentry into Paris Agreement with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

The discussion with the Secretary-General and the Special Presidential Envoy will take place on Friday, 19 February, during the opening session of UNA-USA’s virtual 2021 Global Engagement Summit and will be moderated by Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation.

February
5
2021

Announcement

Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions

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

January
8
2021
Media Advisory

One Planet Summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, and President of the World Bank Group David Malpass, are organizing the fourth 'One Planet Summit' which will focus on biodiversity to mobilize commitments to protect ecosystems and make links to human health.

December
16
2020
Press Release

UN Secretary-General’s youth climate advisers urge green jobs-led COVID-19 recovery; warn against greenwashing, polluter bail-outs

The need for greater investments in green jobs is at the top of the youth climate agenda for 2021 according to a new report, compiled by the UN Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change and published today.

December
12
2020
Press Release

A Surge in Ambition and Action

On 12 December, global climate leaders took a major stride towards a resilient, net-zero emissions future, presenting ambitious new commitments, urgent actions and concrete plans to confront the climate crisis. 75 leaders from all continents outlined new commitments, a clear signal that the Paris Agreement is working to steeply increase climate action and ambition.

December
11
2020
Press Release

Achieve the Finance Goal

Meeting the pledge by developed countries to mobilize at least US$100 billion a year to support developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change, lagging even before the COVID-19 pandemic, requires urgent action, according to a new report by independent experts released today by the United Nations.

December
2
2020
Press Release

Cut the Coal

The world must cut fossil fuel production by 6 per cent per year to avoid the worst of global warming. Instead, countries are projecting an average annual increase of 2 per cent. Those are among the sobering findings of the latest Production Gap Report, issued by leading research organizations and the United Nations. The report urges making COVID-19 recovery a turning point, where countries should steer investments into changing course to avoid “locking in” dependence on polluting coal, oil and gas.

December
2
2020
Press Release

Warmer Than Ever

2020 will likely be one of three warmest years on record, according to the provisional 2020 WMO State of the Global Climate report. Ocean heat is at record levels. Extreme heat, wildfires and floods, as well as a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, have affected millions of people. Climate impacts are compounding threats to human health, security and economic stability posed by COVID-19. Even with pandemic lockdowns slowing economic activity, atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases continued to rise.

November
18
2020
OP-ED

Investors know: green is smart

Just a decade ago, the world’s largest public company was an oil giant. Now a renewable energy company has surpassed it in value. Investors are piling into clean energy and other green companies because they know climate action is increasingly profitable and key to a sustainable future. For a take by the head of the UN Global Compact, see Why it is smart to invest in the planet.

October
29
2020
WMO Announcement

The forecast: La Niña has begun

Expect changes in temperature, precipitation and storms for the coming year, as La Niña has officially begun, according to the World Meteorological Organization. It is predicted to have a moderate to strong impact, requiring geared-up measures to mitigate impacts on agriculture, health, water resources and other issues sensitive to climate shifts.

October
28
2020
Statement

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on ROK President Moon Jae-in’s net-zero announcement

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is very encouraged by President Moon Jae-in’s announcement of the Republic of Korea’s commitment to get to net zero emissions by 2050.

October
27
2020
List of participants

SG’s High-Level Climate Advisory Group

SG’s High-Level Climate Advisory Group UN Secretary-General António Guterres today convened the inaugural meeting of his High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Action to help guide accelerated climate action even as the COVID-19 crisis continues to present an enormous threat. The list of participants can be found here.

October
26
2020
Statement

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on Japanese Prime Minister Suga’s net-zero announcement

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is very encouraged by Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide's announcement of Japan’s commitment to get to net zero emissions by 2050.

October
13
2020
Press Release

State of Climate Services 2020 Report: Move from Early Warnings to Early Action

Over the past 50 years, more than 11,000 disasters have been attributed to weather, climate and water-related hazards, involving 2 million deaths and US$ 3.6 trillion in economic losses. Extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity as result of climate change and hit vulnerable communities disproportionately hard. Yet one in three people are still not adequately covered by early warning systems, according to the 2020 State of Climate Services report released on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

September
24
2020
Press Release

UN Secretary-General's Roundtable shows tide turning for climate action as governments, businesses and investors ramp up ambition

The UN Secretary-General today called for every government, business, civil and international organization in the world to develop a transition plan to net-zero emissions, and boost ambition in finance and adaption as an equal priority to cutting emissions, and the only way to reach the 1.5C temperature goal.

September
9
2020
Press Release

United in Science report: Climate Change has not stopped for COVID19

Climate change has not stopped for COVID19. This is according to a new multi-agency report from leading science organizations, United in Science 2020. The report highlights the increasing and irreversible impacts of climate change, which affects glaciers, oceans, nature, economies and human living conditions.

July
27
2020
Press Release

Seven young climate activists to take formal seat at UN table in Secretary-General’s new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the names of seven young climate leaders – between the ages of 18 and 28 years old – who will advise him regularly on accelerating global action and ambition to tackle the worsening climate crisis.

May
19
2020
Press Release

Over 150 global corporations urge world leaders for net-zero recovery from COVID-19

155 companies — with a combined market capitalization of over US$ 2.4 trillion and representing over 5 million employees — have signed a statement urging governments around the world to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science.

April
15
2020
Press Release

2020 UN Ocean Conference Postponed

In light of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and growing public health concerns, the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference, which was scheduled to take place from 2 to 6 June in Lisbon, Portugal, has been postponed per decision 74/548 adopted by the General Assembly on 13 April 2020.

April
1
2020
Press Release

COP26 postponed

The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19. Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties.

December
11
2019
Press Release

Amid worsening climate crisis, UN Secretary-General sets out top ten climate action priorities for 2020, vows to stay on frontlines

With the latest data showing global warming-causing emissions still on the rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres set out ten priority areas where much more action is needed to keep a 1.5C future within reach. The 2019 Climate Action Summit report, released today, cites need for major emitters to step up, urgency of no new coal, and jobs and a just transition, among other key priorities.

December
10
2019
Press Release

COP25 Must Change the Course of Climate Action and Ambition” - High-Level Segment Kicks Off

The High-Level Segment of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 kicked off today, with urgent reminders that the international community is running out of time to effectively tackle the climate crisis and must change course and step up ambition in order to prevent the worst climate impacts.

December
3
2019
Press Release

WMO: 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat and high-impact weather

The WMO provisional statement on the State of the Global Climate says that the year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities.

December
2
2019
Press Release

COP25 Kicks Off with Calls to Make Serious Progress on Climate Action

The UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid (to 13 December) kicked off today, with urgent calls to make serious progress on climate action over the next two weeks.

November
5
2019
Press Release

UN Climate Change Conference to be Held in Madrid on 2-13 December 2019

UNFCCC accepted the proposal from the Government of Chile to hold the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, which was made possible by the offer by the Government of Spain.

October
8
2019
Press Release

PreCOP25 to Raise Climate Ambition Through Sharing Best Practices

Costa Rica opened three days of exchanging best practices for climate action and discussions at PreCOP25 with a focus on raising the ambition required to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and adapting to the worst impacts of climate change.

October
4
2019
Press Release

Governments commit to shared climate action through Least Developed Countries Fund

To fortify global defenses against climate change, six donor countries have renewed their funding commitment to the world’s poorest countries through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), managed by the Global Environment Facility.