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The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day, Accelerating Urban Action for a Carbon-Free World, recognizes that cities are responsible for some 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions with transport, buildings, energy, and waste management accounting for the bulk of urban greenhouse gas emissions. Events and activities during World Habitat Day will explore how national, regional and local governments and organizations, communities, academic institutions, the private sector and all relevant stakeholders can work together to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns.

Illustration of a family enjoying time outside their home that has solar panels installed on its roof.

The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day, Accelerating Urban Action for a Carbon-Free World, recognizes that cities are responsible for some 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions with transport, buildings, energy, and waste management accounting for the bulk of urban greenhouse gas emissions. Events and activities during World Habitat Day will explore how national, regional and local governments and organizations, communities, academic institutions, the private sector and all relevant stakeholders can work together to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns.

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Malaysia is helping to protect the ozone layer by taking measures to control total global production and consumption of substances that deplete it.

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People pack up and leave their homes for many reasons – economic, social, political – and these drivers are often interconnected. A more complete picture of patterns of mobility must now include those moving due to climate change – a trend expected to increase over time - as people journey from one part of their countries to another. Over 216 million people could move within their countries by 2050 across six regions, according to the World Bank’s latest Groundswell report.

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2020 was the hottest year on record. Climate and environmental hazards are having devastating impacts on the well-being and future of children. UNICEF is teaming up with young climate activists to raise awareness about climate change and the need to act.

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In West and Central Africa, climate change is experienced through rising temperatures, droughts and destructive floods, strongly affecting people’s well-being. The United Nations mobilizes and coordinates humanitarian assistance to people in need worldwide.

Transforming the way our world produces energy will be critical to tackling both the climate crisis and the energy access crisis. Now, 80 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions stems from our energy production, making it one of the main drivers of climate change. And 760 million people live without electricity, while 2.6 billion cook with dirty, unhealthy fuels. A global roadmap to 2030 has been proposed.

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No one escapes the harrowing, heartbreaking consequences of climate change, and the number of people needing humanitarian assistance will double by 2030 because of it. This isn’t a competition on who suffers most when nature responds violently to the abuses perpetrated by mankind. But vulnerable and marginalized groups like women – who make up the majority of the global poor and whose livelihoods are largely dependent on natural resources among other risk factors – are exposed to particular calamities.

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A disaster related to a weather, climate or water hazard occurred every day on average over the past 50 years – killing 115 people and causing US$ 202 million in losses daily, according to a comprehensive new report from the World Meteorological Organization. The number of disasters has increased by a factor of five over the 50-year period, driven by climate change, more extreme weather and improved reporting. But, thanks to improved early warnings and disaster management, the number of deaths decreased almost three-fold.

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There’s no denying it - we must tackle the climate emergency. Ending burning fossil fuels to get energy will take solutions in every industry, at every scale, in every nation in the world. No Denying It, is the UN climate action podcast, bringing you the voices of young climate changemakers from across our warming planet. Produced by UN News, this first episode, presents Old Crow, home of the Yukon’s new solar installation project, which, when complete, will allow the community to stop burning nearly 200,000 litres of diesel fuel annually.

The consequences of climate change spare no one. The devastating effects are widespread. During climate crises, gender-based violence increases. Rates of child marriage rise. Maternal and birth outcomes worsen. We must work together to end the climate crisis. UNFPA calls to defend our shared planet and help protect the most vulnerable.

 

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There’s no denying there’s a climate crisis, and the UN is leading a call to action. Now you can stay updated on the latest developments from UN News. In November, world leaders are heading to the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow to address ways to tackle our current climate challenges. The science, the Paris Agreement, the political negotiations... there's a lot that needs to be explained. In each instalment of this newsletter, we want to deliver the key information you need, to be an active participant in the battle to prevent global heating from destroying our world.