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22 04 2021 | 10:11

UN warns of climate ‘abyss’ as 2020 confirmed as one of 3 hottest years on record.

2020 was one of the three hottest years on record, marked by wildfires, droughts, floods and melting glaciers, a United Nations report said on Monday, prompting the U.N. Secretary-General to say the…

03 04 2021 | 07:05

Italy to set the stage for UN Food Systems Summit with three-day event that will deliver bold new ambitions.

Wednesday 17 March, ROME - The United Nations and the Government of Italy announced today that the Pre-Summit gathering for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit will be in Rome, Italy from July 19 to July…

12 03 2021 | 10:59

5 Things to Know About Carbon-Free Buildings and Construction.

We spend 90% of our time in the buildings where we live and work, shop and conduct business, in the structures that keep us warm in winter and cool in summer. But immense energy is required to…

12 03 2021 | 10:31

Cancel all planned coal projects globally to end ‘deadly addiction’, says UN chief.

Call comes at event hosted by UK government, which is under pressure over planned coalmine in Cumbria. All planned coal projects around the world must be cancelled to end the “deadly addiction” to…

07 03 2021 | 07:43

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

New statistical framework linking economy and the environment would go beyond GDP to drive policy decisions 

03 03 2021 | 10:23

Human destruction of nature is 'senseless and suicidal', warns UN chief.

UN report offers bedrock for hope for broken planet, says António Guterres. Humanity is waging a “senseless and suicidal” war on nature that is causing human suffering and enormous economic losses…

03 03 2021 | 09:43

UN Sounds 'Red Alert' for National Climate Goals.

"Today's interim report from the UNFCCC is a red alert for our planet," said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

25 02 2021 | 07:48

UN Releases Scientific Blueprint to Address Climate Emergencies.

As the United Nations on Thursday released a report on the triple emergency of the climate crisis, the destruction of wildlife and habitats, and 

25 02 2021 | 07:10

"Addressing climate-related security risks to international peace and security through mitigation and resilience building." - Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council

[Watch the video on webtv.un.org] Mr. President, Excellencies,  I thank the British Presidency for convening this debate, and for your invitation to brief on a subject of grave concern. The…

17 02 2021 | 09:33

UN says lack of proper infrastructure planning is costly and hurts COVID-19 recovery, climate action, and SDGs.

New UN guide shows how governments can use long-term infrastructure planning starting today to save money, increase efficiency, and promote sustainability

17 02 2021 | 08:08

UN chief urges leaders to start Cop26 climate negotiations online.

António Guterres says Covid pandemic must not halt preparatory work for key summit in Glasgow. Governments must step up their efforts ahead of vital climate talks this year by agreeing to negotiate…

06 02 2021 | 12:42

Rich countries must update financial vows to tackle climate crisis, says UN.

Patricia Espinosa says fulfilling $100bn-a-year promise must be top priority to support developing world. Rich countries must step up with fresh financial commitments to help the developing world…

29 01 2021 | 09:29

World leaders shine spotlight on ‘neglected’ topic of climate adaptation at summit.

Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau among leaders to attend first global summit focused on adapting to climate crisis World leaders met at a virtual summit on Monday to discuss the…

15 01 2021 | 10:20

UN: Secretary-General's remarks to the One Planet Summit

  Dear friends, 2021 must be the year to reconcile humanity with nature. Until now, we have been destroying our planet. We have been abusing it as if we had a spare one. Our current resource use…

15 01 2021 | 10:01

Abusing our planet as if we had a spare one’: UN chief leads call for action on nature crisis at summit.

Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau were among world leaders pledging to tackle wildlife loss at One Planet Summit. The UN secretary-general has urged countries to do more to tackle the world’s climate…

30 12 2020 | 12:18

Global rich must cut their carbon footprint 97% to stave off climate change, UN says.

This year's economic shutdowns have done little to reduce the world's carbon emissions. While pollution has dipped, greenhouse gases keep accumulating in the atmosphere, locking in future decades of…

27 12 2020 | 07:35

Young Champions Of The Earth: Lefteris Arapakis - Fishing for plastic.

Lefteris Arapakis comes from a long line of fishers. For five generations his family has plied the bountiful waters off southern Greece, netting the same cod and red mulls that have sustained Greeks…

20 12 2020 | 07:50

UN youth advisors urge action on a green jobs-led COVID-19 recovery.

New report today sets out most urgent climate actions for world leaders in 2021, amid rising climate and unemployment anxiety among “Generation COVID”

17 12 2020 | 12:41

Estimating and tracking the remaining carbon budget for stringent climate targets.

Abstract Research reported during the past decade has shown that global warming is roughly proportional to the total amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. This makes it possible to…

15 12 2020 | 08:08

UN Urges World Leaders to Declare 'Climate Emergency' at Virtual Climate Summit.

World leaders should declare a "climate emergency" in their countries to spur action to avoid catastrophic global warming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in opening remarks at a climate…