UN on Climate Change

UN stands ready to assist following deadly earthquake in Mexico

19 September 2017 - 10:12pm
Secretary-General António Guterres voiced sadness at the loss of life and damage resulting from the earthquake that occurred in Mexico today, and expressed the readiness of the United Nations to assist.

Leaders meeting at UN underscore need to fast-track climate action

19 September 2017 - 9:18pm
Leaders from various levels of government, the private sector and civil society highlighted the need for climate action as they convened at United Nations Headquarters, where Secretary-General António Guterres warned that current pledges and plans are insufficient to keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees.

French initiative to create global environment pact deserves support, says Secretary-General

19 September 2017 - 6:50pm
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged global support for France’s initiative to create the first international legally binding document on the environment, at an event held on the margins of the annual leaders’ summit of the General Assembly.

As climate change makes bad weather worse, countries must strengthen resilience, UN officials urge

18 September 2017 - 5:08pm
Noting the ever-increasing impact of extreme weather events, top United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres and Miroslav Lajcak, the President of the General Assembly today urged efforts to boost resilience and strengthen damage mitigation measures.

On International Day, UN highlights importance of collective action to protect ozone layer

16 September 2017 - 1:00am
Commemorating the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the contributions of the Montreal Protocol &#8211 an international environment agreement on the elimination of ozone depleting substances.

Much of the planet’s land severely degraded owing to increased consumption, UN warns

12 September 2017 - 6:26pm
A new United Nations report warns that a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded thanks to a doubling in the consumption of natural resources over the past 30 years.

UN summit spotlights financial need to combat land degradation

6 September 2017 - 4:17pm
The head of the United Nations body tasked with addressing desertification today stressed the importance of financing for national commitments to combat land degradation, as a global summit on the issue got underway in China.

Ahead of Hurricane Irma, UNICEF preparing supplies and communication lines to youth

6 September 2017 - 12:31pm
If Irma stays on its current track as a category 5 hurricane, it will bring devastating damage within hours to parts of the Caribbean, affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today cautioned.

At start of World Water Week, UN Assembly President says water and sanitation goals need &#39major push&#39

28 August 2017 - 1:00am
Encouraging global action to support clean water and sanitation, United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson today underscored that when it comes to the environment, everything is connected.

UN notified of US intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

4 August 2017 - 1:00am
United Nations Secretary-General today received a notification from the delegation of the United States expressing the country&#39s intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change as soon as it is eligible to do so, his spokesman has confirmed.

UN joins international community to salute park rangers&#39 dedication and commitment

31 July 2017 - 1:00am
Park rangers across the world face increasing challenges and risks due to a surge in poaching and illicit trafficking in wildlife, the head of the United Nations entity on protection of endangered species today said, honouring the work of park rangers in protecting wild animals, plants and culture.

UN agency develops new guidelines to help countries better monitor forest resources

26 July 2017 - 1:00am
The United Nations agriculture agency has created new guidelines to help countries develop a strong mechanism to monitor national forest resources.

On International Day, UN spotlights threatened coastal mangrove ecosystems

26 July 2017 - 1:00am
Coastal mangroves are among the most imperiled ecosystems on earth, with current estimates indicating that up to 67 per cent have been lost to date &#8211 according to the United Nations science wing.

Japanese YouTube star Piko Taro makes first UN appearance, promotes Global Goals

18 July 2017 - 12:46pm
Japanese entertainer Piko Taro, famous for his “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” (PPAP) viral music video, has joined the ranks of celebrities who promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on behalf of Governments, the United Nations, civil society and other actors in the global development community.

&#39Smart&#39 money moving to &#39green&#39 financing, reveals new UN report

14 July 2017 - 1:00am
Even though investments towards sustainable development in developing countries have fallen short by nearly $2.5 trillion each year, emerging financial products and encouraging policies illustrate that both public and private sectors are serious about correcting that trend, the United Nations environment arm has said.

Eleven global banks partner with UN to make financial markets more climate transparent

11 July 2017 - 7:53pm
Representing over $7 trillion, eleven major financial institutions around the globe have joined forces with the United Nations to promote climate transparency in financial markets, the Organization’s environment wing said today.

Amid rising temperatures, UN agency launches video ‘forecasts’ on impact of climate change

5 July 2017 - 2:07pm
In a year already marked by heatwaves and new daily temperature records, the United Nations weather agency and television weather anchors have joined forces to create video forecasts that explore how climate change would make future summers even hotter in major cities of the world.

On Asteroid Day, UN space agency urges international cooperation against potential threat

30 June 2017 - 1:00am
A top United Nations official today urged the international community to come together to jointly raise awareness and develop a plan to mitigate the danger from a potential asteroid impact.

UN marks first ever Day of the Tropics with focus on region’s vulnerability

29 June 2017 - 1:23pm
The majority of the world’s most vulnerable communities are in the Tropics, and will be most affected by environmental threats, the United Nations today said, marking the first ever observance of the International Day of the Tropics.

Country-level action &#39new frontier&#39 for tackling soil pollution &#8211 UN agriculture agency

23 June 2017 - 1:00am
Nitrogen and metals, like lead and mercury, can strain farmable land by polluting soil, and damaging plants, and ultimately, posing risks to food security, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.