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For a livable planet 

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Towards net-zero emissions: how to ensure credibility and accountability

“Government or private sector commitments to net zero cannot be a mere public relations exercise," the UN Secretary-General has said. The ten recommendations outlined in his expert group’s report are a how-to guide for credible, accountable pledges and detail what non-State actors need to consider through each stage of their progress towards achieving net-zero emissions and addressing the climate crisis.

Why biodiversity matters

Ahead of the International Day of the Tropics (29 June), find out why protecting the diversity of life on Earth is essential for limiting carbon emissions and adapting to climate impacts.

Health and climate change

Climate change is expected to cause about 250,000 additional deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress. Reducing greenhouse gases can deliver big health benefits.

Experience the ocean

The ocean is the world’s greatest ally against climate change. On the occasion of World Oceans Day, dive in for a tour through the corals and experience a 360-degree underwater view!

Five things to know about forests

Forests are one of Earth’s most valuable ecosystems. They absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in trees, root systems and the soil, making forests a key ally in tackling climate change. Learn more here!

Climate action is working, but we are clearly off track. The Acceleration Agenda I proposed aims to make up for lost time.”

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How to defuse the climate time-bomb

There are multiple, feasible and effective options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate change, and they are available now, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

Climate-Resilient Rice Empowers Rural Gambia

Since joining Maruo Farms, a local rice production company in Gambia, Mariam's life has improved and she no longer struggles to make ends meet. She now recruits and supervises women farmers. She is proud to be part of the team working to make positive impact in rural Gambia. Learn how production of climate-resilient rice for the Gambian market is changing the lives of women and vulnerable groups.

Migration, the climate crisis, and human rights

A conversation with Felipe González Morales, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, on the impact of the climate emergency.

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Restoring nature’s resources for climate action

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Net Zero

What does it mean? Why is it important? And are we on track?

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Powering a safer future

Why shift to renewables like wind and solar? Find out here.

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Gambia: Hatching a plan for success

In rural areas of The Gambia, job opportunities are scarce, but villagers like Gidom Sabally are benefiting from practical training, gaining recognized qualifications, and setting up successful small businesses in their communities.

El Salvador: more trees and less water stress

Over the past decade, a local 1600-kilometre-long area, known as the Dry Corridor, has seen warming temperatures, severe drought, deforestation and land degradation. Local communities are working to restore the degraded ecosystem.

India: Community seed banks bring back millets

Scarce monsoon rains are the new normal in Bihar, Eastern India. The FAO funds a project that reintroduced millets and other crops that grow with little water through community seed banks. This helps farmers cope with climate change and supports their food security.


World Bicycle Day

How we choose to get from one place to another can have a large impact on carbon emissions. Biking is one of the most eco-friendly ways to move around. Learn more about sustainable transport options here.

World Environment Day

Our planet is choking on plastic. It’s time for change. This World Environment Day join the global effort to #BeatPlasticPollution. Learn about what you can do and take action for the planet here.

Sustainable Gastronomy Day

About one third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions is linked to food. Therefore, what we eat, and how that food is produced, affects not only our health but also the environment.  Learn more here.

Climate action starting now

Everyone has a role in climate action. At the United Nations, we are calling on people everywhere to work together to solve climate challenges and realize the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement. This website keeps up with actions taken by governments, businesses, civil society, youth and more in every part of the world.

It’s our planet, and while we know it is in crisis, we also know that solutions are in reach. Progress is already well underway, from more green energy to more secure food supplies. And the benefits are clear as well, such as green jobs, clean air and sounder economies. A more sustainable, prosperous world is in reach. Join us in taking action to claim it, starting now.