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LIVE: Climate Ambition Summit

Live coverage of the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, an important step forward in the battle against the climate crisis, with several major economies announcing new commitments to cut their carbon footprints and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

What is the Climate Action Summit?

UN Secretary-General declares "state of climate emergency"

What is net zero?

What comes next?

News in Brief 1 September 2020

  • Arctic and Alps hit by scorching heat: WMO
  • Millions of children locked out of school due to COVID-19
  • Journalists play "lifesaving" role in pandemic pushback
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News in Brief 20 July 2020

  • Keynote Guterres speech slams inequality
  • Alarm raised over AC units and carbon emissions
  • Scale of COVID crisis in Sudan unknown
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Fall in COVID-linked carbon emissions won’t halt climate change - UN weather agency chief

An expected drop in greenhouse gas emissions linked to the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is only “short-term good news”, the head of the UN weather agency said on Wednesday. 

COVID-19 pandemic, an ‘unprecedented wake-up call’ for all inhabitants of Mother Earth

In his message for International Mother Earth Day this Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledged that all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic, which he flagged as “an unprecedented wake-up call”

News in Brief 16 April 2020

  • UN chief expresses solidarity for Africa as continent ‘braces’ for pandemic
  • Europeans remain in midst of storm, warns region’s UN health chief
  • ‘No evidence’ polio vaccine prevents COVID-19
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News in Brief 9 December 2019

  • Inequality risks splitting society apart ‘on scale not seen since industrial revolution’ 
  • Bachelet: mobilize everywhere to protect climate and dignity for everyone 
  • Official: it’s now a war crime to intentionally starve communities in civil wars 
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Hope for Myanmar, UN News sits down with new Assembly President, youth speak out on climate crisis

A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: Hope for justice in Myanmar rights violations; First major interview with new Assembly President; Youth activists want a platform in solving climate crisis; Five deaths every minute due to unsafe health care; Number of migrants outpacing world population growth.

News in Brief 17 September 2019

  • Justice for Myanmar generals is coming, rights experts insist
  • $50 million appeal for Ukraine households on contact line to keep winter at bay
  • World leaders should “take young people seriously” to fix planet’s climate crisis, says activist
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Friday's Daily Brief: Security Council Ebola response, UNICEF chief on 'devastating week' for children in Middle East and North Africa, climate and migration links

Our main stories today: Security Council concern over DRC Ebola outbreak, head of UNICEF deplores ‘devastating week’ for children in MENA region, climate crisis to have ‘extensive’ effect on human settlement