climate crisis

From the Field: ‘climate-smart’ development in an uncertain world

Today, when the UN plans initiatives to help vulnerable communities become more resilient, the climate crisis has to be part of the equation. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is connecting the dots between people and the impacts that climate change is having on their lives.

Burkina Faso facing ‘multitude of challenges’ – human rights chief Bachelet

Concluding a four-day to visit Burkina Faso, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the country faces “a multitude of challenges with severe impacts on a wide range of human rights of its people”.

News in Brief 11 October 2021

  • Yemen’s future still fragile, warns senior aid official
  • Deadly new Ebola virus outbreak confirmed in DR Congo
  • Countries bear cross-border responsibility for harmful climate impacts, says UN Child Rights Committee 
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UN chief: Window to avert devasting climate impacts ‘rapidly closing’

No region is immune to climate disasters the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, warning that “our window of opportunity” to prevent the worst climate impacts is “rapidly closing”.

Climate action essential to cool ‘season of fire and floods’ worldwide: Deputy UN chief 

With extreme weather events increasingly impacting countries across the world, the deputy UN chief on Monday underlined the importance of limiting temperature rise to the internationally agreed goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. 

COVID, natural hazards and climate crisis in Asia and the Pacific expand ‘riskcape’

The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic with natural hazards, made worse by climate change, has reshaped and expanded the disaster “riskscape” in Asia and the Pacific, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the UN’s regional commission there.

News in Brief 2 August 2021

  • Libyan coastal road reopening welcomed by UN chief
  • UN envoy concerned by increased violence in southwest Syria
  • Launch of #TheHumanRace UN-led campaign for climate action
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News in Brief 27 January 2021

  • UNICEF chief’s appeal for access to children caught up in Ethiopia’s Tigray
  • Tens of thousands in northwest Syria lose shelters after floods
  • ‘Biggest’ climate change poll reveals most people believe it is a ‘global emergency'
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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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