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COP21: UN chief launches initiative to build climate resilience of world’s most vulnerable countries

On the opening day of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), dozens of announcements were made in Paris by Governments and leaders of the public and private sectors, all aiming to generate climate solutions and build a sustainable future.

Agriculture less of a “toxic issue” in climate change discussions

Agriculture is becoming less of a “toxic issue” in climate change discussions according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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COP21: Ban tells world leaders ‘a political moment like this may not come again’

Speaking at the opening of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) which seeks to reach a new universal agreement to protect people and planet, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a political moment like this may not come again.

Pope Francis calls for strong climate agreement during visit to UN office in Nairobi

During a visit to UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Pope Francis today called on world leaders to seal a strong agreement at the upcoming UN climate change conference (COP21), stating that transforming current development models is a "political and economic obligation."

Surge in climate change-related disasters poses growing threat to food security – UN

Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the last three decades, increasing the damage caused to the agricultural sectors of many developing countries and putting them at risk of growing food insecurity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today in a new report.

On eve of Paris climate summit, UN weather agency delivers 'bad news' for planet, cites record heat

In the last major report before world leaders meet in Paris to draft measures to counter global warming, the United Nations weather agency today delivered “bad news for the planet,” warning that 2015 is likely to be the warmest year on record, breaching the symbolic and significant milestone of 1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

Children will bear the brunt of climate change – UNICEF report

More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the impacts of climate change, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report released ahead of the 21st United Nations climate change conference, known as COP21.

UN report finds 90 per cent of disasters are weather-related

A new report issued today by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that over the last 20 years, 90 per cent of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

COP21 must be ‘turning point to a low-emission, climate-resilient future’– UN official

The United Nations climate change conference, widely known as COP21 must be the turning point towards a low-emission, climate-resilient future, the top UN official dealing with climate issues said today just days before the start of the international gathering in Paris, France.

Indigenous peoples’ voices must be heard at Paris climate change conference, UN agency says

Indigenous peoples own, occupy or manage up to 65 per cent of the Earth’s land surface, yet they have largely been excluded from national plans prepared for next month’s United Nations climate change conference in Paris, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is working to address the issue.