Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to pay around $15 million (£11.6m) to cover America’s financial commitment to the Paris climate deal. The billionaire’s charitable organisation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, will provide the funding Mr Bloomberg says the UN will lose because of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out from the landmark Paris […]

Uzbekistan submits new climate action plan to UN

Uzbekistan has submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) means there is “near universal participation” of countries in the Paris climate agreement. This takes the number of nations having formally submitted their INDCs to the UN to 163. UNFCCC Executive Secretary […]

UN seeks partners to reduce COP23 environmental footprint

The UN is seeking to establish partnerships in a number of areas, including sustainability, for the COP23 climate conference. The climate change secretariat is inviting stakeholders, including the private sector, in support of the upcoming conference to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 6th to 17th November 2017. Thousands of government delegates and leaders from […]

Global warming health risks on the rise, warns UN

Health risks caused by climate change are on the rise across the world, especially in vulnerable populations. That’s according to a new report from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which suggests a co-ordinated international response could help prevent some of its worst impacts. The report highlights how certain groups have higher […]

UN partners up to assess green targets

The UN’s climate branch has forged a sustainable partnership with a standards and certification body. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Gold Standard will work together to assist organisations, including businesses and cities, in setting green targets, assessing the environmental impacts of their actions and fighting climate change. James Grabert, Director of the UNFCCC, said: “Governments […]

UN aims to help farmers combat climate change

Two UN departments have teamed up to help strengthen nations’ abilities to craft agriculture strategies to tackle climate change. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have signed an agreement to help countries adapt to and mitigate the impact of global temperatures and meet their pledges to […]

UN: Next two years critical for low carbon transition

The next two years must see major progress towards global low carbon and sustainable development. That’s the view of Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who says there is “no safe hiding place” for any country, developing or developed. Countries across the globe have so far signed up […]

UN-Korea announce training for climate action transparency

A new professional training programme on the transparency of climate action and support has been launched. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Republic of Korea Greenhouse Gas Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide professional training on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories to national experts from developing countries. GHG inventories […]

UN: Climate change poses increasing risks to global security

Climate change is emerging as one of the biggest threats to global security, the UN warns. It states the impacts are seen across the globe, with rapidly receding Arctic sea ice, drought in the Middle East and a major heatwave in Australia. California has also been impacted by severe drought and is currently suffering from […]

France delivers long term climate plan to UN

France has submitted its long term climate action plan under the Paris Agreement to the UN. It includes a 40% target reduction in emissions by 2030 and a 75% fall by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. Under the Paris deal, nations agreed to try to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C. France joins […]