Climate Change

Climate change is the long-term alteration of temperature and weather patterns. Unexpected changes in weather patterns make it difficult to maintain and grow crops in regions that rely on farming because expected temperature and rainfall levels can no longer be counted on. Climate change has also been connected with other damaging weather events, such as more frequent and more intense hurricanes, typhoons, floods, downpours, and winter storms. Climate change is largely caused by human activity, primarily the burning of fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas. Carbon emissions from fossil fuels, methane, and nitrous oxide, among others, are called “greenhouse gases.” When released into the Earth’s atmosphere, these gases trap heat from the sun’s rays causing Earth’s average temperature to rise. This rise in the planet's temperature is called global warming. While the climate has continually changed throughout the Earth's history, it has usually been a slow process over thousands of years. Climate change caused by human activity is occurring at a much faster and more dangerous rate.

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60th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 60th meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a Work Program comprising 33 projects and three programs.
Event 14 June 2021 - 18 June 2021

GEF Consultations with Civil Society

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council participated in a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) on the theme, “Enhancing Climate Resilience: The Role of Civil Society, and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities".
Event 11 June 2021

2021 Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The Subsidiary Bodies (SBs) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convened for the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event 31 May 2021 - 17 June 2021

2021 P4G Seoul Summit

The 2021 P4G Summit aimed to be a “catalytic moment for collective action” towards net zero.
Event 30 May 2021 - 31 May 2021

Green Future Week

Green Future Week in 2021 focused on 10 different components of a green future for all: carbon neutrality, the Green New Deal, civil society, oceans, biodiversity, business, green technology, forests, green finance, and future generations.
Event 24 May 2021 - 29 May 2021