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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53rd bis Session of the IPCC (IPCC-53 bis)

Delegates sought to advance the intergovernmental process around the IPCC’s influential climate change reports despite the pandemic, the virtual setting, and simmering tensions.
Event 22 March 2021 - 26 March 2021

7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

The 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum met under the theme: Enabling Resilience for All: The Critical Decade to Scale-up Action, sharing learnings from actions towards climate-resilient development.
Event 8 March 2021 - 12 March 2021

High-Level Dialogue on Energy Technical Working Groups

The High-Level Dialogue on Energy is the first global gathering on energy under the auspices of the UN General Assembly since the UN Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy in 1981.
Event 22 February 2021 - 26 May 2021

Climate Ambition Summit 2020

On 12 December 2020, the United Nations, United Kingdom, and France, in partnership with Chile and Italy, will co-host a virtual Climate Ambition Summit 2020 to mark the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement.
Event 12 December 2020

59th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 59th Meeting of the GEF Council took place from 7-11 December 2020 as a virtual event, in line with continued health and safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event 4 December 2020 - 12 December 2020

UN Climate Change Dialogues 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and the 52nd meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been postponed until 2021.
Event 23 November 2020 - 4 December 2020

Coverage of Selected Side Events at the UN Summits Week 2020

The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly will open with a gathering of world leaders from 23-29 September, who will participate in a series of summits, high-level meetings and side events.
Event 22 September 2020 - 29 September 2020

58th Meeting of the GEF Council

Representatives of governments, international organizations, and civil society organizations (CSOs) came together in an online format for the 58th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed…
Event 2 June 2020 - 3 June 2020