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When delivering on agreements in the future, the world needs effective, efficient and well coordinated international institutions. This is particularly the case in the area of financing for climate change, both in terms of institutional arrangements and levels of funding. The entire UN system, through its Chief Executives Board, is committed to creating among its member institutions a strong and vibrant joint capacity to play its essential role.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of immediate and serious action to fight climate change, calling it “the defining challenge of our generation”.

Ban Ki-moon emphasizes that we are all part of the solution. Whether you are an individual, an organisation, a business or a government, there are many steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.  The climate crisis is upon us and we all have a historical responsibility to future generations. Our grandchildren will be our judges.
“The potential consequences for economic and social well-being are so profound that, for too long, many have preferred to simply avoid imagining the unimaginable. But there comes a time when denial is no longer an option. That time is now.”  
   (From report “UN Delivering as One” and the SG Message on the environment 2008)

Many UN agencies are actively responding to the climate challenge and are involved and engaged in different areas and aspects of climate change.  Click here to get a quick overview on the UN agencies and actors.

  • Acting on Climate Change, Delivering as One
  • UN Information Gateway
    The UN Information Gateway on climate change connects to all UN system entities active in climate change and cooperates with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The Gateway will be upgraded to include a searchable database of all UN system activities on climate change. www.un.org/climatechange


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