Climate Action Programme

Climate change presents an enormous threat to both our planet and all those that inhabit it. While the world's poorest countries and communities are most vulnerable to climate-related disasters, climate change will impact us all, threatening the stability of the global economy and sustainable development.

Despite the challenges presented by climate change, addressing it opens new opportunities to create a greener, more sustainable, and prosperous planet. We have the technology and knowledge to deliver meaningful climate action and limit the worst impacts of climate change. It is clear that the climate movement is building - we are seeing collective action at the grassroots level continue to grow, governments setting net-zero emissions targets, and now more than 900 companies committing to set science-based emissions reduction targets. Now is the time to take even bolder, more decisive action to ensure the transition to a low-carbon economy is just and fair, securing a sustainable future for all.

The United Nations Global Compact Network UK's Climate Action Programme aims to support businesses on their journey to a low-carbon economy. Businesses are an integral part of society and they have an essential role to play in the fight against climate change. Businesses are responsible for significant amounts of global greenhouse gas emissions; however, they are also well equipped and well-placed to drive innovation on reducing emissions and build a better future. Businesses already taking climate action have shown there are numerous benefits to be recognised - these include reduced operating costs; increased resource efficiency; enhanced reputation; greater access to capital; and improved resilience.

This year, the team will be encouraging companies to set ambitious targets for their carbon emissions reductions through the Business Ambition for 1.5°C initiative. Companies setting science-based targets show their commitment to limiting average global warming to 1.5°C and avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

We will be delivering a range of activities throughout the year covering topics such as:

  • Science-based targets
  • The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • De-carbonising logistics
  • Net zero
  • Scope 3 emissions
  • Just Transition
  • Climate, human rights and health

We welcome suggestions if there is anything you would like to see us cover in our Climate Action Programme. Please email:

COP 26 Confirmed Dates: 1st - 12th November 2021
Glasgow will host the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change's (UNFCCC) 26th 'Conference of the Parties' (COP26).

The UNFCCC entered into force in 1994. The 197 countries that have ratified the convention are called 'Parties to the Convention'. Preventing dangerous human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC. It binds member states to act in the interest of human safety, even in the face of scientific uncertainty. The ultimate objective of the convention is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations 'at a level that would prevent dangerous, anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system'. It also states that, 'such a level should be achieved within a timeframe sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to insure that food production is not threatened, and to enable economic develpment to proceed in a sustainable manner'.

Hourglass in the dawn time
Young woman with poster in front of people protesting about climate changing on the street. Meeting about problem in ecology, environment, global warming, industrial influence, climate emergency.
Rusty ship in a dried ocean. Concept of global warming and climate change

Initiatives Led by United Nations Global Compact Headquarters

Learn more about the climate initiatives led by United Nations Global Compact Headquarters in New York below:

Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better - Since its launch on 18 May 2020, 170+ Companies with a combined market capitalization of over US$ 2.4 trillion and representing over 5 million employees have signed a statement urging governments to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science. CEOs are invited to continue indicating their support by completing this online form.

Caring for Climate - Mobilizing a critical mass of business leaders to implement climate change solutions and help shape public policy, Caring for Climate is the world's largest initiative for business leadership on climate change with over 400 companies from 60 countries.

Business Ambition for 1.5°C - An urgent call to action, led by a global coalition of UN agencies, business, and industry leaders. The UN Global Compact is calling on companies to commit to ambitious emissions reduction targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Business Ambition for Climate and Health Action Platform - Accelerate ambitious climate action and explore what the climate-health nexus means for business in order to become a catalyst for country-level action to deliver on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Goals (SDGs).

In addition, the UN Global Compact has created a number of COVID-19 briefings detailing the impact of the pandemic on a range of sustainability issue areas including climate. Each briefing includes a variety of resources to help companies Build Back Better and Recover Stronger.

Latest from the UNFCCC

.@GWECGlobalWind's new report, #GOWR2020, finds that the #offshorewind industry could generate 900,000 #greenjobs through 2030, demonstrating its potential to drive a lasting and sustainable #GreenRecovery 👉 #RecoverBetter

What will a climate-resilient 🌍 look like?

Our food, transport, cities and homes: how could they change?

Share your inspiration! Join the adaptation art competition and showcase your vision for a healthy future here:

✅Mangroves are among the most productive #NatureBasedSolutions & an important tool in the fight against #ClimateChange

❌Pollution, exploitation, extreme weather, conversion to agriculture or aquaculture are important drivers of mangrove loss


Investors are going green 💚

70 investors, representing +$16 trillion in assets have developed a net zero investment framework. The goal: A transparent guide to help investors align their activities with the goals of the #ParisAgreement.



Ahead of #COP26, we urgently need more ambition on both climate change ambition and mitigation. 🌎

Not sure what #ClimateChange mitigation is?
The @UNFCCC climate dictionary has you covered 👇


Why we cannot delay #ClimateAction❓

Because concentrations of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are rapidly rising.

(Dataviz with data via @NOAA)

💚 #ClimateAction Matters 💚

Climate change affects every country in the world. It's disrupting economies, destroying ecosystems and threatening our future on this 🌎

To create a healthy future, we must increase our efforts now. | #GlobalGoals

🎙️ Panel Discussion 🎙️

To develop & implement effective policies to build resilience to #ClimateChange, public participation is indispensable.

Want to learn more about how it works? Register for our online event here:

🗓️ 4 August
⏰ 14:00 (CEST)

Delegates & observers to the UNFCCC are missing the possibilities of physical interaction due to the COVID-19 crisis, but they are taking forward important work on #ClimateAction virtually.

On #FriendshipDay we're celebrating the many bonds that have grown over the years.

For countries to green their economies and build resilience to climate change, they need to embark on a #climatetech
“journey” - from the indentification of needs to full implementation.

We've just launched 3 publications describing that journey:

The #ClimateNeutralNow initiative helps organizations & citizens achieve carbon neutrality through 3 simple steps.

With close to 400 signatories, the momentum towards achieving a carbon neutral 🌎 by 2050 at the latest is growing. #RaceToZero


From Milan to New York and Bogotá: The toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has been heavy. But some cities have also been creating spaces for healthier & more sustainable ways of moving and living in urban areas. #RecoverBetter

📸 by @BrentToderian | @demescope | @UMVbogota


The @UN's Sustainable Development Goal number 16 is "Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions"

Read how strong institutions and strong measures against corrupton are needed for Sustainable Development and for effective #ClimateAction:

Join us Wednesday 29 July for the first of a series of regional virtual events on climate education and the role of youth in climate action. We will kick off the series with a focus on Europe and Central Asia, from 13:00 - 16:00 CEST. Details: #ACEDialogue

.@DeutscheBank and many other banks are stepping up action to protect the climate and their investments. Are you ready to join the #racetozero greenhouse gas emissions?

Today at 14.00 - 16.30 hours CEST, as part of our series on the role of national gender & climate change focal points: a workshop on Effective Verbal Communication.

📺Follow live (also without registration):
Background #ActOnTheGap

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Latest from UK COP26

They fight injustice.
They speak up for their communities.
They persist in the face of discrimination.

On 9 August, #IndigenousDay, let’s honour indigenous women who show us the way to a better future with their voice, agency & activism. #WeAreIndigenous

This week @AlokSharma_RDG was in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 to meet with some of our key #COP26 Glasgow partners.

COP26 will be the largest international event that the 🇬🇧 has ever hosted, and will present a huge opportunity to showcase the UK, and Glasgow, to the 🌏.


Our 🇬🇧 🇨🇴 Climate Partnership is 1 year old and helping to protect the lungs of our planet 🌎

38,265 hectares of forest was saved in 2019 🌴

That's 19% more than in 2018 and the size of more than 50,000 football pitches 👏


Elle lutte depuis plus de 20 ans pour la protection de l'environnement et les droits des peuples autochtones, en sillonnant les villages de son pays, le Tchad, et en portant son combat sur la scène internationale.

Voici la vie d'Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim.

Esta mañana estos jóvenes muy comprometidos me contaron sobre el gran proyecto de @SEDEMA_CDMX para restaurar los arboles endémicos del @ChapultepecCDMX y crear un banco de semillas indígenas. ¡Felicidades! 🌳 🌎 @COP26 #Forests


Indigenous people have worked to protect ecosystems & prevent the spread of diseases since long before #COVID19.

Ahead of Sunday's #IndigenousDay, see how indigenous people & traditional knowledge can help reduce the risk of future pandemics. via @IFAD

“The pandemic has reminded us of how connected healthcare and climate change are,” says @karaowen in a #climateconversation with @GovInsider
👉Read her interview at that discusses green finance, #COP26 & international collaborations for a #GreenRecovery 🌏

'We have to make big, big changes' - @HectorBellerin

Join Hector and other leading environmental advocates for Race Against Climate Change LIVE. It takes place today at 2.30pm BST. 🌍

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Yesterday #COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG visited Llŷr Jones' Farm in Derwydd 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿.

The farm is taking significant actions to mitigate its climate impact, including:

☀️ production of #RenewableEnergy
🌳 a tree planting project
🐦 protection of local wildlife & biodiversity.

Yesterday #COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG visited Llŷr Jones' Farm in Derwydd 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿.

The farm is taking significant actions to mitigate its climate impact, including:

☀️ production of #RenewableEnergy
🌳 a tree planting project
🐦 protection of local wildlife & biodiversity.

Why we cannot delay #ClimateAction❓

Because concentrations of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are rapidly rising.

(Dataviz with data via @NOAA)

Hugely insightful visit to Llŷr Jones' Farm today in Derwydd 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

I spoke with owner @LlyrDerwydd on the significant actions they're taking to mitigate their climate impacts and @NFUCymru on the importance of farmers in the transition to #NetZero.

#TacklingClimateChange | @COP26

Ahead of #COP26, we urgently need more ambition on both climate change ambition and mitigation. 🌎

Not sure what #ClimateChange mitigation is?
The @UNFCCC climate dictionary has you covered 👇


Did you know that forests cover nearly 1/3 of land globally?

Check out our interactive report to find out more on how #forests have changed in the last 30 years 👉


Extreme weather 🌊🌧
Desert Locusts 🦗
COVID-19 🦠

The triple threat in 🇰🇪 and East Africa. One that we’re working with partners like @icpac_igad, so people can adapt to future shocks

@COP26 @Environment_Ke @FAOKenya


We’ve been selected with our partner @CrowberryEnergy as #sustainability consultant for #COP26 in Glasgow next year. We will work closely with the FCO & UN representatives to deliver a sustainable @COP26 with a lasting legacy.

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