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: amy.collins@unglobalcompact.org.uk.

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'.

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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

At the #ClimateDialogues, @UN Climate Chief @PEspinosaC highlighted the importance of long-term climate finance.

"The @UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues happening right now are an important step on the journey to #COP26." 🌏

Watch UK Lead Climate Negotiator @archieyounguk explain the significance of the Dialogues in increasing momentum for greater climate ambition below 👇

#TogetherForOurPlanet

Today is day 5 of the #ClimateDialogues, an important two-week series of virtual events to maintain momentum for climate action and increased climate ambition in the run-up to the @UN Climate Conference #COP26

Check out the schedule: https://bit.ly/37bUgfg

⏰ STARTING SOON!

Join us at 19:45 CET at the UN #ClimateDialogues to hear directly from the winners of the @UNFCCC’s Global Climate Action Awards, under the "Women for Results" category.

Register 👉 https://cd2020reg.unfccc.int

Or watch live on our Twitter page.

See you soon!

Was glad to speak today about the integration of gender into climate policy and action during Day 4 of the @UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues.
We need not only to build a cleaner, greener, healthier future, but also one that is more inclusive and equal. It is time to #ActOnTheGAP.

I welcome Russia’s 🇷🇺 submission of its first NDC and adaptation communication which clearly lay out policies and measures to support the NDC implementation.

Women remain underrepresented in national and international decision-making.

Today at the #ClimateDialogues, delegates are hearing about the Gender Action Plan, which promotes gender equality in the UNFCCC process. #ActOnTheGAP

📣Today we celebrate winners of the 2020 @UN #ClimateAction awards, showcasing solutions led by women from Lebanon to Brazil to Hawaii to Thailand.

Tune in at 19:45 CET at the #ClimateDialogues. Register now 👉🏾 https://cd2020reg.unfccc.int

📣 TODAY we will celebrate & recognize 5 award-winning #ClimateSolutions led by women - from Lebanon to Brazil to Hawaii to Thailand - at the #ClimateDialogues.

Tune in at 19:45 CET to hear from @HIHngo, @elementalexcel, @Rise_2030 and more!

Register 👉https://cd2020reg.unfccc.int

The UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues Virtual Expos space features an array of posters, special events and inspiring videos.

Come on in and have a look! Access is free to everyone who registers - and that just takes a minute:

📱💻https://un.thevirtual.show/lobby

Check out the schedule for day 4 of the #ClimateDialogues, an important two-week series of virtual events to maintain momentum for climate action and increased climate ambition: https://bit.ly/CDday4.

A highlight today: showcasing women's leadership on climate change

At the UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues today, @PEspinosaC highlighted the importance of harnessing the collective knowledge, experience and contributions of Indigenous Peoples in building a more sustainable and resilient planet. More about the special platform: https://unfccc.int/LCIPP

Join us TOMORROW for a special event to learn from the award-winning projects proving that women are leading the way on #ClimateAction worldwide!

🕒 Thurs 26 Nov, 19:45 CET
📍 Jupiter Hall

Register: https://cd2020reg.unfccc.int/

#ActOnTheGap #ClimateDialogues

We do #ClimateAction news and social media in English, Spanish, French and Russian.

Check out the list of top websites and social media accounts relevant for the UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues + how to participate

📱 💻 https://bit.ly/376JIhp

Today is day 3 of the #ClimateDialogues, an important two-week series of virtual events to maintain momentum for climate action and increased climate ambition in the run-up to the @UN Climate Conference #COP26

Check out today's schedule: https://bit.ly/3fvteDa

At the ongoing UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues, developed and developing countries are sharing the latest information on their climate actions, in the Multilateral Assessment https://unfccc.int/MA and Facilitative Sharing of Views https://unfccc.int/FSV

Mandal Bidar collected plastic trash from the beaches of Agadir with other students.

Watch her tell her story in this epic video 🎥 produced with the help of @WPP and running on our virtual conference platform during the #ClimateDialogues this week: https://bit.ly/3nSV2EB

Today is day 2 of the #ClimateDialogues, an important series of virtual events to maintain momentum for climate action and increased climate ambition in the run-up to the @UN Climate Conference #COP26 .

Check out today's schedule: https://bit.ly/373h5Sf

Delighted to speak at the opening of the @UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues today.

The Dialogues will be key for driving progress across all three pillars of the #ParisAgreement, and accelerating action in #TacklingClimateChange ahead of #COP26.

Watch a clip of my speech 👇

At the opening ceremony of the UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues today, the international community came together in common purpose to act on climate change.

This is how visual strategist @stephaniesaloli captured the essence of what people said #ClimateVisualStories

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Latest from UK COP26

Great to chair the first Zero Emission Vehicle Transition Council today 🚗

As hosts of #COP26, the UK is committed to accelerating the transition to clean road transport.

Read the joint statement from the meeting ⬇️

#TacklingClimateChange

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/joint-statement-of-the-zero-emission-vehicle-transition-council

⏰Starting in 1 hour...

Join us for a #ClimateDialogues session on updating #NDCs organised by 🇨🇱 @COP25CL & 🇬🇧 @COP26

We’re encouraging all countries to come forward with enhanced NDCs. Watch this session to hear lessons from 🇯🇲 🇲🇳 🇳🇴 🇷🇼 🇹🇴

https://unfccc.int/event/preparing-new/updated-ndcs-in-2020-experiences-and-lessons-learned

The @COP26 president @AlokSharma_RDG is delivering his keynote speech for our #Makingitcount event

"We must make this the most inclusive COP ever."

Alok says the @COP26 presidency will focus on five areas:

🌿restoring nature
💪Adaptation and resilience
🚆clean transport
⚡️clean energy
💷green finance

#Makingitcount

"The @UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues happening right now are an important step on the journey to #COP26." 🌏

Watch UK Lead Climate Negotiator @archieyounguk explain the significance of the Dialogues in increasing momentum for greater climate ambition below 👇

#TogetherForOurPlanet

Looking forward to speaking at next week's #TokyoForum2020Online on the theme of Global Commons Stewardship in the Anthropocene, to discuss ways to unlock systems transformation.

Register here: https://www.tokyoforum.tc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/index.html #RaceToZero #UTokyo_Tokyo_Forum @UTokyo_forum

Yesterday the #EnvironmentBill concluded its Committee stage in the @HouseofCommons.

It’s now one step closer to becoming law and is an important vehicle for delivering our 25 Year Environment Plan: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan

#TogetherForOurPlanet

🇬🇧 #COP26 Envoy @JohnMurton @REInvestIndia promoted the vital role of business in driving #cleanenergy transition & #climateaction, encouraged companies to join the global #RaceToZero movement, & looked forward to the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 as a key milestone.

#COP26Action

"The @UNFCCC #ClimateDialogues happening right now are an important step on the journey to #COP26." 🌏

Watch UK Lead Climate Negotiator @archieyounguk explain the significance of the Dialogues in increasing momentum for greater climate ambition below 👇

#TogetherForOurPlanet

2021 is a landmark year for UK leadership on climate. 🌏

🗣️ Join the @GreenAllianceUK #MakingItCount event today from 9am BST to hear from #COP26 president @AlokSharma_RDG, @UKLabour leader @Keir_Starmer & more.

Register here:
👉 https://bit.ly/3nC0QlE

#TogetherForOurPlanet

Today is day 5 of the #ClimateDialogues, an important two-week series of virtual events to maintain momentum for climate action and increased climate ambition in the run-up to the @UN Climate Conference #COP26

Check out the schedule: https://bit.ly/37bUgfg

Bangladesh is on the frontline of #ClimateChange & led the way in #adaptation & #resilience building. At yesterday’s UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum I spoke on the importance of our work with ⁦@TheCVF⁩ to raise global ambition and take action ⁦@COP26⁩

Congratulations to #Colombia for showing impressive climate leadership with their 51% NDC 👏🏻. It was great to speak again with President @IvanDuque last month and I look forward to hearing from him at the Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December 🇨🇴🇬🇧#TacklingClimateChange #COP26 https://twitter.com/ivanduque/status/1332133145488056325

Iván Duque 🇨🇴@IvanDuque

De cara a Cumbre Climática en #ReinoUnido, Colombia asumirá compromiso histórico: al 2030 reduciremos 51% de emisiones de gases efecto invernadero, que lograremos, entre otras, con energías y movilidad limpias, reforestación y protección de amazonía y páramos. #PrevenciónYAcción

We just heard an opening message from @Keir_Starmer at our #Makingitcount online event

"As hosts of @COP26, the UK can only provide credible leadership through example."

You can still register for the coming events
👉https://bit.ly/3mc9NSl

2021 is a landmark year for UK leadership on climate. 🌏

🗣️ Join the @GreenAllianceUK #MakingItCount event today from 9am BST to hear from #COP26 president @AlokSharma_RDG, @UKLabour leader @Keir_Starmer & more.

Register here:
👉 https://bit.ly/3nC0QlE

#TogetherForOurPlanet

Today @AlokSharma_RDG will chair the first Zero Emission Vehicle Transition Council 🚗

Representatives from some of the world's largest car markets will be discussing how to drive the transition to ZEVs.

More on our #COP26 clean transport plans 👇

#TogetherForOurPlanet

Applications are open for the #RaceToZero Youth Fellowship; an unique 10-month opportunity to work with the High Level Climate Champions Team ahead of @COP26 next year. If you’re an early career professional, under 30, we highly encourage you to apply: https://racetozero.unfccc.int/youth-fellowship/

📣Today we celebrate winners of the 2020 @UN #ClimateAction awards, showcasing solutions led by women from Lebanon to Brazil to Hawaii to Thailand.

Tune in at 19:45 CET at the #ClimateDialogues. Register now 👉🏾 https://cd2020reg.unfccc.int

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