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) 
  • Sustainable finance 
  • Transitioning to net zero 
  • Building business climate resilience  
  • Scope 3 emissions 
  • Just Transition 

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

UNFCCC
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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).

Global Impact Initiative: Climate Ambition Accelerator - A six-month programme designed to equip companies with the knowledge and skills they need to accelerate progress towards setting science-based emissions reduction targets aligned with the 1.5℃ pathway. 

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

Developing countries need adequate capacity to tackle the #ClimateEmergency. We've developed a new toolkit to help them.

How can the societies of the Global North help developing countries transition to a #netzero economy?

And what are key expectations for #COP27 in Egypt?

Listen to @PEspinosaC at a key @ProSyn event.

📅 26 January, at 3:00 PM CET.

Registration: https://bit.ly/ProSynReg

Ahead of #MenaClimateWeek, read how youth in the region are taking climate action.
https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/01/1110302

After 2 years of planning and 13 days of intense negotiations, #COP26 kept 1.5 alive.

Today, COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG set out the priorities for the UK's Presidency year to ensure we deliver the commitments made in Glasgow.

Find out what to expect 👇

#GlasgowClimatePact

#COP26 kept the 1.5°C goal alive.

Now we must move faster than ever.

#ItsPossible | #ClimateCrisis | #ParisAgreement

"This year, we need an avalanche of climate action" - @antonioguterres on his priorities for 2022.

See full remarks to the UN General Assembly: https://bit.ly/SG2022prio

#ItsPossible: South Australia ran for a week on 100% renewable energy.
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/south-australia-breaks-record-running-for-a-week-on-renewable-energy-20220116-p59omi.html

What we need to achieve the 1.5°C goal:

A global agreement ✔️
A complete set of rules to implement it ✔️
To halve emissions by 2030 🔲 ❗

#ItsPossible | #ClimateAction | #COP27

We must deliver global action to help vulnerable communities and habitats adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

🗣️ "But what is climate adaptation?"

Watch the @UNFCCC definition to find out 👇

#COP26 | #ClimateAction

The climate ambition loop 🌏

🔄 National governments set policy
🔄 Non-state actors innovate faster

#RaceToZero | @topnigel | #COP27

Fossil fuel exporters increasingly consider #CleanHydrogen an attractive way to diversify their economies, also in the Middle East. And countries with ample renewable potential could become sites of green industrialization - @IRENA report

#MenaClimateWeek
https://irena.org/newsroom/pressreleases/2022/Jan/Hydrogen-Economy-Hints-at-New-Global-Power-Dynamics

#Coal is the fossil fuel most responsible for global heating, and coal-fired power generation is surging towards a new all-time record.

UN chief @antonioguterres is calling for new coalitions to help countries phase out coal.

The #RaceToZero campaign is the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Want to shape what a credible net-zero target looks like? Join the opening session of the 2022 criteria consultation process.

🗓️ 24 January
⏲️ 16:00 GMT

Credible and concrete plans not only by governments, but also by industries to cut greenhouse emissions to #NetZero are crucial to achieve the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement.

See a good post-#COP26 explainer on the issue by @wef: https://bit.ly/WEFNet0

#DavosAgenda

Young people appreciate the technological opportunities of #ClimateAction more than anyone else.

Tune in as experts convened by the @UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee and @IYCM explain youth-led innovative approaches to resilience. Register here: https://bit.ly/3HXBMQp

The first all-women solar team in Lebanon 🇱🇧 🌍

Want to learn more about #ClimateAction in the region?

👉 Sign up for #MenaClimateWeek now: https://bit.ly/3GxfmVG

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Latest from UK COP26

How can we get more finance flowing for climate action?

Swipe to learn about what was agreed at #COP26 ▶️

#GlasgowClimatePact

How can we protect people from the impacts of climate change?

Swipe to find out what was agreed on Adaptation, Loss and Damage at #COP26 ▶️

#GlasgowClimatePact

How can we protect people from the impacts of climate change?

Swipe to find out what was agreed on Adaptation, Loss and Damage at #COP26 ▶️

#GlasgowClimatePact

197 countries came together at #COP26 and forged the historic #GlasgowClimatePact.

But how can we ensure the promises made in Glasgow are kept?

Swipe to learn more ▶️

Some thoughts from me on the UK's #COP26 Presidency year:

'Did we achieve more than we hoped? Yes.

Does that mean we have time to take a step-back from climate diplomacy? No.'
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/delivering-glasgow-climate-pact-camilla-born/?trackingId=5q%2BSGdV7SLOsZXkDkQ9UCg%3D%3D

In November 2021, the UK hosted #COP26 in Glasgow.

Almost 200 countries came together and forged the historic #GlasgowClimatePact.

Now, our Presidency year officially begins.

🗣️ "But what is a COP Presidency?"

Find out below👇

197 countries came together at #COP26 and forged the historic #GlasgowClimatePact.

But how can we ensure the promises made in Glasgow are kept?

Swipe to learn more ▶️

Over the course of our #COP26 Presidency year, the UK will work tirelessly to keep the world on track to deliver the #GlasgowClimatePact.

Now is the time for collaborative #ClimateAction.

"Glasgow proved that decarbonisation is inevitable, the question now is not if but when"

Read Advisor to the #COP26 President @camillaborn's reflections on the UK's Presidency year, and delivering the #GlasgowClimatePact 👇

#ClimateAction

After 2 years of planning and 13 days of intense negotiations, #COP26 kept 1.5 alive.

Today, COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG set out the priorities for the UK's Presidency year to ensure we deliver the commitments made in Glasgow.

Find out what to expect 👇

#GlasgowClimatePact

In November 2021, the UK hosted #COP26 in Glasgow.

Almost 200 countries came together and forged the historic #GlasgowClimatePact.

Now, our Presidency year officially begins.

🗣️ "But what is a COP Presidency?"

Find out below👇

After 2 years of planning and 13 days of intense negotiations, #COP26 kept 1.5 alive.

Today, COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG set out the priorities for the UK's Presidency year to ensure we deliver the commitments made in Glasgow.

Find out what to expect 👇

#GlasgowClimatePact

⏰ Starting soon ⏰

The COP Presidency Year: #COP26 President Speech

Watch the live stream 👇

#ClimateAction 🌏

@AlokSharma_RDG | @ChathamHouse
https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1ZkKzbvqBzZKv

⏰ Starting soon ⏰

The COP Presidency Year: #COP26 President Speech

Watch the live stream 👇

#ClimateAction 🌏

@AlokSharma_RDG | @ChathamHouse
https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1ZkKzbvqBzZKv

The Glasgow Climate Pact was a historic achievement, where almost 200 countries set a clear roadmap to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees & the beginning of the end for coal power.

Today @AlokSharma_RDG sets our priorities for the rest of our @COP26 Presidency.

COP26 TV | Live from the summit 📺

@ZitouniOuldDada, Deputy Director of @FAO Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, spoke to us at #COP26 about the importance of addressing mitigation, adaptation and resilience in our #ClimateAction.

Watch his full interview 👇

📺 "The COP Presidency Year"

In November 2021, #COP26 delivered the #GlasgowClimatePact.

This year, the promises made must be actioned.

Watch #COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG live from @ChathamHouse as he sets out the UK Presidency Year's goals.

📅 Today
⏰ 12pm GMT

COP26 TV | Live from the summit 📺

@ZitouniOuldDada, Deputy Director of @FAO Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, spoke to us at #COP26 about the importance of addressing mitigation, adaptation and resilience in our #ClimateAction.

Watch his full interview 👇

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