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'.

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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

Up to now, humanity has treated nature as a free commodity. The price is climate change, pollution and mass extinction. It is high time to #MakeNatureCount 🌱, and to go beyond GDP as the only measure of economic success (video via @UNDESA).


Want to represent your country at this year’s #Youth4Climate: #DrivingAmbition event in Milan? 🇮🇹

All you have to do to apply is describe the awesome work you’re already doing for our planet 🌍:

Best of luck! 🤞

Last Friday, UN Chief @antonioguterres issued a red alert 🚨 for the planet🌏. And he was clear that 2021 is a make or break year to confront the global climate emergency. #COP26

New research shows the crucial role of @UNESCO World Heritage marine sites in fighting climate change.

Seagrass meadows & mangroves, known as “blue carbon” ecosystems, are among the most effective carbon sinks #WorldSeagrassDay (pic via @BlueCarbonLab)

More than half of all cars sold last year in Norway were electric. #ItsPossible to hugely speed up the fight against greenhouse gas emissions.

Good news 🎶 💚

The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn - one of the top musical ensembles in Germany - has been designated the first Goodwill Ambassador of UN Climate Change.

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It’s an honor to have the @Beethovenorches become the 1st Goodwill Ambassador for @UNFCCC.

Their work is testimony to the power of music to break down barriers and to build bridges between communities. I look forward to jointly working for the protection of our 🌎

A new UN Climate Change report shows that climate plans submitted so far by countries do not put us on a path to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

But many parties must still submit their #NDC. This year, we can turn this trend around. #ItsPossible


#ItsPossible: Portugal 🇵🇹 has $12 billion in investment lined up for green hydrogren by the end of 2022.

Sctors such as steelmaking, transportation and chemicals are beginning to develop large-scale hydrogen applications to replace fossil fuels .

It's time to say goodbye 👋🏽

Today marks the final episode of the #Youth4ClimateLive Series! Join live at 4pm (CET) for a discussion on driving local action featuring UN Climate Change Executive Secretary @PEspinosaC among others.

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"Time is running out. We just felt like we had to say something"

After watching Sir David Attenborough's 'A Life on Our Planet' film, @BLACKPINK were inspired to talk about the importance of tackling climate change ahead of #COP26.

#TogetherForOurPlanet | #BLACKPINK

The climate crisis is a humanitarian emergency, says @UNOCHA.

But #ItsPossible to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions with smart policies and smart technology.

#ItsPossible: Europe’s biggest wind power generator Iberdrola plans to triple its renewable capacity by 2030.

The company is benefitting from the accelerating global pivot towards running economies on renewably-sourced electricity.

Despite COVID-19, 2020 was a record year for clean, renewable energy.

Investors know where the future lies (via @IRENA - see


Sir David Attenborough speaking to the @UN Security Council about climate change and the need for strong #ClimateAction:

"It is people alive today, and, in particular, young people, who will live with the consequences of our actions.”


Applications for the 2021 @UN Global #ClimateAction awards are open until 30 April! Tune in as we talk to 2 former award winners about their projects & what winning the climate action award meant to them.

🗓️ 24 February
⏰ 11am (CET)

Today Sir David Attenborough addresses the first ever @UN Security Council meeting on climate security to warn of the risks of climate change, and call for global #ClimateAction to drive the change needed to create a stable, healthy world. 🌏

#COP26 | #ItsPossible

The science is clear: we need to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century.

And our duty is even clearer: we need to protect the people and communities that are being hit by climate disruption - @antonioguterres tells Security Council.

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Latest from UK COP26

#COP26 must be the moment the world makes the #ParisAgreement a reality and keeps 1.5 degrees in reach

Great to speak today with @Teresaribera and @rielcano at ‘The Road to COP26 - A year for recovery and climate ambition

Join us at the #ppcasummit, Tue 2 Mar, 16:00 GMT.

Ministers and global figures will showcase their action and ambition towards #COP26🌍, welcome new members to the PPCA and share insights on how to accelerate the transition from coal to clean energy.

If you’re a #Youth4Climate leader, you can still win the chance to represent your country at this year’s #DrivingAmbition event in Milan!

The new deadline for applications is...

🗓️ March 14th
⏰ 3pm GMT

Apply now:

#COP26 | @PreCop26ITA

Here's our @COP26 strategy to ensure every financial decision takes climate change into account. This is what systemic change looks like. #climateaction 1/5

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Thinking of the incredible natural beauty of Wales today on #StDavidsDay

#COP26 | #TogetherForOurPlanet

Bangladesh is dealing today with the impacts of climate change. Solutions must be centered on the communities most affected.

🇧🇩 leadership on adaptation & resilience is invaluable to help drive action ahead of #COP26. 🌏 support for climate vulnerable states is essential.

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office@FCDOGovUK

Helping communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change can allow people to fulfil their potential.

Here's how the UK is working with partners in Bangladesh ⬇️

#TogetherForOurPlanet | #COP26

This week the UK brought together world leaders at the
@UN Security Council to discuss the need for urgent climate action.

📰 Find out more:

#COP26 | #TogetherForOurPlanet | #ClimateAction

Today is #WorldSeagrassDay

Seagrass beds are a #ClimateAction ally, storing up to 18% of oceanic carbon.

But we lose a football field of seagrass beds every 30 minutes.

How to restore seagrass in the Western Indian Ocean Region: #GenerationRestoration

How can we rapidly increase renewable #EnergyAccess that supports faster #SDG7 progress?

Join @DamilolaSDG7 & @IKEAFoundation's @jolandavginkel next week as they discuss the business case to invest in #renewableenergy ⚡

Watch Live🔴 4 March, 15:00 CET→

The #PPCASummit launches tomorrow!

The co-chairs of @PastCoal are bringing together #PoweringPastCoal countries to announce new commitments and share how they drive the transition away from #coal ahead of #COP26.

Live at 4pm GMT. Register👉

Join @AlokSharma_RDG at ‘The Road to COP26 - A year for recovery and climate ambition’ today.

Officials from Spain, Italy and the UK will explore the challenges and opportunities for #COP26.

Watch live at 0900 GMT:

#TogetherForOurPlanet 🌏

"I will never again make the mistake of overlooking the struggles women face as a direct result of climate change"

Ahead of #IWD2021, #COP26 Policy Advisor Madeha Ahmed reflects on the links between gender equality & climate finance 👇


🗓️ Only 2 days to go! 🗓️

The #PPCASummit, which will run from 2-4 March, will be the year’s largest gathering to boost international commitment and cooperation to shift away from coal power generation ahead of #COP26.

Learn more:


Sam wants to change the world for the better. What's your dream for our planet in the future? 💚

Show world leaders at #COP26 in Glasgow this November by entering the #CreativeEarth competition.

Sign up:

@WWF_UK | #TogetherForOurPlanet 🌏

Here’s the thing: by 2030 we need to cut emissions by about 45% just to keep global warming to 1.5 deg. Today’s report👇shows planet on course to reduce by only 1%

Before #COP26, countries need real plans & action to achieve big emission cuts by 2030. No ifs. No buts. No time.

UN Climate Change@UNFCCC

A new UN Climate Change report shows that climate plans submitted so far by countries do not put us on a path to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

But many parties must still submit their #NDC. This year, we can turn this trend around. #ItsPossible


Good luck to @EnvisionVirgin ahead of the first @FIAFormulaE World Championship race of the year! 🏎️

Watch the awesome power of electric vehicles come to life at the Diriyah E-Prix. 🏆

#TogetherForOurPlanet | #RaceAgainstClimateChange

🌍🇪🇸🇬🇧La Ministra para la Transición Ecológica y Reto Demográfico @Teresaribera participará en nuestro evento del este lunes 1 de Marzo “El camino a @COP26 : un año de recuperación y ambición climática” @mitecogob Inscríbete en #togetherforourplanet #cop26

It might not always feel that way, but your voices truly matter. For a successful #COP26 we need to hear them more than ever.

My message today during the final episode of the #Youth4ClimateLive Series today.

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