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: 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).

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

🚨#Breaking

UN Climate Change just published a synthesis of countries’ climate action plans as communicated in their #NDCs.

Press release: https://bit.ly/NDC_Report

Don't miss the opening day of #ClimateWeekNYC 🌎

Join @AlokSharma_RDG, @PEspinosaC and @hlcchampions as they discuss the importance of collaborative global climate action.

📅 20 Sept
⏰ 17:30 BST
📍 https://www.climateweeknyc.org/events/race-zero-and-race-resilience-delivering-promise-paris-every-fraction-counts

#COP26 | #CWNYC

Note to news media: We apologize for the technical probems relating to the #COP26 media registration list. The problem has now been fixed https://bit.ly/3lAHiPc

📢 New @UN Report ahead of #COP26

There is no sign that economies are growing back greener, as carbon dioxide emissions rapidly rise after a temporary blip due to #COVID19.

👉 https://bit.ly/3tJ9zXu | #UnitedInScience

📢 NEWS: @WorldResources report reveals that urgent #ClimateAction from the #G20 can get us three-quarters of the way to limiting warming to 1.5°C.

At #UNGA and in the run up to #COP26, the UK is calling for countries to make new ambitious commitments to reduce emissions.

Only by transitioning very rapidly to #cleanenergy do we stand a chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

Be part of the change you want to see and join the Energy Action Days of the @UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy 24 Sept.

Register: http://bit.ly/PreHLDE

News ahead of the crucial @UN Climate Conference #COP26 in Glasgow:

Extreme heat in 2021 has broken the famous Dust Bowl record from 1936 for hottest summer on record in the USA.

Governments need to urgently respond to the #ClimateEmergency (Dataviz via @ScottDuncanWX )

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📢 UN Climate Change will publish a full version of the NDC Synthesis report on September 17.

NDCs are national climate plans in which countries communicate the actions that they plan to take to address climate change

🔗 https://bit.ly/NDCsUpdate

#UNGA | #COP26 | #ClimateCrisis

NEWS: #ClimateChange could force 216 million people to migrate within their own countries by 2050. New #Groundswell report: http://wrld.bg/6LXx50G8RoT

Taking the pulse of #ClimateAction in Africa 🌍

Register now for the virtual #AfricaClimateWeek (26-29 September) 👉 https://bit.ly/2YZcC2N

#UNGA is a critical moment for our planet 🌍

At the @UN General Assembly, the UK #COP26 Presidency will be calling for urgent global #ClimateAction.

Find out more 👇

It was a pleasure to welcome #COP26 President-Designate @AlokSharma_RDG and his team here in Bonn.

Together, we have one clear objective: Achieving success in Glasgow in November.

I look forward to continuing our close collaboration towards achieving that goal.

The @UN General Assembly kicks off 14 September. A number of events during and on the margins of #UNGA76 represent an important opportunity to accelerate climate action in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference #COP26 in Glasgow: https://bit.ly/2Xdaxzl

#UNGA | #CWNYC

We're pleased that the offices of another important multilateral and #climate-related agency have opened in Bonn: The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. More: https://bit.ly/3zdCNPG

We have a final opportunity to respond to climate change. Will we take it?

Read the views of the chiefs of the International Monetary Fund and of the Global Center on Adaptation ahead of #COP26

@IMFnews | @GCAdaptation

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/13/op-ed-we-have-a-final-opportunity-to-respond-to-climate-change.html

"We cannot achieve the scale of changes needed at the expense of the poorest nations and people"

With the @UN General Assembly starting this week, listen to Sir David Attenborough explain why now is the time for urgent, collaborative #ClimateAction.

#COP26 | #UNGA

.@Harvard University, which has a $42 billion endowment, has said it will stop investing in #fossilfuels.

The school cites latest climate change impacts, including massive fires and unprecedented flooding, as the reason, plus the latest @IPCC_CH findings. https://www.harvard.edu/in-focus/climate-crisis/?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=hu-twitter-general&utm_medium=social

How can #gender-responsive climate policies be included in national budgeting plans?

📝Register now for the next event of our #ActOnTheGAP virtual workshop series:

🔗 https://bit.ly/3C4jBWp

ℹ️ Interpretation & language options are available in French & Spanish.

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Latest from UK COP26

Want to learn more about #COP26? 🌍

COP26 Explained sets out how the UK is working toward success in Glasgow 👇

#ClimateAction | #UNGA

The Great Big Green Week encourages communities across the country to celebrate nature and take action against climate change.

Both in your community, and globally at @COP26, we want to see ambitious and bold action against climate change to preserve and protect our planet.

Not long now until @SkyUK host the world's first ever net zero football match ⚽

Partnering with @Spursofficial and supported by #COP26 and @PremierLeague, #GameZero will show how teams, players and fans can all go #OneStepGreener 🌏

👉 https://www.skyzero.sky/gamezero

At #UNGA, Governments and businesses must strengthen international collaboration to help deliver the Paris Agreement 👇

#COP26 | #ClimateAction

#UNGA is a critical moment for our planet 🌍

At the @UN General Assembly, the UK #COP26 Presidency will be calling for urgent global #ClimateAction.

Find out more 👇

UK’s offer to vaccinate accredited #COP26 delegates being rolled out

Great to see another delegate getting their vaccine in Benin to come to Glasgow

Thank you to all involved in this effort, both here in the UK, and across the world

At #UNGA, Governments and businesses must strengthen international collaboration to help deliver the Paris Agreement 👇

#COP26 | #ClimateAction

#UNGA is a critical moment for our planet 🌍

At the @UN General Assembly, the UK #COP26 Presidency will be calling for urgent global #ClimateAction.

Find out more 👇

📢 NEWS: The @UNFCCC have published their latest NDC synthesis report.

The report assesses the cumulative impact of #NDCs from all 191 Parties to the #ParisAgreement, including new and updated NDCs submitted by 30 July 2021.

Press release 🔽
https://unfccc.int/news/full-ndc-synthesis-report-some-progress-but-still-a-big-concern

#COP26

At #UNGA, we are calling on developed countries to come forward with more ambitious finance commitments 👇

#COP26 | #ClimateAction

🚨#Breaking

UN Climate Change just published a synthesis of countries’ climate action plans as communicated in their #NDCs.

Press release: https://bit.ly/NDC_Report

Climate finance is key to unlocking emissions reductions and action to adapt to #ClimateChange - today's @OECD report shows there is much further to go

Developed countries must urgently step up their climate finance pledges to deliver on the $100bn goal

https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/finance-and-investment/climate-finance-provided-and-mobilised-by-developed-countries-aggregate-trends-updated-with-2019-data_03590fb7-en

Today's @OECD report highlights that despite recent progress, there is still much work to do to deliver on the $100bn climate finance goal.

Read the full report:
👉 http://oe.cd/cf-2019-data

#COP26 | #ClimateAction | #UNGA

Meet Climate Leader Dr Faisal Ghani of @flatpacksolar, a provider of solar heating technology ☀️

By converting sunlight into energy, the SolarisKit is a shining example of going #OneStepGreener for #COP26 👇

https://together-for-our-planet.ukcop26.org/onestepgreener-videos/

Don't miss the opening day of #ClimateWeekNYC 🌎

Join @AlokSharma_RDG, @PEspinosaC and @hlcchampions as they discuss the importance of collaborative global climate action.

📅 20 Sept
⏰ 17:30 BST
📍 https://www.climateweeknyc.org/events/race-zero-and-race-resilience-delivering-promise-paris-every-fraction-counts

#COP26 | #CWNYC

Today's @OECD report highlights that despite recent progress, there is still much work to do to deliver on the $100bn climate finance goal.

Read the full report:
👉 http://oe.cd/cf-2019-data

#COP26 | #ClimateAction | #UNGA

OECD Secretary General @MathiasCormann: As of 2019 we are USD 20 billion short of the 2020 goal of USD 100 billion in #ClimateFinance ; more needs to be done to deliver finance for #climate action in developing countries 👉 https://www.oecd.org/environment/statement-from-oecd-secretary-general-mathias-cormann-on-climate-finance-in-2019.htm

Pleased to welcome @JLR_News as a #COP26 partner - they'll supply electric vehicles to transport world leaders and delegates at the Summit 🚘

The fleet is being sourced from existing stock in the UK, helping to keep carbon footprints low this November

@Jaguar | @LandRover

The urgency of the climate crisis calls on all of us to advance #ClimateAction.

I look forward to exchanging with our youth on how to mobilize action and generate progress on all #SDGs. https://www.un.org/youthenvoy/dsg-youth-dialogue/

Don't miss the opening day of #ClimateWeekNYC 🌎

Join @AlokSharma_RDG, @PEspinosaC and @hlcchampions as they discuss the importance of collaborative global climate action.

📅 20 Sept
⏰ 17:30 BST
📍 https://www.climateweeknyc.org/events/race-zero-and-race-resilience-delivering-promise-paris-every-fraction-counts

#COP26 | #CWNYC

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