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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UN Global Compact Network UK partners with Net Zero Festival

The UN Global Compact Network UK is a proud partner of BusinessGreen's inaugral Net Zero Festival taking place virtually over 3 days on 30 September - 2 October. We would like to invite you to join us and BusinessGreen at the event to debate and explore how the net zero movement is evolving.

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Across three days we will bring together top business leaders, influential academics and policymakers, and inspirational thinkers to provide an invaluable guide to the economic and industrial revolution that will define the post-Covid world.

Confirmed speakers include: Paul Polman, Co-Founder, IMAGINE; Kara Hurst, Vice President, Worldwide Sustainability, Amazon; Nigel Topping, High-Level Champion, COP26; Chris Stark; Tanya Steele; Julie Hirigoyen; Dr Emily Shuckburgh, and many others.

You can find out more about the event here:

Book your ticket – claim a 15% discount with our discount code

To book your place please input the below code into the ‘voucher’ box on the final page of the booking form – this will apply a 15% discount. - Voucher code: UNGCN 

* Please note that this event is not organised by the UN Global Compact Network UK.

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

The @Alipay Ant Forest project, launched on the company’s mobile app, rewards its users with “green energy points” each time they take a step to reduce their emissions, such as by biking to work🚵, going paperless and buying sustainable products.

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#ClimateChange is a risk multiplier: It accelerates existing problems like poverty, hunger and inequality.

To be effective, our solutions - too - must be connected. #ActOnTheGAP

Good #ClimateAction News 💚🌍 🙌🏿

The @NAMAPartnership has mobilized funding of $168 million to help developing countries #RecoverBetter from the COVID pandemic.


🗓️ This December 12th
🇬🇧 The UK and @UN will hold a virtual event
🌏 To mark 5 years since the #ParisAgreement

The event will be an opportunity for world leaders to build momentum on #ClimateAction in the run up to #COP26.

Learn more 👇

#COP26Ambition | @COP25CL | #UNGA

🎬 LIVE - As climate impacts worsen around the 🌍, @UN Chief @antonioguterres is convening a roundtable of leaders from gov't, business & finance, & civil society to showcase #ClimateAction & ambition.
🗓️ 24 Sept. 🕦 11:30am, EDT

During today's Global Renewable Energy Forum, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary - @PEspinosaC - underlined that #COVID19 recovery funds should be used to accelerate the transition to clean energy - not delay it.

Check out 'Climate Hub 360' - the new events calendar launched today by @UNFCCC.

The continuously updated calendar aims to drive the highest possible ambition in the lead up to #COP26 👉

COVID-19 has not stopped the climate crisis.

As part of #UNGA, United Nations Secretary General @antonioguterres is hosting a high-level roundtable on climate ambition to discuss how we can #RecoverBetter.

📺Follow live:

🇿🇦 Congratulations South Africa for presenting your Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategy to @UNFCCC, with a view to reach #ClimateNeutrality by 2050.
This is what we need to achieve the #ParisAgreement goals!

Ahead of the @UN Secretary-General's High-Level RoundTable on #ClimateAction, here's an explainer about the NDCs and our work with Germany, EU, Spain, and 114 countries across the world to deliver the #ClimatePromise:


Interested in #ClimateChange transparency?

Join our new @LinkedIn group and stay up-to-date about events, publications and news.

📺 Our event on the #ClimateEmergency is about to kick off.

Hear from @gmunozabogabir about businesses, cities & investors coming together in the #RaceToZero - the largest ever coalition committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Climate technologies are crucial for countries to effectively address the #ClimateEmergency.

On September 30, join us for a webinar on how to close the finance gap to implement #climatetech:

🇧🇴 Gracias Bolivia for accepting the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.
With 141 parties ratifications, we only need 4 more to bring it into force.
Why is this so important to address the #ClimateEmergency?👇

Fantastic news! President Xi Jinping committed that 🇨🇳 will reach #carboneutrality by 2060, pledging for enhanced NDCs and stronger climate policy measures. A big shift for curbing emissions and a significant step forward in international cooperation in #ClimateAction! #UNGA

Joanna Sustento became a climate activist after surviving Super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in 2013.

For this year's #SDGActionZone, we invited her to talk about her work promoting the rights of climate-impacted communities.

📺Tune in:

As countries prepare their updated national #ClimateAction plans under the Paris Agreement, momentum is growing to put a price on carbon pollution as an effective means of reducing emissions and driving investment into cleaner options 👉

✅ Climate Education
✅ Public Awareness
✅ Public Participation

...are crucial for countries to act on the #ClimateEmergency. Register now for the Action on Climate Empowerment (ACE) Workshop.


Ready for Ep 4 of #Youth4ClimateLive this Friday? This session's all about #NatureBasedSolutions! 🌲🦌💧

Join us and our amazing roster of guests, including @davidnabarro, Christina Figueres, @vanessa_vash, @SorengArchana + @c_pdesrosiers 💚

Sign up now!

Renewable energy is rapidly outpacing fossil fuels ☀️💚🌍

At the 4th Global Renewable Energy Forum, leaders - including UN Climate Change Executive Secretary @PEspinosaC - will discuss how to further accelerate renewable energy expansion.

Register here:

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Latest from UK COP26

During #UNGA and #ClimateWeekNYC, the 🇬🇧 announced a series of new climate commitments.

Learn more:

As hosts of #COP26, the UK is committed to working on the frontline of #ClimateChange to inspire action ahead of the summit.


Today’s roundtable shows tide turning for #ClimateAction! As gov’t, business & investors ramp up climate ambition, @antonioguterres called upon all to develop a transition plan to reach net-zero emissions & boost ambition in finance, resilience& adaptation.

@archieyounguk on Loss and Damage:
*We must deliver on what was agreed to at COP25. The UK is doubling its #climatefinance, £11.6bn
*The UK will facilitate broad discussions on this issue in the lead up to COP26 on what still needs to be done, and deliver in Glasgow.

...and another bit of German-language press for those interested in #COP26 @UKinGermany

Today is Episode 4 of the #Youth4ClimateLive Series! 🎉

Join @CFigueres, @davidnabarro, @vanessa_vash, @ZacGoldsmith & many more to discuss #NatureBasedSolutions!

🕐 Time: 15:00 BST

#ClimateAction | #COP26 | @PreCop26ITA

The #COP26 Presidency will work to ensure that countries can adapt to the worst effects of #ClimateChange.

Yesterday @AlokSharma_RDG virtually attended the #UNGA LDC roundtable to discuss practical action on Adaptation & Resilience. 🌏

Learn about our A&R plans 👇


Today is Episode 4 of the #Youth4ClimateLive Series! 🎉

Join @CFigueres, @davidnabarro, @vanessa_vash, @ZacGoldsmith & many more to discuss #NatureBasedSolutions!

🕐 Time: 15:00 BST

#ClimateAction | #COP26 | @PreCop26ITA

Thrilled to convene today's ASEAN-COP26 Climate Dialogue with @JosephTeoSG & @COP26 Deputy Envoy Alison Campbell.

Clear challenges for @ASEAN on LTS, but sharing experiences & solutions very valuable. 🇬🇧, 🇸🇬, @IRENA, @2050Platform, keen to support #ASEAN on LTS.


"Climate Change is a global challenge. It requires global solutions"

Watch COP Presidents @AlokSharma_RDG & @CarolaSchmidtZ's joint call for countries to honour and enhance their Climate Ambition Alliance commitments.


#COP26Collaboration | @COP25CL

"The only way that industrial transformation has ever happened is exponentially!" @topnigel High Level Climate Action Champion #COP26 on the possibilites of exponential climate action. Join the dialogue at #ClimateWeekNYC

SME's employ 2 billion people all over the world, which is why the SME Climate Hub hosted by the @iccwbo @exponentialroad @WMBtweets and #RaceToZero is crucial. #ClimateWeekNYC

Those who have contributed the least to #ClimateChange often face the heaviest impacts.

Yesterday I participated virtually in the #UNGA LDC roundtable and as #COP26 President 🇬🇧 is urging all countries to scale up support for adaptation action.


Fantastic to be joined yesterday by @ASEAN and @flacamera to open the ASEAN-COP26 Climate Dialogue. ASEAN Member States shared their NDC experiences and opportunities for ASEAN collaboration on #climateaction. Thank you to @IRENA @ndcpartnership @ADB #UKASEAN #COP26Ambition


If we protect nature, nature will protect us.

Our Minister @ZacGoldsmith is today highlighting the importance of nature-based solutions at the @Nature4Climate event, as we prepare to host @COP26 next year.

Learn more:

#NatureForLife @UNDP @UNEP

📢 Episode 4 of #Youth4ClimateLive is TODAY 🎉

We're excited to have climate policy veteran @CFigueres, former Exec Sec at the @UNFCCC ! 💚

Tune in for a dynamic discussion on #NatureBasedSolutions 🌲🦌🌊 & the way forward for our planet. 🌍

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Great pleasure to accompany @COP26 Regional Ambassador @laurie_bristow to his meeting with #Istanbul Mayor @ekrem_imamoglu to discuss climate action and plans to cooperate on sustainable city development. @municipalityist

The 5th anniversary of the #ParisAgreement will be an important moment to continue raising climate ambition.

I look forward to working closely on this event with the leaders of Chile, UK, France & others to deliver increased ambition.

-- @antonioguterres #ClimateAction

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