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For many, a warming climatic system is expected to impact the availability of basic necessities like freshwater, food security, and energy, while efforts to redress climate change, both through adaptation and mitigation, will similarly inform and shape the global development agenda. The links between climate change and sustainable development are strong. Poor and developing countries, particularly least developed countries, will be among those most adversely affected and least able to cope with the anticipated shocks to their social, economic and natural systems.

The international political response to climate change began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the ‘Rio Convention’ included the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” The UNFCCC which entered into force on 21 March 1994, now has a near-universal membership of 197 parties. In December 2015, the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21/CMP1) convened in Paris, France, and adopted the Paris Agreement, a universal agreement which aims to keep a global temperature rise for this century well below 2 degrees Celsius, with the goal of driving efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States express their commitment to protect the planet from degradation and take urgent action on climate change. The Agenda also identifies, in its paragraph 14, climate change as “one of the greatest challenges of our time” and worries about “its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. Increases in global temperature, sea level rise, ocean acidification and other climate change impacts are seriously affecting coastal areas and low-lying coastal countries, including many least developed countries and Small Island Developing States. The survival of many societies, and of the biological support systems of the planet, is at risk”.

Sustainable Development Goal 13 aims to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact”, while acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.

More specifically, the associated targets of SDG 13 focus on the integration of climate change measures into national policies, the improvement of education, awareness-raising and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warnings. SDG 13’s alphabetical targets also call for the implementation of the commitment undertaken at the UNFCCC and for the promotion of mechanisms able to increase capacity for effective climate –change related planning and management in least developed countries and Small Island Developing States.

The outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference, the Future We Want, underscores climate change as “an inevitable and urgent global challenge with long-term implications for the sustainable development of all countries”. Through the document, Member States express their concern about the continuous rising of emissions of greenhouse gases and the vulnerability of all countries, particularly developing countries, to the adverse impacts of climate change. Given these concerns, Member States have called for the widest cooperation and participation of all countries in an effective and appropriate international response to climate change.

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Programme_Webinar 1 Climate SDG Learning Series 10-Dec-2020
Programme_Webinar 1 Climate SDG Learning Series 10-Dec-2020
Thematic discussion 3: Sustainable transport solutions to the climate crisis Background papers/Special studies 4-Nov-2016
Concept Note - Expert Group Meeting on SDG 13: Thematic review Concept Notes 1-Feb-2019
Programme and Presentations Logistics 22-Oct-2009
Information for Participants of EGM on Indicators Logistics 15-Oct-2008
Programme Logistics 16-Mar-2010
Participants (Climate Change) Logistics 22-Oct-2009
Background Paper on Climate Change Logistics 22-Oct-2009
Programme for Energy Forum Logistics 15-Oct-2007
Accommodation Information Logistics 11-Sep-2007
Concept Note on Climate Change Logistics 22-Oct-2009
Draft Agenda for EGM on Indicators Logistics 15-Oct-2008
Programme for EGM on Carbon Capture Logistics 11-Sep-2007
E/CN.17/1997/21 - Contribution of Conf. of Parties to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Meeting reports 4-Apr-1997
A/RES/49/113 - Dissemination of the principles of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development Meeting reports 17-Feb-1995
E/CN.17/2007/7 - Major groups priorities for action on energy for sustainable development, industrial… Meeting reports 15-Dec-2006
E/CN.17/2001/16 - Report of the Inter-sessional Ad Hoc Working Group on Transport and Atmosphere Meeting reports 20-May-2011
UN-HABITAT - Urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry as a strategy for climate change adaptation… Other documents 1-Feb-2013
Carbon Capture and Storage - South African Activities and Plans Other documents 11-Sep-2007
Chair's Summary on Bejing Conference Other documents 7-Nov-2008
Background Notes Other documents 2-Sep-2015
Concluding Discussion & Summary of Remarks Other documents 12-Sep-2007
Samoa Declaration on Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development for SIDS Other documents 9-Nov-2018
Meeting Overview/Aide Memoire for Forum Other documents 15-Oct-2007
IAEA Bulletin: Climate Change: Making a difference through nuclear technologies Other documents 15-Jan-2016
Potential for CCS in Kazakhstan Other documents 11-Sep-2007
Annex to Chair's Summary Other documents 7-Nov-2008
Concept note Other documents 2-Sep-2015
Concept Note for EGM on Carbon Capture Other documents 11-Sep-2007
SDG Industry Matrix - Climate Opportunities Other documents 1-Mar-2016
Background paper - Climate Change Mitigation & Sustainable Development Other documents 7-Apr-2007
Booklet on Policy Options for Enhancing Sustainable Urban Transport Other documents 16-Mar-2010
Programme & Presentations for EGM on Indicators Other documents 15-Oct-2008
Flyer- How Are the Communities of Ocean Action Addressing Climate Change? (SDG Pavillion) Other documents 3-Dec-2018
Aide Memoire on Bejing Conference Other documents 7-Nov-2008
Background paper: Anne Arquit Niederberger - Overview of Policies and Measures to Promote Household… Other documents 15-Oct-2007
Background paper - Adaptation to Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development Other documents 7-Apr-2007
Booklet on Best Practices on Other documents 16-Mar-2010
Background Paper on Indicators Other documents 15-Oct-2008
Abstracts Other documents 11-Sep-2007
Letter of Invitation Other documents 7-Nov-2008
Background paper: Kim, Kyung-Hee - Overview on Public Benefit Campaigns to Promote Energy Conservation and… Other documents 15-Oct-2007
Final Programme with Presentations Other documents 11-Apr-2007
Concept Note on Indicators Other documents 15-Oct-2008
The Future of Coal-based Power Generation Other documents 11-Sep-2007
Climate Change Other documents 27-Dec-2005
Flyer- UN Forum on Forests in SDG Pavillion (04 December 2018) Other documents 3-Dec-2018
Background paper on Bejing Conference Other documents 7-Nov-2008
Background paper: Ken Yeang - Green Design Other documents 15-Oct-2007
Declaration on Climate Change 2009 Other documents 28-Sep-2009
Carbon Capture and Storage - A Legal Perspective Other documents 11-Sep-2007
Aide-Mémoire Other documents 16-Mar-2010
Flyer- UN Forum on Forests in SDG Pavillion (13 December 2018) Other documents 3-Dec-2018
Beijing High-Level Statement Other documents 7-Nov-2008
Conclusions & Recommendations Outcome Documents 16-Mar-2010
Milan Declaration on Enhancing Food Security and Climate Adaptation in Small Island Developing States, in… Outcome Documents 19-Oct-2015
Summary of the Co-Chairs - Open Working Group on SDGs - Seventh Session Outcome Documents 21-Mar-2014
Outcome Document - Introduction to the Proposal of the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals Outcome Documents 19-Jul-2014
Paris Agreement on Climate Change Outcome Documents 15-Mar-2015
Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Outcome Documents 15-Mar-1998
Programme on SDG Pavilion Programme 3-Dec-2018
Programme-How Are the Communities of Ocean Action Addressing Climate Change? (SDG Pavillion) Programme 3-Dec-2018
Programme EGM on SIDS, Climate Change and Oceans Programme 2-Sep-2015
A/70/472/Add.4 - Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind: Report of the Second… Resolutions and decisions 24-Dec-2015
A/63/L.8/Rev.1/Add.1 - Climate change and its possible security implications - Addendum Resolutions and decisions 3-Jun-2009
A/63/L.8/Rev.1 - Climate change and its possible security implications Resolutions and decisions 18-May-2009
A/RES/53/188 - Implementation of and follow-up to the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Environment and… Resolutions and decisions 12-Feb-1999
A/RES/47/191- Institutional arrangements to follow up the United Nations Conference on Environment and… Resolutions and decisions 29-Jan-1993
A/RES/54/218 - Implementation of and follow-up to the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Environment and… Resolutions and decisions 3-Feb-2000
FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1 - Adoption of the Paris Agreement Resolutions and decisions 12-Dec-2015
A/RES/63/281 - Climate change and its possible security implications Resolutions and decisions 11-Jun-2009
A/RES/48/190 - Dissemination of the principles of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development Resolutions and decisions 20-Jan-1994
A/70/472 - Sustainable development: report of the Second Committee Resolutions and decisions 16-Dec-2015
A/RES/69/313- Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis… Resolutions and decisions 15-Jul-2015
A/70/472/Add.1 - Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the… Resolutions and decisions 23-Dec-2015
A/RES/62/195 - Report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on its 24th Session Resolutions and decisions 19-Feb-2008
E/CN.17/2001/PC/12 - Protection of the Atmosphere Secretary-General Reports 2-Mar-2001
E/CN.17/1997/2/Add.8 - Protecting of the Atmosphere Secretary-General Reports 16-Jan-1997
A/64/202 - Implementation of United Nations environmental conventions Note by the Secretary-General Secretary-General Reports 30-Jul-2009
A/68/260 - Note by the SG on Implementation of the United Nations Environmental Conventions Secretary-General Reports 5-Aug-2013
A/60/488/Add.4 - Sustainable development: protection of global climate for present and future generations of… Secretary-General Reports 16-Dec-2005
A/64/350 - Climate Change and Its Possible Security Implications Secretary-General Reports 11-Sep-2009
E/CN.17/2006/3 - Report on Agenda 21 Secretary-General Reports 17-Feb-2006
A/65/294 - Implementation of United Nations environmental conventions Secretary-General Reports 13-Aug-2010
E/CN.17/2007/5 - Policy options and possible actions to expedite implementation: Climate Change Secretary-General Reports 20-Dec-2006
E/CN.17/2007/6 - Policy options and possible actions to expedite implementation: inter-linkages and cross-… Secretary-General Reports 20-Dec-2006
A/67/295 - Implementation of United Nations environmental conventions Secretary-General Reports 10-Aug-2012
E/CN.17/2001/2 - Protection of the Atmosphere Secretary-General Reports 13-Dec-2000
E/CN.17/1996/22 - Protection of the Atmosphere Secretary-General Reports 20-Feb-1996
A/73/255 - Implementation of United Nations environmental conventions Secretary-General Reports 25-Jul-2018
Summary - Climate Action Summit 2019 Summaries 8-Oct-2019
TST Issues Brief: Climate Change and Disaster Reduction Technical Support Team (TST) Issues Briefs 29-Oct-2013
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European Union Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Major Group: Workers & Trade Climate Change 3-May-2006
Norway Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Iran Climate Change 1-May-2007
Panama Climate Change 4-May-2006
Major Group: Science & Technology Climate Change 1-May-2007
Israel Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Australia Climate Change 1-May-2007
China Climate Change 3-May-2006
Major Group: Indigenous Peoples Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Switzerland Climate Change 1-May-2007
Fiji Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Russia Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Jamaica Climate Change 1-May-2007
Saudi Arabia Climate Change 3-May-2006
Major Group: Workers & Trade Climate Change 1-May-2007
Australia Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Japan Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Brazil Climate Change 1-May-2007
European Union Climate Change 3-May-2006
Major Group: NGOs Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Tanzania Climate Change 1-May-2007
Ghana Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Saudi Arabia Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Japan Climate Change 1-May-2007
Sweden Climate Change 3-May-2006
Brazil Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Kenya Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
European Union Climate Change 1-May-2007
France Climate Change 3-May-2006
Major Group: Science & Technology Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Major Group: Business & Industry Climate Change 1-May-2007
Guatemala Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
South Africa Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Marshall Islands Climate Change 1-May-2007
United Kingdom Climate Change 3-May-2006
Cape Verde Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Mexico Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Group of 77 & China Climate Change 1-May-2007
Iceland Climate Change 3-May-2006
Major Group: Women Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Major Group: Farmers Climate Change 1-May-2007
Group of 77 & China Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
United Kingdom Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Norway Climate Change 1-May-2007
Major Group: Science & Technology Climate Change 3-May-2006
Chile Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Micronesia Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Ghana Climate Change 1-May-2007
Japan Climate Change 3-May-2006
Major Group: Children & Youth Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Major Group: NGOs Climate Change 1-May-2007
Indonesia Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
AOSIS Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Solomon Islands Climate Change 1-May-2007
Major Group: Women Climate Change 3-May-2006
Costa Rica Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Nigeria Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Guatemala Climate Change 1-May-2007
Pakistan Climate Change 3-May-2006
WHO Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
SBI Climate Change 1-May-2007
Iran Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
Australia Climate Change 3-May-2006
Major Group: Business & Industry Climate Change 28-Feb-2007
South Africa Climate Change 1-May-2007
Ethiopia Climate change and disaster risk reduction 8-Jan-2014
Japan Climate change and disaster risk reduction 9-Jan-2014
Montenegro and Slovenia Climate change and disaster risk reduction 8-Jan-2014
New Zealand Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Perspectives for Setting Climate Sustainability Goals Climate change and disaster risk reduction 9-Jan-2014
Nepal Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Iran Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Climate change, disaster risk reduction & the Post-2015 Development Framework Climate change and disaster risk reduction 9-Jan-2014
France, Germany and Switzerland Climate change and disaster risk reduction 7-Jan-2014
Maldives Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Peru and Mexico Climate change and disaster risk reduction 8-Jan-2014
Sustainable Development in a Changing World Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Bangladesh Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Bulgaria and Croatia Climate change and disaster risk reduction 9-Jan-2014
European Union Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Poland and Romania Climate change and disaster risk reduction 9-Jan-2014
Disaster Risk Reduction within the Sustainable Development Goals Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Major Group: Indigenous Peoples Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Canada, Israel and United States of America Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Denmark, Norway and Ireland Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Disaster Risk Reduction: Possibilities Motivate Change Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Major Group: Business & Industry Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Climate change and disaster risk reduction 8-Jan-2014
Brazil and Nicaragua Climate change and disaster risk reduction 23-Jan-2014
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Climate change and disaster risk reduction 10-Jan-2014
Global Task Force Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 9-Jan-2014
Major Group: Local Authorities Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 6-Jan-2014
Major Groups: NGOs, Children & Youth and Women; Beyond 2015; Climate Action Network… Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 19-Jun-2014
Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 19-Jun-2014
India Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Peru and Mexico Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Saudi Arabia Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Brazil and Nicaragua Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Denmark, Ireland and Norway Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Greece Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Tanzania Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Italy, Spain and Turkey Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Sweden Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Southern African Group Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Bulgaria and Croatia Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Iran Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Solomon Islands Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Finland Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Montenegro and Slovenia Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
France, Germany and Switzerland Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Bangladesh Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 4-Apr-2014
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Canada, Israel and United States of America Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
United Kingdom Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
Major Group: Science & Technology Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Major Group: Workers & Trade Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Australia (Part 1) Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
Sri Lanka Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Netherlands Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Canada Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Major Group: Business & Industry Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
Major Group: Women Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Australia (Part 2) Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
United Kingdom Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Senegal Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
European Union Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Major Group: NGOs Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
European Union Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Japan Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
International Cooperation through a Strong Partnership between ICLEI and Strategies for… Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
South Africa Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Indonesia Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Major Group: Science & Technology Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
France Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Senegal Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
Major Group: Business & Industry Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Sweden Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Japan Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Major Group: Women Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
India Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Switzerland Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
Major Group: Children & Youth Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Major Group: Children & Youth Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Netherlands Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Major Group: Workers & Trade Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
Japan Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Thailand Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 3-May-2006
Major Group: Indigenous Peoples Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Indigenous Peoples Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Norway Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 5-May-2006
Kuwait Energy, Climate Change, Industry and Atmosphere 9-May-2006
Zimbabwe Energy/Climate Change (CONT.) 2-May-2007
OAPEC on Climate Change Energy/Climate Change (CONT.) 2-May-2007
UN-HABITAT on Climate Change Energy/Climate Change (CONT.) 2-May-2007
Malaysia Energy/Climate Change (CONT.) 2-May-2007
Major Group: Workers & Trade Energy/Climate Change (CONT.) 2-May-2007
South Africa Energy/Climate Change (CONT.) 2-May-2007
Major Group: Women on Climate Change Energy/Climate Change (CONT.) 2-May-2007
Turkey Energy/Climate Change (CONT.) 2-May-2007
United Kingdom Energy/Climate Change (CONT.) 2-May-2007
Bhutan Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Trinidad and Tobago Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Georgia Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Tajikistan Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Portugal Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Solomon Islands Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Mozambique Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Kazakhstan Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Botswana Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Finland Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Cyprus Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Grenada Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Nigeria Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Uruguay Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Luxembourg Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Andorra Interactive Dialogue 4: Protecting our planet and combating climate change 27-Sep-2015
Steven Nadel, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Keynote Speakers 17-Dec-2007
Rob P. Kool, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Keynote Speakers 17-Dec-2007
Han Seung-soo, Former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea and Special Envoy on… Keynote Speakers 17-Dec-2007
Barry Worthington, United States Energy Association Keynote Speakers 17-Dec-2007
Major Group: Women Major Groups 2-Apr-2014
Joint statement on Climate Change Major Groups 20-Jul-2015
Mr. Sha Zukang Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change 14-May-2008
China Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change 14-May-2008
Montenegro Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change 14-May-2008
Major Group: Farmers Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change 9-May-2007
Switzerland Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change 14-May-2008
Meeting the Climate-Change Challenge Avoiding the Unmanageable & Managing the… Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change 9-May-2007
United States of America Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change 14-May-2008
Kathleen Abdalla, Division for Sustainable Development Opening Session 17-Dec-2007
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Opening Session 14-Oct-2015
Bruce Braine, AEP Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Mr. Tony Surridge, South African National Energy Research Institute Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Gabriela von Goerne, Greenpeace Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Mr. Pradeep Kumar Dadhich, Senior Fellow, TERI, Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Professor Sally M. Benson, Energy Resources Engineering Department Executive Director, Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Mr. Paulo Cunha, Petrobras Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Sergey Katyshev, KEGOC Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Michael Blohm, German Environment Ministry Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Scott M. Smouse, International Coordination Team Leader, Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Paul Freund, Independent Consultant Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Ms. Li Xuejing, PetroChina Limited Presentations 11-Sep-2007
James Katzer, MIT Energy Initiative Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Ian Havercroft, UCL Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Makoto Akai, AIST Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Odd Magne Mathiassen, The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Presentations 11-Sep-2007
Ms. Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director ­‐ General Natural Resources, FAO Session 1 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Session 1 14-Oct-2015
Mr. Milton Haughton, Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Session 2 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Mukesh Rughoo, Executive Secretary, CropLife Mauritius Session 2 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Ramasamy Selvaraju, Natural Resources Officer, FAO Session 2 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Simone Libralato, Oceanography Unit, Italian National Institute of Oceanography and… Session 2 22-Oct-2015
Ms. Xianfu Lu, Team Lead, Adaptation - Impacts, Vulnerability and Risks, UNFCCC… Session 3 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Andrea Di Vecchia, Italian Biometeorology Institute, Italian National Research… Session 3 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Einar Bjorgo, Program Manager, UNOSAT Program, UNITAR Session 3 22-Oct-2015
H.E. Mr. Carl Greenidge, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana Session 4 22-Oct-2015
Dr. Paula Vivili, Director, Public Health Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community… Session 5 22-Oct-2015
Dr. Isabella Francis - Granderson, Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics, Univeristy of… Session 5 22-Oct-2015
Ms. Monica Jain, Executive Director, Fish 2.0 Session 7 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Fabio Attorre, Professor, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Rome Session 7 22-Oct-2015
Yoo Seung –jick, Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI) Session I: Realizing Energy Efficiency in Industry: Policies and Cooperation Potentials 17-Dec-2007
Lee Jusu, Korea Investment Trust Management Company (KITMC) Session I: Realizing Energy Efficiency in Industry: Policies and Cooperation Potentials 17-Dec-2007
Bai Quan, Energy Efficiency Center (ERI, NDRC), China Session I: Realizing Energy Efficiency in Industry: Policies and Cooperation Potentials 17-Dec-2007
K.K.Chakarvarti, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India Session I: Realizing Energy Efficiency in Industry: Policies and Cooperation Potentials 17-Dec-2007
Paul Kirai, Kenya Association of Manufacturers Session I: Realizing Energy Efficiency in Industry: Policies and Cooperation Potentials 17-Dec-2007
Kathryn Janda, University of Oxford Session II: Promoting Energy Efficient and Low Emissions Buildings, Urban Planning and Architecture 17-Dec-2007
Josie Close, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong Session II: Promoting Energy Efficient and Low Emissions Buildings, Urban Planning and Architecture 17-Dec-2007
Le Hoang Viet, ENERTEAM, Viet Nam Session II: Promoting Energy Efficient and Low Emissions Buildings, Urban Planning and Architecture 17-Dec-2007
Petar Kambarov, EnEFFECT, Bulgaria Session II: Promoting Energy Efficient and Low Emissions Buildings, Urban Planning and Architecture 17-Dec-2007
Dharinee Jotikasthira, Consultant and Tanongsak Wongla, Ministry of Energy, Thailand Session III: Public Benefit Campaigns for Energy Efficiency 18-Dec-2007
Jing Hui, WWF China 1 Session III: Public Benefit Campaigns for Energy Efficiency 18-Dec-2007
Arnaldo Santos, GDSE, Macao, S.A.R. China Session III: Public Benefit Campaigns for Energy Efficiency 18-Dec-2007
Kim Kyung-hee, Consultant Session III: Public Benefit Campaigns for Energy Efficiency 18-Dec-2007
Anne Arquit Niederberger, Policy Solutions, USA/Switzerland Session III: Public Benefit Campaigns for Energy Efficiency 18-Dec-2007
Sommai Phon-Amnuaisuk, IIEC, Thailand Session IV: Promoting Energy Efficiency in Lighting and Appliances 18-Dec-2007
Rumai Chen, Shanghai Energy Conservation Supervision Center Session IV: Promoting Energy Efficiency in Lighting and Appliances 18-Dec-2007
Kim Yung-rae, Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO) Session IV: Promoting Energy Efficiency in Lighting and Appliances 18-Dec-2007
Astrid Martinez Ortiz, Empresa de Energia de Bogota, Colombia Session V: Perspectives for Greater Energy Efficiency in Transport 18-Dec-2007
Johnny Nahui Ortiz, CENERGIA, Peru Session V: Perspectives for Greater Energy Efficiency in Transport 18-Dec-2007
Jo Jun-haeng, The Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) Session V: Perspectives for Greater Energy Efficiency in Transport 18-Dec-2007
Anne Arquit Niederberger, Policy Solutions, USA/Switzerland Session VI: Roundtable Discussion on Perspectives for North-South and South-South Cooperation in Energy Efficiency 18-Dec-2007
Mentor Poveda, Organization Latino-Americana de Energia – OLADE, Ecuador Session VI: Roundtable Discussion on Perspectives for North-South and South-South Cooperation in Energy Efficiency 18-Dec-2007
Sergey Surnin, Agency for Rational Energy Use and Ecology, Ukraine Session VI: Roundtable Discussion on Perspectives for North-South and South-South Cooperation in Energy Efficiency 18-Dec-2007
Pranesh C. Saha, Energy Resources Section Session VII: Plenary Roundtable on Energy Efficiency, Energy Security and Climate Change Mitigation: Perspectives for Regional Cooperation 18-Dec-2007
Andrey Shastitko, Foundation “Bureau of Economic Analysis”, Russian Federation Session VII: Plenary Roundtable on Energy Efficiency, Energy Security and Climate Change Mitigation: Perspectives for Regional Cooperation 18-Dec-2007
Birles Aliyarov, Institute of Energy Study, Kazakhstan Session VII: Plenary Roundtable on Energy Efficiency, Energy Security and Climate Change Mitigation: Perspectives for Regional Cooperation 18-Dec-2007
Ken Yeang, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, Architects, Malaysia and United Kingdom Special Keynote 18-Dec-2007
Park Hi-Chun, Inha University, Republic of Korea Special Lecture 17-Dec-2007
Briefing to the EU: Climate change and its possible security implications: Briefing on… Statements 19-Jan-2009
Speech to World Climate Conference-3 Statements 3-Sep-2009
Press conference after addressing World Climate Conference 3 Statements 3-Sep-2009
Sustainable cities and climate change Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport 6-Jan-2014
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) 8-Jan-2014
Austria Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Solomon Islands Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 8-May-2014
Brazil and Nicaragua Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Bulgaria and Croatia Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Denmark, Ireland and Norway Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Montenegro and Slovenia Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Canada, Israel and United States of America Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
South Africa Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Landlocked Developing Countries Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Group of 77 and China Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
India Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Bangladesh Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Southern Africa Region Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
France, Germany and Switzerland Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Ethiopia Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 6-May-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Denmark, Ireland and Norway Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Peru and Mexico Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Bhutan, Thailand and Viet Nam Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Sweden Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 8-May-2014
Maldives Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 8-May-2014
Iran Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Italy, Spain and Turkey Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Poland and Romania Sustainable Consumption and Production; Climate change 7-May-2014
Thailand Waste Management and Chemicals 12-May-2011

Milestones

  • January 2015 Paris Agreement
    In December 2015, the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21/CMP1) convened in Paris, France, and adopted the Paris Agreement, a universal agreement whose aim is to keep a global temperature rise for this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The Agreement recognizes that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries, and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, with a view to accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • January 2015 SDG 13
    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes climate change as one of the greatest challenges of the present time and expresses its concerns on how the adverse impacts of climate change can undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. The Agenda point out that increases in global temperature, sea level rise, ocean acidification and other climate change impacts are seriously affecting coastal areas and low-lying coastal countries, including many least developed countries and small island developing States. The survival of many societies, and of the biological support systems of the planet, is at risk. The Agenda also identifies UNFCCC as the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change and reaffirms the determination of Member States to address the threat posed by climate change and environmental degradation. Among the SDGs, Sustainable Development Goal 13 focuses on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  • January 2014 Samoa Pathway
    The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The overarching theme of the conference was "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships". The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway (Samoa Pathway) adopted at the Conference addresses priority areas for SIDS and calls for urgent actions and support for SIDS’ efforts to achieve their sustainable development.
  • The Warsaw Climate Change Conference established a pathway for governments to work on a draft text of a new universal climate agreement to be reached in Paris in 2015. At this conference, countries agreed to initiate or intensify domestic preparation for their intended national contributions towards that agreement. During the conference, countries also resolved to close the pre-2020 ambition gap by intensifying technical work and more frequent engagement of Ministers. The conference also decided to introduce an international mechanism to support most vulnerable populations with better protection against loss and damage caused by extreme weather events and slow onset events such as rising sea levels.
  • In the Future We Want, Member States reaffirm that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the present and express their concern about the continuous rising of the emissions of greenhouse gases and about the vulnerability of all countries, particularly developing countries,to the adverse impacts of climate change. They also point out the experiencing increased impacts, including persistent drought and extreme weather events, sea-level rise, coastal erosion and ocean acidification, further threatening food security and efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. In this context, Member States call for the widest possible cooperation by all countries and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, with a view to accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. In this context, they recall the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the protection of the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common, but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. Furthermore, they recognize the importance of mobilizing funding from a variety of sources, public and private, bilateral and multilateral, including innovative sources of finance, to support nationally appropriate mitigation actions, adaptation measures, technology development and transfer and capacity-building in developing countries and urge parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and parties to the Kyoto Protocol to fully implement their commitments, as well as decisions adopted under those agreements.
  • As the second largest meeting on Climate Change, the Durban Climate Change Conference represented a paramount milestone in the implementation of the Convention of Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, the Bali Action Plan and the Cancun Agreements. One of the outcomes consisted of the commitment of all the Parties to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change as soon as possible, but not later than 2015.
  • January 2010 Cancun Agreements
    The Cancun Agreements contain the most comprehensive package ever agreed by Governments to support developing States in climate change-related issues. In order to assist them in responding to the most urgent priorities related to climate change and accelerate their transformation in low emission economies, the Agreements set a timely schedule to review the progress they make towards their expressed objective of keeping the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.
  • This Expert Group Meeting on Integrating Climate Change into National Sustainable Development Strategies was organized by the Division for Sustainable Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Group Meeting convened in order to examine effective ways of addressing climate change through national sustainable development strategies and strengthen the role of sustainable development as the most effective framework within which to tackle climate change.
  • Established by UNEP and WMO as a scientific body under the auspices of the UN in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. At the core of its mission there is the review and assessment of the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide and relevant to the understanding of climate change. The 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, in particular, warned of changing weather patterns and rising sea levels due to accelerating GHG emissions from human activities.
  • January 2005 Kyoto Protocol
    Adopted in 1997, but entered into force only in 2005, the Kyoto Protocol commits industrialized countries to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions based on the principles of the Convention, sets binding emission reduction targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community in its first commitment period. Overall, these targets add up to an average five per cent emissions reduction compared to 1990 levels over the five-year period 2008 to 2012 (the first commitment period). The Protocol is binding only for developed countries since it identifies them as largely responsible for the current high levels of GHG emissions in the atmosphere. Furthermore, the Protocol places a heavier burden on developed nations under its central principle of the “common but differentiated responsibility”. The Second Commitment Period was inaugurated on 1st January 2013, after the Doha amendment to the Protocol adopted in Doha in December 2012 and will be running until 2020.