Climate Change

UNEP,2010

Climate change is the defining issue of our time. It is the ultimate test for the global community to unite and meet a challenge that respects no borders. It exacerbates nearly every other development challenge. At the same time, taking climate action will help solve many other social, environmental and economic problems as well. In fact, by acting on climate change we can significantly advance the sustainable development agenda.

 The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Climate change is the defining issue of our time. It is the ultimate test for the global community to unite and meet a challenge that respects no borders. It exacerbates nearly every other development challenge. At the same time, taking climate action will help solve many other social, environmental and economic problems as well. In fact, by acting on climate change we can significantly advance the sustainable development agenda.

More than any other institution or organization in the world, the United Nations has been at the forefront of efforts to address climate change. The UN has been a leader in assessing the state of the science through the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It has brought countries together through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and has facilitated the agreement of a universal and meaningful climate agreement: At the conclusion of the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), held from 30 November – 11 December 2015 in Paris, Member States adopted the Paris Agreement, a historic commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change globally.

In a joint statement, issued prior to COP21, the UN System Chief Executives had pledged to provide strong and coherent support to Member States in addressing climate change as an integral part of the implementation of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To this end, the UN system is strengthening its coordinated approach to supporting climate action in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As a first step, in April 2016, the UN System Chief Executives Board agreed on "Common Core Principles for a UN System-wide Approach to Climate Action".

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UN System Strategic Approach on Climate Change Action

The Strategic Approach represents a unifying vision for collaborative UN action on climate change and serves as a driver and tool for the UN system to reinforce and operationalize the CEB Common Core Principles for a UN system-wide Approach to Climate Action; to encourage and guide integrated action in the areas of climate change and sustainable development; to identify and foster action in key impact areas; and to ensure coherent and, where possible, joint approaches to the UN’s country-level work on climate change.

Common Core Principles for a UN System-wide Approach to Climate Action

In 2016 CEB adopted the "Common Core Principles for a UN System-wide Approach to Climate Action". The principles have been designed to guide a system-wide approach and inform and strengthen the system’s collective support to climate change action under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UNFCCC process, and the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the global, regional and national and sub-national level.

The UN system at the UNFCCC COPs

During the annual Conferences of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COPs), the UN system highlights actions in support of countries’ efforts to understand and manage the opportunities and challenges related to climate action, and maximize the development co-benefits that stem from low carbon and climate resilient growth. From 2007 until 2015, the UN system’s joint engagement in the COPs was coordinated by the HLCP Working Group on Climate Change. With the conclusion of its mandate in April 2016, the UNFCCC Secretariat has taken over this coordination role.

The HLCP Working Group on Climate Change

The Working Group on Climate Change was established by HLCP in 2007 with the aim of of facilitating a coherent approach and joint action of the United Nations system on climate change. Until the conclusion of its mandate in 2016, the Working Group served as a platform to share climate-related information and knowledge among its members; initiate joint implementation of climate action; inform CEB members on climate change issues; coordinate the UN system’s engagement in the UNFCCC COPs and other relevant fora; and prepare joint outreach and communication tools.

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 16/04/2017
Action on Climate change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 26/09/2016
Action on Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 08/03/2016
Action on the System-wide road map for UN Climate Neutrality by 2020, High-Level Committee on Management - Decision posted: 22/04/2015
Action on Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 10/12/2014

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The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on Programme Matters, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 25/11/2013
Action on Climate Change, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 24/10/2008
Action on Climate Neutral UN, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 26/10/2007

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 16/04/2017
Action on Climate change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 26/09/2016
Action on Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 08/03/2016
Action on Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 10/12/2014
Action on Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 18/03/2014

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The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on the System-wide road map for UN Climate Neutrality by 2020, High-Level Committee on Management - Decision posted: 22/04/2015

The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of 31st session (March 2016, Geneva) (CEB/2016/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 08/06/2016
Report of 32nd session (September 2016, New York) (CEB/2016/6), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 01/12/2016
First Regular Session Report (April 2008, Bern) (CEB/2008/1), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
First Regular Session Report (April 2010, Vienna) (CEB/2010/1), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
Second Regular Session Report (October 2008, New York) (CEB/2008/2), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011

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The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

First Regular Session Report (April 2010, Vienna) (CEB/2010/1), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
Second Regular Session Report (October 2008, New York) (CEB/2008/2), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
First Regular Session Report (April 2008, Bern) (CEB/2008/1), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
Second Regular Session Report (November 2012, New York) Videoconference (CEB/2012/2), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 12/12/2012
First Regular Session Report (May 2014, Rome) (CEB/2014/1), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 18/08/2014

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The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of 31st session (March 2016, Geneva) (CEB/2016/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 08/06/2016
Report of 32nd session (September 2016, New York) (CEB/2016/6), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 01/12/2016
Report of 20th Session (September 2010, Geneva) (CEB/2010/6), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 25/11/2011
Report of Intersessional meeting (July 2007, Geneva) (CEB/2007/8), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 25/11/2011
Report of 16th Session (September 2008, Rome) (CEB/2008/6), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 25/11/2011

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The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of 17th Session (February 2009, Rome) (CEB/2009/3), High-Level Committee on Management - Session report posted: 23/11/2011
Report of 14th Session (September 2007, New York) (CEB/2007/6), High-Level Committee on Management - Session report posted: 23/11/2011
Report of 29th Session (March 2015, Paris) (CEB/2015/3), High-Level Committee on Management - Session report posted: 17/04/2015

The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of UNDG meeting (February 2015, New York), United Nations Development Group - Session report posted: 10/08/2016
Annual Overview Report (June 2008, New York) (E/2008/58), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Report posted: 25/11/2011
Annual Overview Report (June 2010, New York) (E/2010/69), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Report posted: 25/11/2011
Annual Overview Report (July 2009, Geneva) (E/2009/67), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Report posted: 25/11/2011
Annual Overview Report (July 2013, New York) (E/2014/69), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Report posted: 11/06/2014
Annual Overview Report (July 2015, New York) (E/2015/71), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Report posted: 01/06/2015

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Executive Summary, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 06/12/2011
Public awareness raising, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 06/12/2011
Climate-neutral UN, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 06/12/2011
Reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 06/12/2011
Climate knowledge: science, assessment, monitoring and early warning, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 06/12/2011

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Common Core Principles for a UN System-wide Approach to Climate Action, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Statements posted: 07/04/2017
Annex: CEB communiqué, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Press Releases posted: 06/12/2011
CEB High-level side event: COP19-Press Release, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Press Releases posted: 20/11/2013
COP 18: Intervention by President, World Water Council, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Statements posted: 12/03/2013
CEB statement on Moving towards a Climate-Neutral United Nations (27 October 2007) , Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Statements posted: 16/02/2012

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CEB High-level side event: COP19-Event Programme, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 14/11/2013
CEB High-level side event: COP18-Event Programme, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 12/03/2013
One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change - UN CC: Learn, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Flyers posted: 15/02/2013
Tools for UN Country Teams, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Flyers posted: 15/02/2013
Climate Neutral UN, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Flyers posted: 15/02/2013

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SIDS, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - posted: 18/08/2014
UN System joint publication on climate change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 28/11/2014
Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 17/10/2011
The UN system at the UNFCCC COPs, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 05/07/2012
CEB Climate Change Action Framework, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 21/08/2013

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CEB High-level side event: COP19-Event Programme, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 14/11/2013
CEB High-level side event: COP18-Event Programme, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 12/03/2013
One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change - UN CC: Learn, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Flyers posted: 15/02/2013
Tools for UN Country Teams, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Flyers posted: 15/02/2013
Climate Neutral UN, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Flyers posted: 15/02/2013

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