The UN and Climate Change (under construction 9/16/19)



The United Nations has been at the forefront of discussions on the global response needed to combat climate change.  Below are a few of the most important sources of information on the climate crisis from the UN Family of Agencies.

Key Resources
  • UN Climate Action Summit -- Sept. 23, 2019.  High level meetings to address the defining issue of our time -- climate change.
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) -- Established in 1988 with the World Meteorological Organization the IPCC is the premier international organization coordinating and disseminating scientific information on climate change.
    • Recent reports
      • Global Warming of 1.5 ºC -- A special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. 2018
      • Assessment Reports -- The IPCC regularly produces reports outlining the state of scientific knowledge for causes, impacts, and needed responses to climate change
  • Sustainable Development Goals.  Originally promulgated in .... the goals were updated in ... and identify targets to reach a more just society.
Main Bodies

Departments and Programs
Specialized Agencies
The UN family of agencies includes many with specialized missions include the study of the effects of climate change.
Non-Governmental Organizations
Non-governmental organizations with consultative status at the UN have a formal role in the development of UN policies and programs.  They work most closely with the the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)  A complete list of NGOs with consultative  status is available at the UN website
  • World Resources Institute