UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. UNFCCC is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Both treaties aim to "stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system."

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21 May 2019

Public consultation on principles for responsible banking by UN Environment & 28 banks (deadline: 31 May)

Author: UN Environment Finance Initiative

By developing the set of principles, the 28 founding banks set out a clear purpose for the banking industry itself, and enables investors, policy makers and regulators, clients and civil society to compare banks and hold them accountable for their...

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6 May 2019

InfluenceMap report alleges misleading climate-related branding & lobbying by major oil & gas companies; BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell & Total responded

In March 2019, InfluenceMap published research finding that the five largest publicly-traded oil and gas majors (ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and Total) have invested over $1Bn of shareholder funds in the three years following the Paris Agreement on...

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19 April 2019

World Meteorological Organization reports shows increased global temperature & extreme weather affecting lives & sustainable development worldwide

This publication marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate, which was first issued in 1994... It complements the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) five-to-seven year reporting cycle in...

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12 April 2019

Report analyses role of human rights treaty bodies in enforcing States' duty to protect people from adverse impacts of climate change

In 2018, the human rights treaty bodies of the United Nations (UN) made an unprecedented number of recommendations to States concerning their legal obligations to protect people from the adverse impacts of climate change, according to a new report by...

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15 March 2019

B Team leaders, incl. CEOs of Kering, Unilever & Virgin, support youth climate strike

Author: The B Team (USA)

Today students all over the world are taking part in #YouthStrike4Climate demanding climate action for their futures. You all have my full support. Thank you for the bravery & passion you show. #FridaysForFuture #GlobalStrike4Climate pic.twitter...

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15 March 2019

Young people stage global climate strike in 125 countries against climate inaction as CEOs voice their support

Young people rallied on 15 March to press politicians to act on climate change - the global climate strike took place in over 2000 locations in 125 countries on all continents, including Antarctica. Their message is that "last year’s UN Intergovernmen...

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15 March 2019

Young people striking against climate change say fossil fuel cos. are endangering their future

Author: Greta Thunberg, Anna Taylor & others

"Think we should be at school? Today’s climate strike is the biggest lesson of all", 15 Mar 2019...

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27 February 2019

EU Parliament & member states agree on low-carbon benchmarks to boost investment in sustainable projects

Author: EU Commission

"Sustainable finance: Commission welcomes agreement on a new generation of low-carbon benchmarks", 25 Feb 2019...

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20 February 2019

Glencore commits to limit coal production & focus on minerals for low-carbon energy transition following investor pressure

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15 January 2019

Mapping the Renewable Energy Sector to the Sustainable Development Goals: Draft Atlas for Consultation

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Equitable Origin and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network have published, “Mapping the Renewable Energy Sector: An Atlas,” a...

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