Climate change pervades, and is already leaving its mark, on nearly every aspect of life: the ecosystems that support and sustain us; the food we eat and the availability of our water; our financial and energy systems; and the health of human beings and wildlife. Climate change knows no boundaries.
The UN Foundation focuses on the intersections between climate change and targeted critical issues and sectors – such as foreign policy and finance, and across the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals—to broaden the community of stakeholders and give them the tools and understanding to address the climate crisis and navigate its impacts. Our work includes:
- Driving sub-national leadership in the United States through the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors who are committed to fulfilling the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Alliance is housed at the UN Foundation.
- Bridging the gap between climate experts and the foreign policy and national security communities, through the Climate in Foreign Policy Project.
- Aligning private-sector climate action with a net-zero-by-2050 emissions trajectory, with a particular focus on investors.
- Elevating the importance of cultivating climate resilience and solutions in the agriculture and food sector in the run up to the UN Secretary-General’s 2021 Food Systems Summit.
- Building bridges at the intersection of climate and ocean issues through advocacy, communications, and issue expertise around negotiations at the United Nations and major global events.
- Supporting ambitious outcomes in the development of new biodiversity targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity, including helping to align the nature and climate agendas.
- Mobilizing new constituencies for change through partnerships, major events, and elevating youth voices and other vital drivers of action.