Climate 411: United Nations

Progress to catalyze jurisdictional REDD+

3 weeks 4 days ago
In the fight against the climate crisis, high-integrity jurisdictional REDD+ is intended to be transformational, giving forest communities and governments the ability to tap into the voluntary carbon market to access climate finance needed to ensure that large areas of tropical forests remain intact.

Financial Market Regulators Release Guidance Contemplating Oversight of VCM

2 months 3 weeks ago
This blog was authored by Holly Pearen, Lead Counsel for People & Nature at the Environmental Defense Fund. Proposed Guidance from Financial Market Regulators Could Improve Integrity and Transparency in the Voluntary Carbon Market Many of the world’s largest companies have committed to net zero, and high-quality carbon credits are increasingly seen as a key tool […]
Holly Pearen

Nature is more important than ever to realizing climate goals at COP28

2 months 4 weeks ago
This blog was co-authored by Britta Johnston, Senior Policy Analyst for Natural Climate Solutions at EDF. Heading into COP28, nature as a climate solution has been making headlines, and rightfully so. Sustainably conserving, restoring, and managing the world’s ecosystems is one of the most powerful tools we have to meet global climate goals. A recent […]
Breanna Lujan

Latin America’s Climate Challenge, and Opportunity

4 months ago
At Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week, the region’s leaders and climate stakeholders will have the opportunity to collaborate and advance discussions on climate policies that address multiple issues for both mitigation and adaptation. Climate financing, both from rich countries and the private sector, will need to be scaled up for solutions to work.
Juan Pablo Hoffmaister

Global Stocktake report highlights opportunities for ambitious climate action

4 months 4 weeks ago
This blog was co-authored by Juan Pablo Hoffmaister, AVP for Global Climate Cooperation, and Alice Alpert, Senior Climate Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund. Earlier this month, the UN released a report synthesizing the technical assessment process of the first Global Stocktake (GST) of the Paris Agreement. The report found that the world is making some progress […]
Juan Pablo Hoffmaister

Climate Week NYC 2023: A Vital Opportunity to Bolster Climate Action and Improve Lives

5 months 2 weeks ago
September has arrived, and New York City has again become the epicenter of pivotal climate discussions. Climate Week in New York City — happening alongside the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit, and the Climate Ambition Summit — provides vital opportunities to bolster cooperation, ambition, and implementation ahead of COP28.   […]
Juan Pablo Hoffmaister

3 considerations for climate negotiators as they close out the first Global Stocktake

8 months 3 weeks ago
This post was co-authored by Julia Ilhardt, High Meadows Fellow for Global Climate Cooperation at Environmental Defense Fund.  The first Global Stocktake – a process designed to assess collective progress toward the Paris Agreement’s goals on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and finance – is rapidly nearing its official conclusion at COP28. With nearly a full […]
Maggie Ferrato

Progress & Next Steps on Article 6: Looking ahead to COP28

1 year 2 months ago
This blog was co-authored by Maggie Ferrato, Manager, Global Climate Cooperation and Pedro Martins Barata, Associate Vice President, Carbon Markets & Private Sector Decarbonization. With the desert sands of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt behind us, we’re looking ahead toward COP28—and the opportunity to make further progress on Article 6, a key component of the Paris Agreement.   […]
Maggie Ferrato

Good for the planet: At COP27, Lula da Silva positioned Brazil to be a climate leader

1 year 3 months ago
Léalo en español Leia-o em português “Brazil is back,” said President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in his Nov. 16 address to COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt. But it’s a Brazil far more attuned to climate change, Amazon deforestation and Indigenous peoples’ rights than the one Lula assumed responsibility for when he first became president […]
Steve Schwartzman

Indigenous Peoples Need a Seat at the Climate Table. Here’s Why.

1 year 3 months ago
This post was authored by Santiago Garcia, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Partnerships Manager for Natural Climate Solutions at Environmental Defense Fund. This week, representatives of 190 nations, including 90 heads of state, began gathering at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to discuss and negotiate solutions for our warming planet. As important as these movers […]
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COP 27: The 3 issues we’re watching as the world gathers in Sharm El-Sheikh

1 year 3 months ago
Co-authored by Angela Churie Kallhauge, Executive Vice President, Impact; Maggie Ferrato, Manager, Global Climate; and Julia Ilhardt, High Meadows Fellow  It’s been a year since countries and companies announced new climate pledges in Glasgow.  Since then, war and economic disruption, on top of a still-raging pandemic and increasingly destructive natural disasters, have complicated those commitments […]
Maggie Ferrato

The ambition-raising opportunity of reducing methane emissions

1 year 5 months ago
This blog was authored by Alice Alpert, Senior Climate Scientist at EDF. Meaningful methane emission reductions are not only possible—such efforts can potentially have a massive impact on warming. Readily available methods to reduce methane can deliver a whopping 0.25°C of avoided temperature rise by 2050. This year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) […]

Markets, stocktake, and impacts: The three issues to watch at the UN climate talks in Bonn

1 year 8 months ago
This post was co-authored by Julia Ilhardt, High Meadows Fellow at Environmental Defense Fund Next week, climate negotiators will begin two weeks of meetings in Bonn, Germany to make progress on a full slate of issues—from carbon markets and finance to adaptation and loss and damage—before November’s global climate talks. At these mid-year negotiating sessions, […]
Maggie Ferrato

Countries must heed IPCC reports as they review collective progress under the global stocktake

1 year 10 months ago
This post was authored by Maggie Ferrato, Senior Analyst for Environmental Defense Fund. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest Working Group III report has made it clear that the world is not on track to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement—and emissions have continued to rise across all sectors—despite the technological and policy […]
Maggie Ferrato

Why we need a global stocktake that works

2 years 1 month ago
UN climate agency’s upcoming review puts a spotlight on Paris Agreement implementation  This post was co-authored by Maggie Ferrato, Senior Analyst for Environmental Defense Fund In the wake of the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, it’s clear that current climate targets are not enough to meet the Paris Agreement temperature goals, despite dozens of updated […]
Kelley Kizzier

UN aviation agency sets a new standard for sustainable flight by adopting critical fuels criteria

2 years 3 months ago
This blog post was authored by Pedro Piris-Cabezas, Director of Sustainable International Transport & Lead Senior Economist at Environmental Defense Fund As the world convened for COP 26, the United Nation’s civil aviation body announced a major milestone in the transition to sustainable flight by adopting an expanded set of sustainability criteria for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), available here.  SAF — jet fuel […]
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