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Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic. Addressing ministers at a virtual meeting on sustainable recovery from COVID-19 on Thursday, the UN chief said that the world is confronting two urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change. More


UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Secretary-General Petteri Taalas World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will present the high-level, multi-agency United in Science 2020 report on 9 September at 1100 EDT (1500 GMT/1700 CEST).

Press room, UN headquarters in New York, with virtual linkup to WMO in Geneva. The event will be live-cast on Accredited UN journalists will also be able to join via Web-ex.

SUBJECT: Increasing climate change indicators and impacts

The report provides the latest information on greenhouse gas concentrations, the impact of COVID19 on emissions, and the emissions gap compared to the Paris Agreement targets. It gives details on the global climate 2016-2020 and projections for the forthcoming 5 years. It also considers the impact of climate change on the cryosphere, oceans and fresh water. It looks at how COVID-19 restrictions have affected the ability to monitor climate change.

The report, the second in a series, is coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization. It combines input from the Global Carbon Project, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN Environment Programme, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the UK’s Met Office.

Copies of the report (English) and press release (official U.N. languages), along with high-resolution graphics will be released to journalists under embargo.
The embargo will be lifted at 0700 EDT (1100 GMT/1300 CEST).

For further information and interview requests please contact:

New York: Dan Shepard, Information Officer, UN Department of Global Communications.
Email Tel. 1646-675-3286
Geneva: Clare Nullis, Media Officer, WMO. Email Tel 41-797091397

COVID-19: ‘Game-changer for international peace and security’ – UN chief

The world has “entered a volatile and unstable new phase” in terms of the impact of COVID-19 on peace and security, the UN chief told a virtual meeting with world leaders on Wednesday. Terrorists are exploiting the hardships caused by COVID-19 to radicalize & recruit. Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists & others are stirring up division in the wake of the virus. There is an urgent need for global unity & solidarity against violent extremism.  More

Generations of progress for women and girls could be lost to COVID pandemic, UN chief warns

Highlighting the disproportionate and devastating socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls globally, The UN chief António Guterres called on Monday for a major push to prevent “years, even generations” worth of progress on women’s empowerment, from being lost to the pandemic. More

UN experts launch ground-breaking guidance on access to justice for people with disabilities

Lawmakers, lawyers, judges and prison officers today received much-needed support from UN experts to make sure people with disabilities can use justice systems around the world as easily as anyone else, in line with international standards. More

WMO Update: 60 percent chance of La Niña

There is a 60 percent chance of a weak La Niña event developing during September to November 2020, according to a new El Niño/La Niña update from the World Meteorological Organization. Despite the tendency for La Niña to have a cooling effect on global temperatures overall, above-average temperatures are expected to be predominant. More