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Climate Change



The UNECE region is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for 34% of the world’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion. The people of the region are increasingly feeling the impacts of climate change - from wildfires to flooding, heatwaves and drought.  

Through its norms, standards, conventions and policy assistance, UNECE provides practical tools to support countries in their climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, to leverage financing, and to strengthen collaboration. 

In focus

Pre-COP27 UNECE Regional Forum warns action urgently needed on sustainable financing and use of Critical Raw Materials

Without scaled-up efforts to finance and sustainably manage the Critical Raw Materials needed for a rapid renewables and clean energy shift, countries of the pan-European region and North America will face huge challenges to deliver on the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals, the final pre-COP27 UN Regional Forum warned. Putting the spotlight on the huge investment gap and pointing to available solutions, the Forum - organized by UNECE in partnership with the Egyptian Presidency of COP27 and the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for COP26 and COP27 - underscored the transformative potential of targeted financing for ambitious climate projects, while stressing the key role of UN tools to mitigate environmental, social and ethical risks. 

Seeking to translate this into action, the Forum discussed investment projects from across the region, shaping a portfolio of thirty high-impact climate action projects, focused on areas from scaling up renewables deployment to means of energy storage, and from critical raw materials to waste and digitalization, ten of which will be presented at COP27 as part of a UN compendium of climate finance initiatives. They are a sample of a much larger universe of projects and initiatives that exist in the UNECE region. Read more 

COP 27: for the climate action we urgently need  

The COP27 UN Climate Change Conference will take place from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. This will offer an important opportunity to UNECE member States and all Parties worldwide to scale up commitments to deliver on the Paris Agreement and Glasgow Climate Pact.  UNECE will be fully engaged to support the climate action we urgently need.  Read more