The United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Ambition Summit showcased “first movers and doers” responding to the call for accelerated climate action. Taking place at the UN headquarters in New York on 20 September 2023, the Summit championed leadership, solutions and ambitious actions that are driving the transition to a low-carbon, equitable and climate-resilient global economy. All […]
Razan Al Mubarak: By transforming our food systems we can feed the world, help deliver on our climate goals, and restore nature
At Climate Week NYC, Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, calls on all actors to step up to transform food systems ahead of Climate Summit in UAE.
Scaling regenerative agriculture in consumer industries: The quickest path to a nature-positive, net zero and resilient world
Regenerative agriculture is pivotal in combating global emissions and ensuring a sustainable future. As industries face urgent challenges, research reveals pathways to integrate sustainable practices, harness technology, access funding, and foster collaborations, all aiming towards transformative change by COP30.
Partner: DARAJA, Resurgence Implementers: Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) in Nairobi, the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) in Dar es Salaam, Resurgence, the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) and array of key local community partners and leaders. Country & Region:Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda – Africa Impact System: Human Settlements /Early Warning Systems […]
Guest interview, Dr Susan Chomba, Director of Vital Landscapes at the World Resources Institute (WRI)
Realising Africa’s latecomer advantage – empowering a global climate leader in waiting In her role at the WRI, Dr. Susan Chomba leads the Food, Land and Water programs in Africa under the Vital landscapes pillar. Susan is leading the nature track and has contributed to the Food Systems as a whole at the Africa Climate […]
Safi Organics is an organic fertilizer venture from Kenya. They use technology to decentralize fertilizer production by using locally available resources, making it feasible to implement fertilizer production plants in local villages. The Climate Champions are joined by Joyce Kamande, who explains how they are serving 10,000 smallholder farmers. Watch the video. Find out more […]
Ampersand is an e-mobility venture operating in Rwanda and Kenya, providing 2-wheeled electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure. Joining the Climate Champions, Brady Grimes explains how Ampersand is revolutionizing the motorcycle taxi market in East Africa. Watch the video. Find out more about our participation in Africa Climate Week 2023.
Phoenix Edison is a project in Nigeria, aiming to provide a 24 megawatt (MW) waste-to-power plant processing 270,000 tons of solid waste annually. Spotlighting this, the Climate Champions are joined by Noble Ekajeh. Watch the video here. Find out more about our participation in Africa Climate Week 2023.
Ademola Ogunbanjo, Executive Vice President at Oando Clean Energy joins the Climate Champions to talk about how they are launching a 12,000 electric bus fleet in Lagos, Nigeria, by 2030. Sending a strong signal of change, Mr. Ogunbanjo explains what this means for the road transport sector in Nigeria, and how other corporations both in […]
In the face of frequent floods, Nepal’s farming community finds hope in a pioneering initiative: index-based flood insurance, a collaboration with our Race to Resilience partner, offering financial relief and a step towards a resilient future for the nation’s agrarian backbone.
With temperatures rising in Asia at twice the rate of the global average and as cities prepare for another intense heat season, North Dhaka has appointed its first ever Chief Heat Officer.
With four months until COP28, partner organizations of the Mangrove Breakthrough recently met to accelerate efforts to unlock $4 billion USD in funding and secure the future of 15 million hectares of mangrove forests by 2030.
The scorching heat currently engulfing Rome serves as a stark backdrop to our discussions here at the second UN Food Systems Summit. Held within these ancient city walls, this conference is a timely reminder that our actions today will shape the future of our planet and generations yet to come. The science is clear – we need to transform our food system, urgently, to deliver for people and the planet.
Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin brings together green energy project developers and investors in Europe to explore opportunities for collaboration
Today’s forum to be held in Frankfurt is themed “Climate Initiatives to Finance Climate Action and the SDGs”. It is the second of five regional forums in the run up to COP28, set up in partnership between the COP27 and COP28 Presidencies, the UN Regional Commissions and the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions. The forums […]
Portsmouth’s dual-fronted battle against time and tide reveals a city galvanized, innovating and adapting to safeguard its future. Here we explore Portsmouth’s bold moves, providing a blueprint for coastal cities worldwide grappling with similar threats.
H.E Razan Al Mubarak: Nature is not ornamental, but fundamental. LCAW opens with focus on nature and policy engagement
At the opening of London Climate Action Week, and marking the third anniversary of Race to Zero and the launch of the 5th P Handbook, prominent climate leaders came together to share their visions and strategies for accelerating our race to a net zero, nature positive and resilient world.
How key financial institutions and Race to Zero members, from Aviva Investors to Railpen, are adopting practices that adhere to the campaign’s 5th ‘P’: Persuade.
This nature-based solution involves creating up to 20 acres of engineered oyster reefs and up to 30 acres of salt marshes to help protect the vulnerable coastline of Florida’s Apalachicola Bay.
Discover how partner organizations such as Health Care Without Harm and ALIMA are walking the walk on net zero, encouraging members to join the Race to Zero, and influencing legislative decisions at home and abroad.
From Mannheim to Montreal: How cities and regions across the globe are leading the charge in climate action
Regions, states, and cities are stepping up and responding to the climate crisis by championing ambitious emission reductions and carbon taxes, while promoting sustainable practices across multiple sectors.
From influencing legislation and shaping renewable energy policies, to leading research on greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, education institutions are helping drive the Race to Zero.
Race to Zero members, Salesforce, Enel, Orsted, Tesco, GSMA, BT Group, and Magway are leading the charge in their respective industries by developing and implementing innovative strategies and policies aimed at creating a net zero, nature-positive future.
Youth involvement, Indigenous perspectives, and enhanced local financial commitments to nature-based solutions were among the key priorities identified at this year’s Bonn Climate Change Conference.
The financial world is undergoing a remarkable transformation as more and more institutions recognize the urgent need to address the environmental crisis and take immediate action. Among those entering the race are PFZW, Avon Pension Fund and AP Pension
Discover how Race to Resilience partner, Build Change, empowers people in the Philippines with resilient housing, leveraging microfinance solutions to address disaster risks and improve lives.
Resilience experts and members of Race to Resilience’s MAG advisory group, Anand Patwardhan, Emilie Beauchamp, Ana Maria Lobo-Guerrero, and Paulina Aldunce, underline the transformative impact of the Sharm El Sheikh Adaptation Agenda in driving collaboration and fast-tracking action to bridge the adaptation gap and support the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Urban sustainability expert, Karim Elgendy, emphasizes cities’ untapped potential in reshaping climate governance, calling for inclusive governance involving civil society, the private sector, and sub-national governments to empower them.
To mark World Oceans Day, we delve into the maritime industry’s net zero transition. CMB CEO Alexander Saverys explains how the company is helping propel the change through their advocacy for green hydrogen.
To mark World Environment Day, Houdini’s Sustainability Coordinator, Malva Carlsson, highlights the company’s aim to go beyond net zero and become regenerative, benefiting ecosystems and societies.
On World Environment Day, the environmental company and Race to Zero member, Ragn-Sells, joins the global call for solutions to plastic pollution. With a focus on circular practices, Ragn-Sells is dedicated to tackling this environmental challenge and working towards a sustainable future.
As the Bonn Climate Change Conference gets underway, UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for COP27 and COP28, Mahmoud Mohieldin and Razan Al Mubarak, outline their priorities.
Find out more about the process for taking stock of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which concludes at COP28 this December.
From bustling urban landscapes of the U.S., to vibrant communities in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, and beyond, discover the ambitious initiatives undertaken by cities in the Race to Zero campaign under Cities Race to Zero.
Discover some of the initiatives undertaken by Race to Zero members, Salesforce, Unilever, L’Oréal, Microsoft, and Nike, as they strive towards a net zero, nature-positive, world.
Elizabeth Mrema: “Protecting and restoring nature is good business – it generates value, builds resilience, and supports net zero plans”
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, former Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, issues a resolute call to state and non-state actors alike to safeguard ecosystems, emphasizing the dire consequences of inaction.
The G7 Summit in Hiroshima, 19-21 May, represents a pivotal moment for global cooperation and a commitment to building a resilient, equitable, and sustainable world for future generations.
Plans being drawn up to incentivise low carbon shipping must be inclusive and equitable, warns Tuvalu government official Asela Peneueta.
There is growing evidence that the private sector can help address the climate adaptation finance gap and increase the resilience of vulnerable communities against the severe effects of climate change.
From significantly increased financial resources to engaging Indigenous peoples, Ms. Juliette Biao, Director of the UN Forum on Forests, explains what’s needed to protect these critical ecosystems.
Migrating to carbon-neutral aviation such as battery-electric and hydrogen flights could require up to 1,700TWh of clean energy by 2050. FInd out what else it will take.
ClientEarth CEO, Laura Clarke discusses why the law is critical to kicking the low-carbon transition into hyperdrive, for the benefit of people, the planet, shareholders and corporations themselves.
Coal, oil and gas are being pushed out of power grids by a record expansion of wind and solar, according to climate think tank Ember.
Exponential Roadmap Initiative Co-founders, Owen Gaffney and Johan Falk argue the answer to putting our planet on a better track lies in reinforcing feedback loops.
Young people and future generations are environmental stewards of the future. The Climate Champions Team, in support of the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, are committed to strengthening youth agency in climate action.
Exponential Roadmap Initiative: And now for the good news from the IPCC report, the 1.5C target is still viable
The IPCC has made it clear: We have the science base and the solutions we need to seize this brief window of opportunity to give our own and future generations a stable planet.
In the wake of the IPCC’s latest synthesis report, the Ocean & Climate Platform (OCP) has published a paper on the role of marine ecosystems, the impacts of human activities and climate change, and the solutions they could offer.
Ellen Shaddock, Sustainability Officer at AXA XL, explains how the global insurance and reinsurance company’s Valuing Water initiative aims to help companies better identify water-related risks and equip them with the tools to mitigate and manage them.
‘It can be done. It must be done’: IPCC delivers definitive report on climate change, and where to now
The world is in deep trouble on climate change, but if we really put our shoulder to the wheel, we can turn things around, say Lead Author and Vice Chair of the IPCC Working Group, Frank Jotzo and Mark Howden.
The IPCC has launched its latest report on the climate crisis, summarising five years of reports on global temperature rises, fossil fuel emissions and climate impacts.
International Women’s Day: “The urgency demands phenomenal leadership which women repeatedly demonstrate”
UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for COP27 and COP28, H.E Ms Razan Al Mubarak and Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, along with our Global Ambassadors, explain why women’s equal participation and leadership in political and public life are key to accelerating the race to a net zero and resilient world.
Avoiding greenwashing and defining emission reductions: How a science-based framework could catalyse maritime’s Race to Zero
UMAS Principal Consultant, Jean-Marc Bonello explains what impact a science-based framework will have on the sector’s Race to Zero.
A nature-positive future holds unlimited opportunities for businesses to both mitigate risk and explore new products, markets or business models, argue Sharon Thorne Global Chair, Deloitte & Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
Creating a well-protected and sustainably managed ocean is a tough challenge, but by working together across borders it can be met – and 2023 presents a suite of critical opportunities for meaningful global action.
Moving towards a low-emission economy will require the creation of millions of ‘green jobs’ and the development of new skills
What is regenerative agriculture and how can it help us get to net zero food systems? 3 industry leaders explain
Climate-smart and regenerative food systems can lead the race to achieve net-zero, nature positive results by 2030.
The Pacific Institute: We must mainstream biodiversity planning and upscale this across every landscape, watershed, country, and ocean
The Pacific Institute is on a mission to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges with a long-term strategic goal to catalyse the transformation to water resilience in the face of climate change by 2030. Here, its lead architects, explain why a robust — and implemented — agreement on nature at COP15, will catalyse their work.
REAP: From pandemics, to climate change and pollution, we cannot tackle the current crises we are facing without addressing nature
Race to Resilience partner, the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) explain why biodiversity, and specfically COP15, is integral to their work.
Race to Resilience partner, the Just Rural Transition explains why the protection of biodiversity, and therefore COP15, is critical to its work.
As COP15 continues, Race to Zero partner, the Climate Group underlines the necessity of an integrated approach to the climate crisis with actions that recognise mitigation, adaptation and nature.
Resilience First: We need to incentivise businesses to find ways of creating value from restoring nature
Race to Resilience partner, Resilience First, the world’s largest business network focused on business and organisational resilience, explains why a successful outcome at COP15 is critical for the acceleration of a safer, healthier world.
With $468 trillion in assets across the globe, fully addressing the climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises – in a way that is aligned with commercial objectives – is fully within the reach of financial markets, writes Frannie Leautier, Partner, CEO of SouthBridge Investment.
The United Nations Biodiversity Conference, referred to as COP15, starts next week in Montreal, with governments from around the world coming together to agree, amongst other things, on a new set of goals and targets that will guide global action on nature through 2030.
Marine Protected Areas: Restoring, preserving, and protecting the integrity and resilience of our ocean for future generations
There is an urgent need to incorporate climate into site management of Marine Protected Areas to help restore, preserve, and protect the integrity and resilience of our ocean for future generations, argues Kristina Rodriguez, Yale School of the Environment.
Johannah Christensen CEO, Global Maritime Forum & Katharine Palmer, Shipping Lead, Climate Champions explain why the maritime industry is ready to lead the way in our transition to a clean, just, and resilient zero-carbon world.
“The window on fossil fuel investment must be rapidly closed before it is unceremoniously slammed shut, with disastrous consequences”
Tzeporah Berman, Chair for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty & Carroll Muffet, President and CEO for the Center for International Environmental Law, explain why significant momentum is building behind the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
We need to turn away from dramatic headlines about the number of people on the planet and instead focus on the actual issue driving the continued rise of humans on Earth—a lack of rights, for women and girls in particular, says Kristen P. Patterson, Director, Drawdown Lift, Project Drawdown.
Dr. Agnes Kalibata: To reverse runaway climate change and build resilient societies we need to transform food systems
Climate Champions’ Global Ambassador, Dr. Agnes Kalibata is President of AGRA, an African led and Africa based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the centre of the continent’s growing economy. In this interview, Dr Kalibata discusses why urgently transforming our food systems is not only critical for our environment and the climate, but for the economy – creating opportunities for urgent growth in a time of compounded crises.
Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), is a youth-led gender-balanced advocacy group that focuses largely on environmental sustainability and community development. Its founders explain the impact of its actions.
Building a maritime sector that thrives in a world of mounting climate and geopolitical shocks and stresses
CEO of Resilience Rising, Seth Schultz explains why and how the maritime sector is putting resilience on an equal footing with mitigation.
Introducing the African Cities Water Adaptation Fund (ACWA Fund), a new Africa-focused blended finance instrument that will support city leaders to fund and scale high-impact water resilience solutions across Africa.
How new innovative financing mechanism N3F can drive a transformation of Africa’s food systems to both address climate change and provide a healthy and sustainable diet for all.
Africa can lead the world in limiting emissions, drive climate restoration and orient Africa towards its strengths which translate into major new segments of economic opportunity, writes Jack Kimani, Founding CEO of the Climate Action Platform for Africa (CAP-A).
The demands of the most impacted — particularly African, Indigenous, youth, and women voices — must be centered throughout these next two weeks at COP27 and beyond, writes Carissa Patrone Maikuri, Program Coordinator, Drawdown Lift, Project Drawdown
A new Blue-Tinted White Paper, Investment Protocol: Unlocking Financial Flows for Coastal Cities Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building aims to highlight the specific needs of coastal cities and inform investment decisions.
The amount of renewable energy we produce has increased by 10% in 2022, leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions from the global power sector.
As the third Regional Finance Forum concludes in Santiago, Chile, Robert Muggah and Mac Margolis from Brazil-based think tank, Igarapé InstituteCities examine how citie across the global south are overheating and facing stark impacts from climate change, especially in the second most urbanized region in the world, Latin America.
This World Water Week, Diageo discusses how investing in water not only invests in the future of women, but also increases business resilience.
As senior government officials and non-state actors attend 2022 Africa Climate Week in Libreville, Gabon (29 August – 2 September) a reflection on Africa’s untapped potential to provide solutions to the global climate crisis, by Ibrahim Thiaw, Acting Executive Secretary of UN Climate change.
Africa’s long-standing development challenges, compounded by shocks to global supply chains, underscore the urgent need to drive progress and innovation in pivoting Africa’s food system.
What does a regional adaptation plan could look like? The case of water management and sustainable agriculture in Thailand
With the second Regional Finance Forum taking place in Bangkok today, multinational insurance company and Race to Zero member Axa examines why adaptation finance is so important for Thailand.
There’s a reason why e-bike popularity is on the up. Fitted with a motor and a highly intuitive control system, this revelation in bike technology is set to revolutionise the way city dwellers navigate their way around town.
The World Economic Forum’s first Net Zero Industry Tracker, developed in collaboration with Accenture, reveals the scale of the challenge and sheds light on how industries can get on track for net zero.
Ahead of COP27 in November 2022, the incoming Egyptian Presidency of COP27, the United Nations Regional Commissions, and the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for COP26 and COP27 are jointly organising a series of regional forums to accelerate financial flows to the projects needed to reduce emissions, build climate resilience, and advance the 2030 Sustainable […]
Preserving nature is a key element in the world’s effort both to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and it also happens to be good for business. But new findings show that much of the private sector continues to lag far behind in tackling deforestation and protecting biodiversity.
As resilience continues to improve, it should be possible to move from crisis management to risk management of droughts in the Horn of Africa, explains David Nash, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Brighton.
Cutting nature out of the equation is equivalent to entering the ring with one arm tied behind your back, says Maria Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition.
Deloitte Climate and Sustainability Consultant, Talal Rafi, explains why with increasing support for environmental sustainability, green investments and climate innovation, key sectors can decarbonize and move towards a net zero.
Nature-related risks matter to businesses due to impacts on markets, operations, supply chains, and customer base. Beyond the motivation for biosphere stewardship generally, and ocean stewardship specifically, the economic rationale for investing in coastal ecosystems is strong.
To transition fairly, developed markets must help emerging markets find the financing they need – and it is here that private investors can have a huge impact, writes Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank.
In an increasingly challenging and volatile world, the urgent need to decarbonize real estate remains a constant, explains Christian Ulbrich, Global Chief Executive Officer; President, JLL