UN Environment Programme was present at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) to take the next crucial steps to fight climate change. UNEP was supporting countries in their drive to raise their ambitions and move from negotiation to implementation. The urgent objectives were to translate the Paris Agreement into robust, ambitious, sufficient NDCs and ensure that they were set up for successful implementation.

Successful implementation won't happen in isolation: the Private Sector and Civil Society are stakeholders and change agents with a vital role to play and commitments to make. UNEP is committed to supporting the discussions regarding article 6 of the Paris Agreement, regarding common understanding and agreements between member statements regarding carbon taxation. UNEP is also conscious that the impacts of climate change are far-reaching and that this COP does not ignore the many inter-linkages to nexus issues such as biodiversity, health, security and the SDGs. 

Inger Andersen, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UNEP
"The world is looking to the Climate COP 25 in Madrid for tough decisions that speak to the science. Countries need to take a quantum leap in climate action and this needs to be reflected in the nationally determined contributions.
It is time for countries and the private sector to lean in and commit to working with nature so we can buy valuable time as we decarbonize our economies."

Inger Andersen
UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director


  • 11th December 2019 : Accelerating the energy transformation in support of sustainable development and the Paris Agreement
  • 11th December 2019 : Official launch of the Resource Efficiency and Climate Change Summary for Policy Makers. 
  • 11th December 2019 : International Mountain Day: From Andes to Alps and other mountains: Elevating regional cooperation on monitoring and climate change adaptation.
  • 12th December 2019 : Nature Based Solutions to face the Planetary Emergency.