Our planet is warming .
An astonishing 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have occurred in the twenty-first century .
The past three years were the hottest since records began.
With this warming comes climate change, causing extreme storms, droughts and floods .
We witnessed these climate disasters many times in 2017 and were shocked .
Yet, these are only the most dramatic and visible impacts .
Other upheavals range from reduced crop productivity to forced migration .
Climate change is the single biggest threat to life, security and prosperity on Earth .
Governments at all levels, civil society, the private sector and individuals are acting to limit global temperatures to agreed levels and to help vulnerable communities adapt to the effects of climate change we cannot avoid .
UNClimate Change’s mandated is to lead and support the global community in this international response, with the Paris Agreement and the Convention being the long-term vehicles for united global climate action .
For UN Climate Change, much of 2017 was about the hard work of ironing out the details of the new climate regime .
This is a laborious process .
Without it, however, the Paris Agreement will have no impact .
COP 23, presided over by Fiji, demonstrated that there is an unstoppable climate movement supported by all sectors of society across the globe .
Almost 30,000 people took part: Heads of State, ministers, delegates from Parties, private sector and civil society leaders, representatives of international organizations, youth groups and indigenous peoples, and many more .
During the conference, financial commitments amounting to almost USD 1 billion to tackle climate change were made.
Building on the negotiations over the years, we saw key decisions made by governments, many of which broke new ground. Read the whole article here