Crunch time at COP24

It’s crunch time in Katowice, on what it supposed to be the last day of COP24, but the talks are heading for an all-nighter.  It is not unusual for climate conferences to run late—in fact, they all do. But it is always a question of how late.

Most vulnerable countries

Some of the world’s countries that are most vulnerable to climate change took center stage at COP24.  Led by the Marshall Islands, the Climate Vulnerable Forum countries issued a plea for accelerated action. “We are out of time,” said Marshall Island President Hilda Heine in a video. Rising sea levels, she said, threatened the country with extinction, yet that has not stopped the country from submitting a new nationally climate commitment.

The clock is ticking

Ratcheting up the pressure – Tension is rising at COP24 as the clock ticks down on the time available to complete the Paris Agreement Work Programme—which is supposed to guide countries as they implement the agreement.  UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the meeting that “it is a moment of truth” and that “Katowice must be the dawn of a new determination to unleash the promise of the Paris Agreement.” 

An insider’s view to the United Nations General Assembly

An insider’s view to the United Nations General Assembly

Many of the photos taken during the world’s largest international diplomatic event never find their way into the public domain. The UN Social Media team has selected some of these photos for this article. In the opening photo you see Amal Clooney in an all red dress...

On Peaceday, the General Debate continues into its third day

On Peaceday, the General Debate continues into its third day

Engage and mobilize people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants, that’s the goal of this years' Peaceday, which is celebrated on Thursday as the General Debate continues. Throughout Peaceday people are encouraged to showcase the shared...

The General Debate, and what to look out for on the first day

The General Debate, and what to look out for on the first day

As Heads of State and government from across the globe gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for the opening of the General Assembly's annual high-level debate, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will kick off the Tuesday Morning...

World leaders visit Social Media Space ahead of General Debate

World leaders visit Social Media Space ahead of General Debate

After the high-level "UN Week" kicked off on Sunday evening with a first-ever Facebook Live question and answer session with Secretary-General António Guterres, United Nations Headquarters opened its doors on Monday for heads of state and diplomats attending meetings...