A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



Climate change & Biodiversity

are highlighted

While the vast majority of UN agencies and programs listed on this page address climate change and/or biodiversity in some way, those with a core focus on one or the other are highlighted. Please note that this is a work-in-

progress; keep in mind that there is no straightforward widely accepted criteria for determining what constitutes “climate-focused” or “biodiversity-focused.”


United Nations homepage

     Climate Action

     High-Level Expert Group on Net Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities

     UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance


UN Environment Programme homepage

     United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

     Climate change

     Climate Initiatives Platform

           · “This portal collects, shares and tracks information on international cooperative climate

              initiatives driven by non-state actors such as businesses and cities, often with support

              from national states. More than 50 data points are open for each initiative.”

     International Resource Panel

     World Environment Situation Room (WESR)

          · Also available under

     World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC)

      Global Resources Information Database (GRID) Network

     · Also find UNEP at:

            · Youth page

              · Environmental disasters, emergencies & CBRN events page

                · Climate change page

                  · Freshwater Institutions page

                    · Biodiplomacy page


UN Framework Convention on Climate Change homepage


UN Convention on Biological Diversity homepage

     Climate Change & Biodiversity

     Cross cutting issues: Climate change and biodiversity

     Thematic database: Climate change adaptation


UN Food & Agriculture Organization homepage

     · Also see:

          · FAO @ Forest institutions

          · FAO @ Freshwater institutions

          · FAO @ Fisheries institutions

     Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA)

     Committee on World Food Security

          High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

     Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure

          · Full title: Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land,

            Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT)


     International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

          · also known as the Farmers’ Rights Treaty or Seed Treaty

     Land Cover Classification System (LCCS)


High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development homepage


International Fund for Agricultural Development


UN International Organization for Migration homepage

     Environmental Migration Portal

          · Database on the current environmental refugee crises, recent studies published by relevant

                organizations, profiles on the environmental refugee activity in specific countries, and

                policy briefs, explanations, and general information.


UN Conference on Trade and Development homepage

     Trade, environment, climate change & sustainable development

     Biotrade Initiative

UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library

UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library

     Research guides

          Climate change

          Ocean Conference and SDG 14

          UN Documentation: Environment


UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs homepage

     Population Division

          World Population Prospects

     Population "key issues" page


UN Development Program

     Accelerator Labs

     Learning for Nature

     Cimate Change Adaptation


UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction homepage


Environment Management Group homepage

          · “...a system-wide coordination body on environment and human settlements. It was

            established in 2001 pursuant to the General Assembly resolution 53/242 in July 1999.”


UN Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization homepage

     Climate change

     Ecological Sciences for Sustainable Development

     Intangible Cultural Heritage

     Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

     Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

     UNESCO's Commitment to biodiversity

     Ecological Sciences for Sustainable Development     

          Man and the Biosphere

          Biosphere Reserves

     World Heritage Convention & Centre

          · “UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural

            and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity."

     World Heritage Outlook


UN Population Fund

UN Habitat

UN Habitat homepage

     Earth Observations Toolkit for Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements

UN Harmony with Nature

UN Harmony with Nature homepage


UN High Commisioner for Refugees homepage

     What is a refugee?

     Environment, disasters and climate change

           · UNHCR website on emergencies in different countries & general refugee information on a range

          of issues includng education, public health, and asylum status. Also has information on NGOs,

          other governmental organizations, and background on the work of the UNHCR. Not all of the

          information has to do explicitly with environmental refugees so a little digging may be necessary.


UN Children's Fund homepage

      · Originally established as the “UN International Children's Emergency Fund”

     Environment & climate change

     Data page

     Climate change and environment


UN University homepage

     Institute for Water, Environment and Health (IWEH)

     UNU Migration Network

         Migration and environment

     World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER)


UN World Intellectual Property Organization

     Climate change and intellectual property

     Green Technology Book: Solutions for climate change mitigation

     Green Technology Book 2022: Solutions for climate change adaptation


World Meteorological Organization

United Nations

Key UN agencies are listed at the top, but most of this page lists them alphabetically

     according to most commonly used acronym (this can be a judgement call, but it's

     usually pretty obvious—for example, UNFAO is sometimes used, but FAO is much

     more common).

United Nations system chart available here.