United Nations Foundation (UNF)

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The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We link the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations through advocacy, partnerships, constituency building and fund-raising to solve global challenges. Our work in support of the UN includes: innovative health campaigns, conservation & livelihoods, mobile technology, women’s health & rights, UN advocacy, and reducing carbon emissions.

Programs and Resources

UN Foundation’s Climate & Energy Programs The Climate and Energy Team creates initiatives to support the UN efforts to address global problems and help move the world toward a safer, cleaner, more equitable and climate-friendly energy future:

  • Tackling the Global Climate Challenge

The Copenhagen climate change negotiations provide a new basis for countries to collectively tackle climate change. We are working with the UN Secretary-General and his Climate Team, government, business, and non-profit leaders to carry forward the progress made in Copenhagen. Learn more.

  • Improving Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is the cheapest, fastest and smartest strategy available for saving money and resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world. The UN Foundation is building support among UN, government and business leaders for a strategy to double the annual rate of global energy efficiency improvement. Learn more.

  • Achieving Universal Energy Access

Access to clean and affordable modern energy is critical to fostering lasting social and economic development and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. We are working with UN-Energy on a campaign to achieve universal energy access by 2030. Learn more.

  • The Energy Future Coalition

The Energy Future Coalition is a broad-based, non-partisan alliance that seeks to bridge the differences among business, labor, and environmental groups and identify energy policy options with broad political support. Learn more.

  • Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private initiative to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. Learn more.

  • Global Leadership for Climate Action

The Global Leadership for Climate Action (GLCA) is a task force of world leaders committed to addressing climate change through international negotiations. A joint initiative of the UN Foundation and the Club of Madrid, the GLCA consists of former heads of state and government as well as leaders from business, government and civil society from more than 20 countries. Learn more.

  • 25x’25 America’s Energy Future

25x'25 is a renewable energy initiative backed by organizations and individuals united by a common interest in making America’s energy future more secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable. Through the 25x'25 Alliance, partners are working together to advance renewable energy solutions from our nation’s farms, ranches and other working lands. Learn more.

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