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Take Action for the Climate

ELYX CLIMATE CHANGE 1The UN network of 63 Information Centres joined a global call for Climate Action with a series of communication initiatives ahead of the UN Summit which took place in New York on 23 September.

Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

At the 69th General Assembly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to a Climate Summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action.

World leaders made bold announcements and pledges to actions that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015.

Metro Photo Challenge | Mobile Film Festival | Elyx | #Selfie4Climate


Metro Photo Challenge

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On the occasion of the UN Climate Summit, held on 23 September at the UN Headquarters in New York City, METRO International launched the 10th edition of METRO Photo Challenge, the world’s largest photography competition. The theme chosen with the United Nations Climate Change team is: “My Green City.”

Mayor-Bloomberg-MPC ClimateActionThe competition is now closed but certainly not over. It is time for the public to cast their vote and pick a favourite. Vote now for your favourite photo.

The Grand Prize is a unique photo expedition to the ultimate beehive of cities - New York! Including a meet-and-greet with Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

More details of the 2014 Metro Photo Challenge’s other themes and categories are available on the website:

  • Deadline to enter is 18 November.


Metro Photo Challenge was introduced ten years ago in Sweden and ran globally for the first time in 2007. The contest has become a truly credible and important event for professional and amateur photographers alike. In 2013, 40,000 photographers submitted more than 120,000 images, making Metro Photo Challenge the world’s largest photography competition.



Mobile Film Festival

MFFThe Mobile Film Festival is working with UNRIC on a cell phone video project on climate change. The concept is to create a one-minute cell phone video on the topic: "Action! For Climate Change." It will be open to anyone with a mobile phone with video camera capability. The contest will take place in 2015.

More information soon...




Elyx is a virtual character who looks at the world with interest and good humour. Drawn in a very simple style, Elyx can express a great number of different expressions.

In partnership with the artist, UNRIC uses Elyx to highlight a series of international observances.

Elyx was widely used in the run-up to the UN's 2014 Climate Summit.

Find out more...




On World Environment Day UNRIC launched a selfie petition asking you to lend your voice to the call for climate action.

Snap a selfie to show support for immediate action to combat climate change.


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has already lent his voice, his selfie, to the campaign and is now asking you to do the same. Snap a shot in your language and add it to the gallery.

You can either:

(a) take a selfie of yourself with the logo,
(b) snap a shot while performing a climate action, or,
(c) write down 'I'm for Climate Action'.

Make sure to add the #climate2014 and #selfie4climate hashtags as we'll be collecting your selfies and posting them on our dedicated facebook gallery.

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Downloadable language text-bubble available here. Snap a shot in your language and we'll add it to our gallery.


Updated 4 November 2014

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I'm for climate action

Activists, celebrities and policy makers from around the world show their support for climate action in this UN Climate Summit video. #climate2014

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