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An urge to world leaders to make sure decisions get back to communities to help shape policies on the ground

Leading up to Biodiversity Summit in New York, Ernest Gibson, Member of the SG Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change and Co-coordinator for 350 Fiji, a regional youth-led climate change network, speaks about engaging communities effectively and ethically including youth and other social demographics from the beginning to the end phase.”- An interview by UNIC Canberra for UN Radio. More

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UN Secretary-General to convene high-level roundtable on climate action during General Assembly week to showcase solutions and progress

24 September, 2020

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT 

Webcast: webtv.un.org

As climate impacts worsen around the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is convening a roundtable of global climate leaders from government, business and finance, and civil society to showcase high-impact actions and ambition to confront the climate crisis.

The virtual roundtable will demonstrate leading examples of the Secretary-General’s six climate-positive actions to recover better together: invest in jobs and green business, no bailouts to polluting industries, ending subsidies for fossil fuels, considering climate risks in all decisions and policy-making, working together and ensuring that no one is left behind.

The event will showcase the vast social and economic benefits of a sustainable recovery and of action to limit global warming to 1.5°C by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and to ensure that people and planet are protected from climate change impacts.

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New General Assembly underscores ‘necessity of multilateralism’

The 75th session of the UN General Assembly opened on Monday with a moment of silence against the unprecedented backdrop of the COVID pandemic, as the new president told delegates that the coronavirus had driven home the value of multilateralism “to address our collective challenges”. More

Media Advisory — UN General Assembly High-level events

WHAT:
On its 75th anniversary, and amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations will for the first time convene world leaders in a virtual format to seek action and solutions for a world in crisis. Several major events, in addition to the General Debate, are expected to highlight action and solutions that will ignite the transformations needed to secure healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all.

WHY:
The pillars of our world, already unsteady, have been shaken to the core by the coronavirus. Everything the United Nations stands for and works for – peace, progress and human rights – is in jeopardy. As we strive to respond and recover, international cooperation has never been more important.

WHO:
Heads of State and Government, ministers, international organizations, representatives of the private sector and civil society.

WHEN:
17 September – 5 October 2020

WHERE:
All events will take place mostly virtually, broadcast live and on-demand on UN Web TV. A limited number of New York-based representatives of Member States may be physically present at United Nations Headquarters.

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Leveraging innovation, partnership to shore up food security in Asia and the Pacific

Transforming food systems in Asia and the Pacific to make them more sustainable, resilient and productive, is vital for countries to rebound from the impact of COVID-19 and address chronic undernourishment, a UN regional forum on food security has heard. More

Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic. Addressing ministers at a virtual meeting on sustainable recovery from COVID-19 on Thursday, the UN chief said that the world is confronting two urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change. More