Summit delivers major step up in national ambition and private sector action on pathway to key 2020 climate deadline
As recognition mounts that time is running out, youth leaders warn: ‘we will be watching’
New York, 23 September—Major announcements by government and private sector leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit boosted climate action momentum, and demonstrated growing recognition that the pace of climate action must be rapidly accelerated.
77 countries committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, while 70 countries announced they will either boost their national action plans by 2020 or have started the process of doing so.Over 100 business leaders delivered concrete actions to align with the Paris Agreement targets, and speed up the transition from the grey to green economy, including asset-owners holding over $2 trillion in assets and leading companies with combined value also over $2 trillion.
Many countries and over 100 cities – including many of the world’s largest – announced significant and concrete new steps to combat the climate crisis.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon hosted the Climate Summit on the 23rd of September 2014 as an integral part of his strategy to engage leaders and advance climate action and ambition, drawing on his global convening power and harnessing the full strength of the UN system, working in partnership with all sectors of society. Continue reading →
The United Nations and METRO International have established a global partnership on the issue of climate change. On the occasion of the UN Climate Summit, to be held on 23 September at the UN Headquarters in New York City, METRO International will launch the 10th edition of METRO Photo Challenge, the world’s largest photography competition. Continue reading →
Just one week before a major climate summit opens at the United Nations, a new report released on the 16th of September by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and economic growth at the same time. Continue reading →
UNIC Canberra held media briefings in Australia and New Zealand to inform journalists and other interested parties about two upcoming UN conferences. The Third International UN Conference on Small Island Developing States SIDS) is being held in Samoa from the 28 August – 4 September and the UN Climate Summit in New York on the 23 September.