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UN 2019 Climate Summit
As the Secretary-General has said, climate change continues to move faster than our efforts to address it. Amid record-breaking temperatures in parts of the world, and with the past two decades the warmest on record, the Secretary-General delivered a major address at UN Headquarters on 10 September. Speaking to an audience of young people, business leaders, journalists and diplomats on the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco and the annual gathering of world leaders for the opening of the new General Assembly session in New York, he outlined the danger, highlighted solutions, and emphasized the need for greater ambition and stronger leadership in addressing what he has called “the defining threat of our time”.
I commit myself, and the entire United Nations, to this effort. We will support all leaders who rise to the challenge I have outlined today.
The Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals are the foundations for global efforts to address climate change.
The purpose of the 2019 Climate Summit is to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in six areas:
The road to the 2019 Climate Summit
We are significantly under-estimating the benefits of cleaner, climate-smart growth. Bold climate action could deliver at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits through to 2030. There are real benefits to be seen in terms of new jobs, economic savings, market opportunities, and improved well-being for people worldwide.
Latest News on Climate Change
14 September 2018
Top UN officials welcomed the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit that concluded today in San Francisco, showcasing a surge of climate action and commitments from regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society; and calling on governments everywhere to step up their efforts to tackle climate change.
16 September 2018
New UN-backed commitments to take action against the damaging effects of climate change, could result in $26 trillion in economic benefits worldwide, and help create 65 million new “low-carbon jobs”
16 September 2018
With record-breaking heat once again enveloping the earth this year, António Guterres said it was also “a pivotal time for climate action”, marking the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Sunday.
11 September 2018
In another manifestation of extreme weather conditions, hurricanes as strong as the Category 4 storm Florence are rarely seen so far north, the United Nation’s weather agency (WMO) confirmed on Tuesday.
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