A race we can win. A race we must win

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.

Read the full speech of the Secretary-General

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:

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The road to the 2019 Climate Summit

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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.

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The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.

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More than 100 heads of state and government will be attending the UN General Assembly. Climate change will be a major focus attention. Climate Week will take place during the week of 24-30 September, feature close to 150 events on climate change.

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COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC).

Latest News on Climate Change

14 September 2018

Global Climate Action Summit Brings Surge of New Commitments

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

More than 65 million ‘low-carbon jobs’ can be created by 2030

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

Now is a ‘pivotal time for climate action’ says UN chief, looking to ozone layer gains

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

Devastating storms like Hurricane Florence ‘unusual this far north’: UN weather agency

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.

Climate Action Advocates

People who are working with the United Nations system to advocate for climate action and a more sustainable world.

Leonardo Dicaprio
Leonardo Dicaprio
UN Messenger of Peace
Peter Thomson
Peter Thomson
UN Secretary‑General’s Special Envoy on Oceans
Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen
Adrian Grenier
Adrian Grenier
Bertrand-Piccard
Bertrand Piccard
Bob Weir
Bob Weir
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
Cody Simpson
Cody Simpson
UNDP Advocate
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
Ellie-goulding
Ellie Goulding
Ian-Somerhelders
Ian Somerhelders
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson
LewisPugh
Lewis Pugh
Li-BingBing
Li Bing Bing
Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh
UN Goodwill Ambassador
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg
UN Secretary‑General’s Special Envoy on Climate Action
Ragheb Alama
Ragheb Alama
UN Goodwill Ambassador
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
UN Goodwill Ambassador
Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure
UN Goodwill Ambassador
Inia Seruiratu
Inia Seruiratu
Fijian Minister
Tomasz Chruszczow
Tomasz Chruszczow
Poland incoming COP‑24 Presidency