UN Climate Summit 2014

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.

There is a sense that change is in the air. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.  He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015.

Everyone can step up and take climate action. Visit the UN Climate Summit site to find out how. #climate2014

UN Climate Summit 2014 - Catalyzing Action

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Report: Reducing climate change need not curtail economic growth

Efforts to reduce climate change need not come at the expense of economic growth, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which was established last year by a group of seven countries.

“The evidence presented in this report suggests that the low-carbon […]

Secretary-General designates Leonardo DiCaprio as UN Messenger of Peace

New York – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated Academy Award-nominated actor and committed environmental activist, Leonardo DiCaprio, as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.

“Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message,” […]

Press briefing on preparations for Climate Summit 2014

When: Tuesday , 16 September 14:30 Where: UN Headquarters, Room S-237 Who: Mr. Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning Mr. Selwin Hart, Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team

Energized by Climate Summit, Climate Week NYC 2014 redoubles its efforts

Each September since 2009, Climate Group members – who include about 60 staff around the world – have organized a slew of events tied together as Climate Week NYC. But this year’s agenda – from September 22-28 -- is different, in that it coincides with the UN Climate Change Summit, to be held on the 23rd.

120 Heads of State to attend Climate Summit in New York

15 September -- More than 120 heads of state and government have committed to attend the Climate Summit, making it the largest gathering seeking to tackle climate change in history.

UN seeks to open Climate Summit to the public — and gain their input — via social media

15 September – Social media efforts to raise awareness about the upcoming Climate Summit are heating up the Internet — well ahead of the 23 September event that will bring more than 100 world leaders to the UN headquarters in New York.

That is important to the organizers, because the […]

From Mobile Solar Computer Classrooms to Novel Baobab Products: Green Entrepreneurship is Thriving Across Africa and Beyond

2014 SEED Awards Honour Low Carbon and Women-Led Enterprises

Innovative social and environmental start-up enterprises are being recognized by the 2014 SEED Awards in Nairobi Kenya, the United Nations Environment Programme announced today.

From an enterprise that produces premium outdoor furniture out of recycled plastic and organic waste materials in Colombia, to […]

Big Data Climate Challenge winners show how big data can drive climate action

The winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge have been announced as part of the buildup to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York.

The winners include a monitoring system that provides real-time information on forests, and a tool for farmers in Colombia […]