Warsaw, Poland, 5 November 2013 – The 2014 Climate Summit will be held in New York next 23 September, United Nations Secretary-General announced to participants at the Warsaw Climate Conference.
The Secretary-General thanked delegates for supporting his initiative to convene a Climate Summit next year in New York.
“The Summit is meant to complement the UNFCCC process”, he told the opening of the ministerial segment of the Conference, “and to be a solutions summit, not a negotiating session. Today, I invite all Heads of State and Government, along with leaders from finance, business, local government and civil society, to this Climate Summit.”
“I ask all who come to bring bold new announcements and action. We need your political leadership at this crucially important time.”
A UN General Assembly decision to delay the opening of the General Debate of its 69th Session next year by a day allows the Secretary-General to host the Summit a day ahead of the General Assembly Debate.
The General Assembly action makes it possible for leaders from government, business, finance, qnd civil society, to participate in both the Climate Summit and the General Debate.
The General Debate traditionally begins on a Tuesday, and the General Assembly action ensures that no new precedent has been set.
At the opening of the 2013 General Debate, the Secretary-General challenged leaders to bring bold pledges to the Summit. “Innovate, scale-up, cooperate and deliver concrete action that will close the emissions gap and put us on track for an ambitious legal agreement through the UNFCCC process.”
The Secretary-General told world leaders, “There is opportunity amid this peril – a chance to change the way we do business, plan our cities, fuel our homes and factories, and move our goods and ourselves. A low-carbon path beckons – a path that can create jobs and improve public health while safeguarding the environment. To help set us on this course, I invite all of you to a Climate Change Summit one year from now here in New York.”
The Summit will take place one year before countries aim to conclude a global climate agreement in 2015 through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Summit is intended to be a solutions-focused Summit that is separate from, but complementary to, the negotiating process. Countries have recognized the value of the Summit, including by welcoming the Secretary-General’s efforts in a Decision of the Doha climate conference in 2012.