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After the Summit, planners look toward Lima, then Paris

A day after scores of world leaders attending the United Nations Climate Summit announced actions intended to the avert the worst effects of climate change, the planners announced further ambitious goals.

“The tone shifted yesterday, but the question is where do we go from here?” said […]

25 September 2014|

Historic Climate Summit Opens New Chapter in Global Efforts to Tackle Climate Change

New York, 23 September – New commitments, new ideas, and new financing for significant actions to address the challenge of climate change dominated the announcements made by more than 100 Heads of State and Government and leaders from the private sector and civil society at […]

25 September 2014|

Investors commit to decarbonize $100 billion in investments

A group of institutional investors — including two of Europe’s largest asset managers and pension funds – announced Tuesday they have joined forces with the United Nations Environment Programme and its Finance Initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of US$100 billion of institutional investments worldwide.

The […]

23 September 2014|

Peru, Germany, Norway launch climate and forest partnership

Germany and Norway agreed Tuesday to support Peru’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the Peruvian Amazon.

The partnership was launched during the Climate Summit in New York at a press conference held jointly by the President of Peru, Ollanta […]

23 September 2014|

Equator Awards honor community organizations from across the world

Members of the developing world – many of them indigenous people — mingled Monday night with environmentalists at Lincoln Center in New York where the Equator Awards honoured examples of sustainable development solutions for people, nature and communities.

“Tonight, we’re celebrating heroes – all representing grass […]

22 September 2014|

At Climate Summit, UN is practicing what it preaches

The questions for the heads of state and government and their entourages who plan to attend next week’s Climate Summit in New York were a bit more personal than they’re used to getting from conference organizers.

What airport are they leaving from? Which one are they […]

22 September 2014|

‘Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Climate change has got to go!’

Numbering in the hundreds of thousands, they stepped, strutted, soldiered and sauntered through the streets of New York, their footfalls kicking up a thundering message of concern for their children, their grandchildren and their own futures unless world leaders act.

“We’re sending a clear message that […]

22 September 2014|

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 […]

17 September 2014|

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.

15 September 2014|

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.

15 September 2014|