No ”Plan B” for climate action as there is no ”Planet B, says UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told what is thought to be the largest ever march in the United States demanding measures to halt the advance of global climate change, that there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B.”

Speaking to journalists after […]

21 September 2014|

The Climate Summit message — writ large

Even before the Climate Summit gets under way next Tuesday inside the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Summit’s message will be hard to miss.

That’s because, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and continuing until 11 p.m., the north facade of the Secretariat building and […]

19 September 2014|

Business decisions will prove key to Climate Summit success

Business leaders will play a crucial role in the success of Tuesday’s Climate Summit, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“The effects of climate change are already widespread and costly,” he says in a 5-minute video released this week by the UN Global Compact that […]

19 September 2014|

Investors calling for leadership, ambitious policies on climate change

Hundreds of heavyweight investors representing some $24 trillion in assets, called Thursday for stronger political leadership and more ambitious policies to finance a global transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.

The statement, issued days before United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host the Climate Summit […]

19 September 2014|

‘Time is not on our side’ says World Meteorological Organization chief  

It’s not too late to prevent dangerous climate change and preserve the planet for future generations, but it may soon be, according to the World Meteorological Organization.The organization is supporting the Climate Summit convened by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on 23 September […]

19 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|

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 […]

16 September 2014|

Activists, celebrities, show support for Climate Summit in new video

Activists, celebrities and policymakers from around the world show their support for the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit on 23 September in New York in a new video produced by the UN.

“This is the defining issue of our time,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in […]

16 September 2014|

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

16 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|