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.

Access the statements by Member States here.

Watch videos of the Summit here.

Access the UN and Climate Change site.

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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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 walking with an estimated […]

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 part of the General Assembly […]

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 focuses on the key […]

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 in New York, […]

‘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 with initiatives that underscore the […]

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 growth […]

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,” said […]

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 the video, while calling on […]

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 Summit […]

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 a […]

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 that […]

Absent a change in course, scenarios for 2050 predict drought, heat waves

And now, the weather, for 2050.

Extreme weather events will become more frequent and more extreme – and will include mega-droughts, deadly heat waves and a year’s rainfall in a month in some places.

The long-range forecast: coastal cities under water, ocean life destroyed, pests in numbers sufficient to invade, Arctic cruises […]

Ban: ‘Island issues affect us all’

The Small Island Developing States known as SIDS are on the front lines of climate change and are taking the lead in finding solutions that the whole world needs, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday.

“The slogan for this conference is island voices, global voices,” he told attendees at the Third […]

In Samoa, Ban urges corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy

Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides toward sustainability.

“Oceans isolate small islands – but when they are managed well they become a constant source of wealth,” Ban told the […]

Climate Summit to hear from Marshall Islands poet

A 26-year-old woman who is not only a co-founder of an environmental NGO and a teacher, but also a journalist, poet and spoken-word artist, was selected Friday to address the opening ceremony of the Climate Change Summit, to be held 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York.

During her talk, […]

Health experts call on medical sector to divest from fossil fuels

Health experts called on the medical sector to pull their investments out of fossil-fuel companies and invest instead in renewable energy as a step toward protecting humans from the ill effects of climate change.

The call came Friday at the conclusion of the World Health Organization’s first-ever Health and Climate Change […]

NGOs urge ‘strongest possible’ action on climate change

Thousands of representatives of non-governmental organizations urged Friday that governments worldwide take “the strongest possible” action to address climate change.

That conclusion was reached after three days of meetings at UN Headquarters in New York, where the participants noted that efforts to reach a meaningful universal agreement on climate change in […]