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.

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UN Climate Summit 2014 - Catalyzing Action

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More than 1,000 Ministers, Experts, CEOs and NGOs to Explore New Pathways for Climate Action

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 4 May 2014—More than 1,000 participants, including 100 government ministers, have gathered in Abu Dhabi to chart new routes for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate resilience.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is co-hosting the two-day Abu Dhabi Ascent with the United Arab Emirates to […]

Leaders to gather in Abu Dhabi this weekend to discuss how to take concrete actions on climate change

2 May, 2014 —Ministers, experts and officials from government, along with business and civil society leaders will gather in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 4-5 May to lay the foundation for a platform that will launch concerted action on climate change at this September’s Climate Summit.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban […]

‘High speed mitigation train needs to leave the station,’ concludes long-awaited UN climate report

April 13, 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the findings of a long-awaited United Nations report on the mitigation of climate change released earlier today in Berlin and urged all countries “to act swiftly and boldly” to reach a “global, ambitious and legal agreement in 2015.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on […]

In Brussels, Ban says ‘much heavy lifting’ required by all to curb impacts of climate change

April 03, 2014 -From the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the wealthiest, the ominous signs of climate change are profoundly visible, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, calling for transformative collective action to tackle the phenomenon now – […]

Secretary-General renews call for action on climate change following IPCC findings

31 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call on countries to step up their efforts to combat climate change, following the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report released today in Yokohama, Japan.

The report confirms that the effects of human-caused climate change […]

In Greenland, Ban spotlights urgency to take action on climate change

27 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travelled to the Ilulissat Icefjord today as he wrapped up his visit to Greenland, which was aimed at building momentum ahead of the summit he will convene in September on climate change.

Designated a World Heritage site by the UN Educational, […]

Climate Summit to Open Opportunities for World Leaders to Show New Actions

10 February — World leaders should come to the Climate Summit this September prepared to announce “bold and forward-looking actions that show new determination and ambition to address climate change,” UN officials said in a briefing to Member Summit preparations.

“This will be a solutions-focused Summit,” Assistant Secretary-General Robert Orr told […]

Secretary-General appoints Michael Bloomberg of United States Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

31 January 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Michael Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

Mr. Bloomberg will assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with mayors and related key stakeholders, in order to raise political will and […]

Secretary-General appoints special envoys on climate change to engage global leaders ahead of 2014 Climate summit

23 December 2013 – The Secretary-General has asked the Special Envoys to assist in engaging Heads of State and Government around the world in order to mobilize political will and action, and raise ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit that he is hosting in New York on 23 […]

UN Secretary-General Announces 23 September for 2014 Climate Summit

Warsaw, Poland, 5 November 2014 – 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.

Pacific Island Leaders Pledge Support for 2014 Climate Summit to be Hosted by UN Secretary-General

27 September 2013 – Pacific Islands Forum Chair and President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak, presented the Secretary-General with the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership, adopted earlier in the month by leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Majuro, Marshall Islands. The Declaration calls on all […]

Ban Ki-moon Invites World Leaders to a Climate Summit in 2014

24 September – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited world leaders to a Climate Summit one year from now in his opening speech to the General Assembly today, and challenged them to bring  bold pledges that will help set the world on a low-carbon path.

“Let us seize the 2015 challenge: […]