Participation in the Summit events taking place at UN Headquarters will be by invitation only.
If you have received and invitation please click on the link below to register. Please note,  Member States do not need to register.


Representatives from Member States, businesses and civil society will be participating, but there will be many more people who will be following the Summit through the Internet, social media, and a myriad of events taking place throughout the week of 22-28 September during Climate Week. The Summit will also be webcast live on

Another way to participate is by finding out how you can take climate action everyday.

Businesses and private sector

Business leaders will be able to participate in the Climate Summit at the UN Private Sector Forum and through the climate Action Area initiatives. Participation by leaders from business and industry is by invitation only. Companies can contribute to the Climate Summit by actively engaging in an Action Area initiative, committing to action on climate change, by demonstrating leadership on Carbon Pricing, or by joining Caring for Climate.

Engage in one of the eight Action Areas

At the Summit, companies together with Governments and civil society will announce commitments to selected international and multi-stakeholder initiatives with a high potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate resilience.

Action and initiatives at the Climate Summit have been coalescing around eight Action Areas. The UN Sherpas who serve as a focal point for each Action Area are considering the potential contribution and participation of business, Governments and civil society to their respective Action Area.

Commit to Action on Climate Change

The UN Secretary-General is calling for commitments to action from the private sector in advance of the Climate Summit. Commitments to action can take many forms to leverage the unique strengths and characteristics of each actor. All commitments are promises to take action, alone or in partnership, including:

  • New projects or partnerships
  • Existing activities that are scaled up or accelerated
  • Adding partners to existing projects

All corporate commitments to action are expected to meet the following criteria:

  1. Advance one or more UN Goals and Issues
  2. Include time-bound target(s) that can be measured for success
  3. Include an agreement to publicly disclose, on an annual basis, the progress made to realise the commitment, throughout its duration.

Companies are also invited to report on progress from commitments made at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum. By making a commitment to action and reporting their tangible progress, companies can demonstrate leadership towards promoting and supporting the UN climate change agenda.

Demonstrate Leadership on Carbon Pricing

In the lead-up to the UN Secretary-General”s Climate Summit, the UN Global Compact and selected partners of Caring for Climate are calling on companies to demonstrate leadership in pricing the cost of carbon emissions as a crucial and effective measure to tackle climate change. A set of Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing have been developed to inspire companies to reach the next level of climate performance, and to recognize businesses that are at the forefront of advocating for a price on carbon. The Business Leadership Criteria complement a Statement on Putting a Price on Carbon developed by the World Bank Group and other partners to call for countries and companies to demonstrate strong global support and action toward pricing carbon.

The Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing comprise three distinct but overlapping dimensions: integrating carbon pricing into long-term strategies and investment decisions, responsible policy advocacy, and communication on progress. Companies are invited to review the Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing and indicate alignment with them. The criteria, and companies that are aligned with it, will be featured at the Climate Summit.

Join Caring for Climate: Be a Leading Business in Addressing Climate Change

Join the world’s largest global coalition on climate led by the UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNFCCC. Launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, Caring for Climate provides a framework for business leaders to advance practical climate solutions and help shape public policy. Chief executive officers who support the Caring for Climate Statement are prepared to set goals, develop and expand strategies and practices, and to publicly disclose emissions. Since 2007 Caring for Climate has grown to over 350 companies from 50 countries. This year, in honour of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit and his call to businesses around the world to demonstrate leadership on this issue, we encourage companies to join Caring for Climate and make a lasting commitment to climate action.

For more information about Caring for Climate please contact caring4climate[at]un[dot]org


UN Private Sector Forum

Convened by the UN Global Compact in close cooperation with the World Bank Group, and with the support of UN partners, the UN Private Sector Forum luncheon will be held during the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit to provide a unique platform for Governments and business to demonstrate their leadership on climate change. The UN Private Sector Forum will bring together Heads of State with chief executives and leaders from civil society and the UN to engage in discussion on innovative and scalable climate change solutions. Carbon pricing will be featured as a global policy advocacy priority.

A Business and Civil Society Special Session, convened by UN Global Compact, will take place prior to the High-Level Luncheon, from 11:30 to 13:00. This session will feature leadership actions that businesses can take in cooperation with Governments to address climate change.

For more information about the UN Private Sector Forum, please contact unpsf[at]unglobalcompact[dot]org.

Civil society organizations

Representatives of civil society will participate in the Summit as part of the specific climate action initiatives and in the Thematic Sessions. The Thematic Sessions will be on the Climate Science, Climate Health and Jobs, Economic Case for Action and Voices from the Climate Frontlines.

For more information on these sessions, please contact:
Dan Thomas at daniel[dot]thomas[at]un[org]
Dan Shepard at shepard[at]un[dot]org



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Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC, which runs from September 22-28, is the collaborative space for all related events in support of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit.

2014 is the sixth annual Climate Week NYC. It is a key international forum for governments, businesses and civil society to drive low carbon leadership through a busy week of high-profile events, business panels and public-facing activities happening in and around New York City. Since its launch in 2009, The Climate Group has acted as Secretariat for Climate Week NYC and this year will be partnering with CDP to deliver the Opening Day events.

To register your event as part of Climate Week visit:


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