A race we can win. A race we must win

UN 2019 Climate Summit

As the Secretary-General has said, climate change continues to move faster than our efforts to address it. Amid record-breaking temperatures in parts of the world, and with the past two decades the warmest on record, the Secretary-General delivered a major address at UN Headquarters on 10 September. Speaking to an audience of young people, business leaders, journalists and diplomats on the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco and the annual gathering of world leaders for the opening of the new General Assembly session in New York, he outlined the danger, highlighted solutions, and emphasized the need for greater ambition and stronger leadership in addressing what he has called “the defining threat of our time”.

I commit myself, and the entire United Nations, to this effort. We will support all leaders who rise to the challenge I have outlined today.

Read the full speech of the Secretary-General

The Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals are the foundations for global efforts to address climate change.

The purpose of the 2019 Climate Summit is to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in six areas:

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The road to the 2019 Climate Summit

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We are significantly under-estimating the benefits of cleaner, climate-smart growth. Bold climate action could deliver at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits through to 2030. There are real benefits to be seen in terms of new jobs, economic savings, market opportunities, and improved well-being for people worldwide.

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More than 100 heads of state and government will be attending the UN General Assembly. Climate change will be a major focus attention. Climate Week will take place during the week of 24-30 September, feature close to 150 events on climate change.

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Faced with ecological, economic and social consequences of climate change, the One Planet Coalition mobilizes public and private actors. Through 12 commitments, this international coalition calls for concrete actions.

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COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC).

Latest News on Climate Change

A half of degree of warming makes a world of difference.

"Earlier today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its long-awaited special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius. This report by the world’s leading climate scientists is an ear-splitting wake-up call to the world."

Statement by the Secretary-General on the IPCC Special Report Global Warming of 1.5 ºC

Climate Action Advocates

People who are working with the United Nations system to advocate for climate action and a more sustainable world.

Leonardo Dicaprio
Leonardo Dicaprio
UN Messenger of Peace
Peter Thomson
Peter Thomson
UN Secretary‑General’s Special Envoy on Oceans
Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen
Adrian Grenier
Adrian Grenier
Bertrand-Piccard
Bertrand Piccard
Bob Weir
Bob Weir
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
Cody Simpson
Cody Simpson
UNDP Advocate
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
Ellie-goulding
Ellie Goulding
Ian-Somerhelders
Ian Somerhelders
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson
LewisPugh
Lewis Pugh
Li-BingBing
Li Bing Bing
Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh
UN Goodwill Ambassador
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg
UN Secretary‑General’s Special Envoy on Climate Action
Ragheb Alama
Ragheb Alama
UN Goodwill Ambassador
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
UN Goodwill Ambassador
Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure
UN Goodwill Ambassador
Inia Seruiratu
Inia Seruiratu
Fijian Minister
Tomasz Chruszczow
Tomasz Chruszczow
Poland incoming COP‑24 Presidency