Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society. To boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will host the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September to meet the climate challenge. The Summit will showcase a leap in collective national political ambition and it will demonstrate massive movements in the real economy in support of the agenda. Together, these developments will send strong market and political signals and inject momentum in the “race to the top” among countries, companies, cities and civil society that is needed to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Climate Change Can Prove the Value of Collective Action
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in an interview for TIME Magazine, said "Climate change is not a problem for multilateralism, climate change is a problem for us all. But I think climate change offers an opportunity for multilateralism to prove its value.”
Students in more than 100 countries went on strike to demand urgent action on climate change. Photo credit: United Nations/Basma Baghal
Let’s listen to the world’s young people
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in an op-ed in The Guardian, said leaders need to listen to the concerns of youth on climate change and presented plans for the Climate Action Summit in September to deliver concrete and ambitious solutions.
Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society.
COP25 will be held in Chile from 2 to 14 December 2019, bringing together governments, civil society, private sector and environmental organizations to call for more ambitious actions to tackle climate change.
Seizing the opportunity of the climate action momentum, the Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 will boost the region’s response to the current climate emergency, with discussions on energy transition, industry transition, infrastructure, cities and local action, resilience and adaptation, and nature-based solutions.
The Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019, hosted by Brazil, will demonstrate increasing climate ambition across the region, from technical discussions to thematic dialogues. The results of the event will feed into the outcome of the Climate Action Summit organized by the UN Secretary-General on 23 September in New York.
The central purpose of the Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting is to take stock of progress so far across all the Action Areas of the Climate Action Summit, and identify and develop proposals, based on the criteria established for initiatives to be considered for announcement at the Summit.