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 is asking leaders, from government, business and civil society, to come to the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September with plans to address the global climate emergency. The Summit will spark the transformation that is urgently needed and propel action that will benefit everyone.
Renewable energy offers new job opportunities and is crucial to creating more sustainable and inclusive communities. Photo: Karsten Wurth
Youth Climate Summit, 21 September
The Youth Climate Summit — the first UN climate summit for young people — will provide a platform for young leaders to showcase their solutions and meaningfully engage with decision-makers. This historic event will take place as part of a weekend of events leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on 23 September. The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day programme bringing together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to addressing the global climate emergency. It will be action-oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with equal representation of young leaders from all walks of life.
The Climate Action Summit will showcase new initiatives by government, business and civil society to increase their commitments achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and work toward reducing emissions to essentially zero by mid-century. The event will also provide a platform for countries and businesses to demonstrate how they will reduce emissions by at least 45 per cent by 2030, and a target of achieving carbon neutrality by mid-century.
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.