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Highlights from the United Nations on Climate Change and the Climate Action Summit.

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All members of the media covering the High-Level week must apply for accreditation by 2 September 2019 which provides access to the High-Level events at UNHQ.

Print journalists wishing to attend sessions of the Climate Action Summit and/or the Youth Climate Summit in the General Assembly Hall will require a separate ticket, in addition to the accreditation. More information about requesting these additional tickets will be shared with accredited media in September.

Photographers and videographers do not require separate tickets and will be escorted to designated media booths, where available.

Press Release

Latin America & Caribbean Leaders to Gather in Salvador to Boost Climate Action

14 August 2019

Over 3,000 participants are expected at the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week that will take place in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, from 19 to 23 August 2019, including government ministers and senior representatives of multilateral agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Press Release

New UN Report Shines Light on Trends in Climate Action

9 August 2019

Less than two months ahead of a key September 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, a report published by UN Climate Change provides insights into action taken by governments to address climate change, presenting a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be deployed by governments to ramp up crucial climate ambition.

Press Release

Land is a Critical Resource, IPCC report says

8 August 2019

Land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2ºC can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its latest report on Thursday.

Press Release

July equalled, and maybe surpassed, the hottest month in recorded history

31 July 2019

According to the new data from the World Meteorological Organization and Copernicus Climate Change Programme, July at least equalled, if not surpassed, the hottest month in recorded history. This follows the warmest ever June on record.

Press Release

28 companies with combined market cap of $1.3 trillion step up to new level of climate ambition

23 July 2019

Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit, 28 companies have stepped up to set a new level of climate ambition and committed to set 1.5°C climate targets aligned with a net-zero future, challenging Governments to match their goal.

Press Release

United Nations announces 2019 Climate Action Summit ‘Clean Air Initiative’, calls for governments at all levels to join

23 July 2019

Ahead of the upcoming 2019 Climate Action Summit, the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition announced today the “Clean Air Initiative” and calling on governments at all levels to commit to achieving air quality that is safe for citizens, and to align climate change and air pollution policies by 2030.

Press Release

UN Secretary-General visit to St. Lucia highlights climate change impacts

5 July 2019

The Secretary-General saw the devasting impacts caused by a seaweed that is hurting communities across the Caribbean. Sargassum creates a strong stench, kills marine vegetation and creatures, and disrupts coastal activities such as fishing and tourism.

Press Release

Brazil city of Salvador to host Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week

4 July 2019

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 will take place from from 19 to 23 August. Hosted by the Federal Government of Brazil, the event will serve as a major input for the Climate Action Summit in New York this September.

Press Release

UN Opens Applications for Youth Climate Summit in New York, Announces “Green Tickets” to Recognize Young People Driving Climate Action

1 July 2019

Starting today, young people from around the world are formally invited to apply to participate in the United Nations Youth Climate Summit to take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 21 September. The UN will offer over 100 “Green Tickets” – funded opportunities for young people, in particular from the least developed countries, to participate in this historic event.

Media Advisory

UN Secretary-General to Open Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting to Spur Action

28 June 2019

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will greet ministers and leaders from business and civil society, including youth delegates, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 30 June as they gather to assess progress across all action areas of the Climate Action Summit, to be held at United Nations Headquarters on 23 September.

Press Release

Bonn Climate Conference Ends with UN Call to Fully Deliver on Paris Agreement Mandates

28 June 2019

The 2019 UN Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB50) wrapped up on 27 June after having considered a large number of decisions for adoption at the UN Climate Change Conference in Santiago, Chile at the end of the year (COP25, 2-13 December).

News YOUTH

FOCUS ON YOUTH
It's time we took a seat 'at your table': Guterres calls on world youth to keep leading climate emergency response

23 June 2019

Older generations have "failed to respond properly" to the climate emergency said the UN chief on Sunday, while the young are "stepping up to the challenge" and taking the lead to slow the destructive pace of global warming.

Press Release

Business leaders urged to set more ambitious climate targets in effort to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C

13 June 2019

A broad coalition of business, civil society and UN leaders today issued a call to action for private companies to make their critical and necessary contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit the worst impacts of climate change.

Social Media YOUTH

FOCUS ON YOUTH
UN Secretary-General António Guterres meets with Greta Thunberg, youth climate activist, at R20 Austria World Summit

4 June 2019

At the R20 Austrian World Summit, UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the urgent need for young climate activists like Greta Thunberg to push political leaders to take urgent climate action to save our planet.

Briefing         

Briefing on Private Sector Participation in the UN Climate Summit

17 May 2019

On 17 May, the UN Global Compact Academy hosted a special briefing on how business leaders can get involved in the lead up to the UN Climate Summit 2019 — and beyond — in order to support ambitious political outcomes towards a just, resilient and zero-carbon future.

Video YOUTH

FOCUS ON YOUTH
UN Chief with Youth in New Zealand
'Engaging Youth in the Pacific on Climate Action'

13 May 2019


Continuing a trip to the Pacific, UN Secretary-General issued a strong call on climate action. In New Zealand, he engaged with students and urged a series of steps to achieve a more sustainable future, including ending subsidies on fossil fuels; and ceasing construction on new coal plants by next year.

News YOUTH

FOCUS ON YOUTH
Māoris & Pasifika Youth — Climate Action:
4 shifts the UN chief encourages Governments to make

12 May 2019

Speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific islands in New Zealand, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said "nature does not negotiate" and emphasized four key measures that Governments should prioritize in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Video YOUTH

FOCUS ON YOUTH
UN Secretary-General Speaks with youth at Fiji's University of the South Pacific

17 May 2019


UN Secretary-General visits The University of the South Pacific, speaking with youth about combating climate change.

Press Release

Details for Latin America & Caribbean and Asia-Pacific Climate Weeks Announced

23 April 2019

Dates and locations for two major events on the 2019 international climate change calendar have been confirmed today: Latin America & Caribbean Climate Week will take place from 19 to 23 August in Salvador, Brazil; while Asia-Pacific Climate Week will be held from 2 to 6 September in Bangkok, Thailand.

Information Note

Information Note on the 2019 Climate Action Summit of the Secretary-General

20 March 2019

On 23 September 2019, the Secretary-General of the United Nations will host the Climate Action Summit in New York with the objective of boosting ambition and rapidly accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement. The Secretary-General aims to demonstrate a leap in collective national political ambition and massive low-emission movements in the real economy.

Op-Ed YOUTH

FOCUS ON YOUTH
UN Secretary-General António Guterres encourages world leaders to listen to young people on climate change

15 March 2019

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 for concrete and ambitious solutions.