Government leaders to deliver national action & ambition announcements at UN Climate Summit

8 August 2014

NEW YORK: Global political leaders will make concurrent climate announcements over the course of three hours during the UN Climate Summit, a just released official document details.

According to the UN’s program schedule, as soon as the opening ceremony concludes, government representatives will convene in three separate room to talk climate action and opportunity. This session will enable the heads of state to highlight domestic environmental reforms, as well as showcase their plans for future emission reducing policies.

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has previously emphasized the need for total commitment from states worldwide. “I expect countries to adopt different combinations according to their needs, resources and priorities. But all countries need to embark on the same journey,” the UN chief remarked when commenting on a new UN backed study, the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project report.

“People need to understand why decarbonization is necessary. They need to know it is possible. And they need to see that cutting emissions can benefit economics and people’s well-being,” Mr. Ban continued.

The morning of “Action and Ambition Announcements” at the Climate Summit will be swiftly followed by a “Private Sector Forum Lunch” which will facilitate knowledge exchange and networking between public sector representatives and their corporate counterparts. The in-depth discussions will continue into the afternoon session with a special meeting on finance planned for 15.30-17:00.

The remainder of the afternoon agenda is then organized on a topic-by-topic basis, with forests, agriculture, energy, transport, cities, resilience and Short-lived Climate-forcing Pollutants (SLCPs) each allocated a 40 minutes time slot.

Simultaneously, from 15:30 – 18:30, thematic discussions on broad issues will be conducted. In the first room, Climate, Health and Jobs will be the focus, before the Economic Case for Climate Action is outlined. In room two, Voices from the Climate Frontlines will take center stage, preceding a Climate Science discussion which will be the final agenda item prior to the closing ceremony at 19:00.

To view the agenda in full please see here.

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By Alana Ryan

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