UN Climate Action Summit 2019 (New York, 21-23 September 2019)

The United Nations Secretary-General is convening the 2019 Climate Action Summit to raise the global level of ambition on meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and to galvanize action that can limit climate change to 2°C and even 1.5°C as now required by science.

The Summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations in order to develop ambitious solutions in the following areas: a global transition to renewable energy; sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities; sustainable agriculture and management of forests and oceans; resilience and adaptation to climate impacts; and alignment of public and private finance with a net zero economy.

In order to ensure that the transformative actions are as impactful as possible, the Secretary-General has prioritized nine action portfolios:

Finance: Mobilizing public and private sources of finance to drive decarbonization of all priority sectors and advance resilience. Energy Transition: Accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy, as well as making significant gains in energy efficiency. Industry Transition: Transforming industries such as Oil and Gas, Steel, Cement, Chemicals and Information Technology. Nature-Based Solutions: Reducing emissions, increasing sink capacity and enhancing resilience within and across forestry, agriculture, oceans and food systems, including through biodiversity conservation, leveraging supply chains and technology.

Cities and Local Action: Advancing mitigation and resilience at urban and local levels, with a focus on new commitments on low-emission buildings, mass transport and urban infrastructure; and resilience for the urban poor. Resilience and Adaptation: Advancing global efforts to address and manage the impacts and risks of climate change, particularly in those communities and nations that are most vulnerable. Mitigation Strategy: To generate momentum for ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and long-term strategies to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Youth Engagement and Public Mobilization: To encourage people worldwide to take action on climate change and ensure that young people are integrated and represented across all aspects of the Summit. Social and Political Drivers: To advance commitments in areas that affect people’s well-being, such as reducing air pollution, generating decent jobs, protecting workers and vulnerable groups and strengthening climate adaptation strategies.

More information: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/un-climate-summit-2019.shtml