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(Part 1) Climate Action Summit 2019
23 Sep 2019 -  The UN Secretary-General is hosting the Climate Action Summit to boost ambition and accelerate action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Leaders from government, the private sector and civil society will present concrete actions, plans and initiatives to tackle climate change.
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.
Secretary-General’s opening remarks
Youth Dialogue with the Secretary-General
National Announcements (3 speakers)
Theme 1: Plans for A Carbon Neutral World (5 speakers):
Announcements from governments, civil society and the private sector on:
- Their plans to get to carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner
National Announcements (3 speakers)
Theme 2: Powering the Future from Coal to Clean (5 speakers)
Announcements from governments, civil society and the private sector on:
- The health case for phasing out coal
- The economic and business case for shifting to renewable energy
National Announcements (3 speakers)
Theme 3: Unlocking the Full Potential of Nature in Climate Action (5 speakers)
Announcements from governments, civil society and the private sector on:
- The scaling up of Nature-Based Solutions in their Nationally Determined Contributions and Long-Term strategies to increase ambition;
- Concrete actions to protect nature to better fight climate change including through fully sustainable value chains
National Announcements (3 speakers)
Theme 4: Towards a Resilient Future (5 speakers)
Announcements from governments, civil society and the private sector on:
- How climate risk can be mainstreamed in decision making
National Announcements (3 speakers)
Theme 5: Small Island Developing States (5 speakers)
Announcements from governments, civil society and the private sector on:
- The SIDS’ vision for developing along a resilient and carbon neutral pathway
- With the support of the international community