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26 March 2014

Information on the UN Secretary-General’s September 2014 Climate Summit

As part of a global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is inviting Heads of State and Government along with business, finance, civil society, and local leaders to a Climate Summit on 23 September 2014 at UN Headquarters. Through this Summit, the Secretary-General aims to catalyze new, substantial, scalable, and replicable commitments by all stakeholders to help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy.

The Climate Summit is not part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiating process, but is complementary to it. The Secretary-General intends for the Summit to mobilize political will toward an ambitious legal agreement by 2015, and enable sustained progress on reducing emissions and strengthening resilience and adaptation strategies.

The Secretary-General appointed two Special Envoys on Climate Change to help increase ambition, political will and action in advance of the Summit. The Special Envoys are John Kufuor, former President of Ghana, and Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime Minister of Norway. In addition he appointed Mr. Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City, as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

The programme of the Climate Summit will consist of:
> The Plenary: will enable Heads of State and Government to bring forward-looking and bold national announcements on climate ambition and action at the domestic level;
> Action Platforms: will provide high-profile venues for announcements by leaders from government, finance, business, and civil society, including multi-lateral initiatives, to deliver concrete announcements on action.
> Thematic Sessions: will enable the sharing of innovative practice and policy on climate by all stakeholders.
> An Outreach and Engagement Platform: will utilize communications and networking tools to bring the world to the Summit and ensure it, in turn, reaches beyond the UN walls.

The Summit’s criteria for a deliverable to be included as an Action Platform announcement are:
> it contributes to new, substantive, scalable and/or replicable actions that reduce emissions or strengthen resilience;
> it incentivizes action towards a low-carbon economy, addresses economic risks or advances economic opportunities;
> it takes a multi-stakeholder approach, engaging governments, finance, business and civil society; and
> it builds on existing efforts, initiatives or programmes.
Attention will also be given to geographic representation, and ensuring balance between mitigation and adaptation, drawn from the potential announcements available.

For the Thematic Sessions, after informal consultation with governments, the UN system and civil society organizations, the following focus areas are currently being considered:
> Economic case for action
> Co-benefits for action
> Science and innovation
> Sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods

The Summit’s ultimate objective is to help countries and the international community successfully tackle climate change and, where possible, turn this challenge into opportunities.

For more information please visit: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit2014/

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