Business leaders to announce new plans to tackle climate change at UN event

Political figureheads will join leaders from business and civil society to announce new commitments and practical actions to address climate change at a climate summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon next month.

The one-day summit, which takes place in New York on 23 September, will mark the first time in five years that world leaders will get together to chart a new course of action on climate change.

There will be eight action area announcements.This includes announcements on agriculture, energy, forests, cities, financing, pollutants, resilience and transportation.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “I have invited leaders from governments, cities, business, finance and civil society to showcase what they are doing to promote the transformative change we know we need.

“The world needs to see what countries are already doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

According to the UN, its summit will provide a unique opportunity for business leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will contribute to a “meaningful global agreement in 2015”.

Ki-moon added: “Solutions exist and we are already seeing significant changes in Government policies and investments in sustainable ways of living and doing business.

“The race is on, and now is the time for leaders to step up and steer the world towards a safer future.”

Liz Gyekye

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