New York Climate Summit: Multimedia Roundup
More than 120 international figureheads descended upon the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday (23 September) to raise political momentum for a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris 2015 and galvanise transformative action to curb runaway greenhouse gas emissions.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama and David Cameron were among the global icons who gave speeches at the UN Summit. Here is your edie multimedia rundown of what they said.
The newly appoined UN Messenger of Peace told the assembly that humankind has looked at climate change as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet.
In a rousing speech, President Obama said "We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it
David Cameron then told the assembly he believed he had led the greenest UK government ever.
David Cameron, Prime Minister of UK: We are on track to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050 #Climate2014— Climate Summit Live (@Climate2014Live) September 23, 2014
UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-Moon closed the days proceedings saying "We have delivered". He added "let us look back on today as the day we decided – as a human family – to put our house in order to make it liveable for future generations.
New York City paid a special 'green' tribute to the success of the summit.
— Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) September 22, 2014