The Climate Summit will be a different kind of Summit. It will provide a platform for catalyzing commitments to climate action by leaders of government, business, finance, industry, and civil society. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited all leaders to announce bold commitments at the Summit on September 23, 2014 in New York.
A recent gathering at Yale University of more than 180 people from 30 countries heard from top leaders and experts on the need for new global structures and approaches to drive action on climate change and the broader challenge of sustainability. The Rio+20 to 2015 Conference, co-hosted by NRDC and Yale, contributed to the growing conversation about moving beyond treaties and vague global agreements to recognize and support the groundswell of commitments to action by a diverse range of actors to take concrete actions on sustainability.
In her farewell speech as Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton highlighted the need for "a new architecture for this new world; more Frank Gehry than formal Greek." On this new architecture, Secretary Clinton highlights "where once a few strong columns could hold up the weight of the world, today we need a dynamic mix of materials and structures." Watch her remarks here.
NRDC launched a report, entitled “Fulfilling the Rio+20 Promises: Reviewing Progress since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development”, highlighting significant progress on many of the key commitments to action made at the June 2012 Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The report assesses progress on 11 of the most significant commitments made at Rio+20 and calls for intensifying the conversation around a new global architecture for the post-2015 development agenda.
Launched at the June 2012 Rio+20 Conference, the Cloud aggregates and highlights commitments to specific actions that contribute to a rapid transition to a low-carbon green economy. The Cloud seeks to showcase, support, and hold accountable the hundreds of sustainability initiatives undertaken at Rio+20 and in the lead up to 2015 by governments at all levels, business, and civil society.
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The Summit will help also provide a groundswell of momentum for the next global climate agreement expected to be agreed in Paris in late 2015. Countries are seeking an agreement with targets for post-2020, yet many observers recognize that commitments to climate action are needed now to ensure the world transitions rapidly to a low carbon future. The September Climate Summit seeks to provide the platform to catalyze climate actions from all leaders across society.
The outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference mandated the United Nations Secretariat, through paragraph 283, to establish and maintain a comprehensive registry of voluntary initiatives to promote sustainable development and poverty eradication. The SD in Action Registry includes individually registered voluntary commitments from Rio+20, Partnerships for Sustainable Development that emerged from the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), as well includes facilitates ease of access to other registries and initiatives, such as the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All), United Nations Global Compact, Every Woman Every Child, the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, the Action Network on Sustainable Transport, Partnerships for Small Island Developing States, and the Action Network on Sustainable Cities.
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. The overarching theme of the Conference is "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships". The Conference will serve as a forum to build on existing successful partnerships as well as to launch innovative and concrete new ones, to advance the sustainable development of small island developing States;
As the SIDS Conference is expected to see the launch of new innovative partnerships to advance the sustainable development of SIDS, the Partnerships Platform is open for all Stakeholders to announced partnerships into its registry through the Conference website.
The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, begun by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is soliciting commitments for concrete actions that will help achieve sustainable energy for all by 2030. These commitments can be made by governments, businesses, and civil society organizations.
The UN Global Compact, founded in 2000, is soliciting commitments from corporations to take action in support of UN goals and issues.