Ban invites world leaders to climate summit next September

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Warsaw Climate Change Conference – November 2013

World leaders have been invited to a climate summit next September to forge a new path toward a low carbon economy.

The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his address to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

He said the Climate Summit in 2014 will be held in New York and will include participation by business, finance, civil society and local leaders.

Secretary-General Ban said the impacts of climate change threaten all our development gains; the rising human and economic toll affects everyone ; and the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, who are being harmed first and worst, are crying out for climate justice.

” The message from the planet and from scientists is a very clear one, as we will see once again this week when the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Developments will publish its most recent assessment. These dangers come hand in hand with opportunities to be grasped the way of changing city planning, transport, and the way in which our homes and our factories are supplied with energy. The way towards low carbon economies is opening up the forests, this is the path which can lead to the creation of jobs and to an improvement in public health while allowing us all to protect the environment.”

There is opportunity amid this peril – a chance to change the way we do business, plan our cities, fuel our homes and factories, and move our goods and ourselves. A low-carbon path beckons – a path that can create jobs and improve public health while safeguarding the environment.

Secretary-General Ban challenged leaders to bring bold pledges to the Summit, stressing: "Innovate, scale-up, cooperate and deliver concrete action that will close the emissions gap and put us on track for an ambitious legal agreement through the UNFCCC process."

The Summit will come one year before countries aim to conclude a global climate agreement in 2015 through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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