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On the upcoming Climate Action Summit, UN deputy chief Amina J. Mohammed said “it’s time to ratchet up the actions that we need to have at the country level,” adding that “we do need to kick that movement to a much higher gear if we are to reach the goals that are being outlined by science,” in the case of climate and SDGs. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

17 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“It’s time to ratchet up the actions that we need to have at the country level. People, industries and governments are moving there, been engaging over the last four years, and for that we know that we are on track. But we do need to kick that movement to a much higher gear if we are to reach the goals that are being outlined by science, in the case of climate, and of course by the data really shows how much we have to do on poverty and the other goals of the SDGs.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The Summit will present practical and new measures to one, speed up the transition from coal to clean energy and to cut the pollution that is harming our health. The second, protect nature but also unlock the potential of nature to deliver climate solutions. The third, create cleaner, greener ways to work and to move, speed up the transition and key sectors from grey to green economies, safeguard people from the impact of climate change already been felt right now, and help make sure that we leave no one behind. The transition must be ramped up now, and it must be fair to include everyone.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We know that the transition of coal is not a one-size-fits-all. It is complex. In many countries, renewables are already cheaper than coal and the transition is well underway. In other countries, the transition needs more support and particular funding options for renewables. It is not enough that we stop funding coal and funding must be actively moved towards to making renewables possible. So there is tension that we need to pay specific attention to.”
8. Various shots, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Luis Alfonso de Alba, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit:
“The youth are going to develop a set of recommendations to Member States and to other stakeholders, and they are also going to development a number of initiatives on their own, things they are committed to do. And that will be showcase very clearly during the weekend. And it will also be presented at the Summit, at the opening of the Summit.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room

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On the upcoming Climate Action Summit, UN deputy chief Amina J. Mohammed said “it’s time to ratchet up the actions that we need to have at the country level,” adding that “we do need to kick that movement to a much higher gear if we are to reach the goals that are being outlined by science,” in the case of climate and SDGs.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Climate Action Summit, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed briefed reporters today (17 Sep) on the overview of the types of initiatives that can be expected from the coming Climate Action Summit.

Mohammed said, “the Summit will present practical and new measures to one, speed up the transition from coal to clean energy and to cut the pollution that is harming our health.”

She noted that the second initiative is to “protect nature but also unlock the potential of nature to deliver climate solutions,” adding that “the third, create cleaner, greener ways to work and to move, speed up the transition and key sectors from grey to green economies, safeguard people from the impact of climate change already been felt right now, and help make sure that we leave no one behind.”

On coal, the UN deputy chief said, “we know that the transition of coal is not a one-size-fits-all. It is complex. In many countries, renewables are already cheaper than coal and the transition is well underway. In other countries, the transition needs more support and particular funding options for renewables.”

She continued, “it is not enough that we stop funding coal and funding must be actively moved towards to making renewables possible. So there is tension that we need to pay specific attention to.”

Asked about the youth engagement in the Youth Summit, UN Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit Luis Alfonso de Alba said, “the youth are going to develop a set of recommendations to Member States and to other stakeholders, and they are also going to development a number of initiatives on their own, things they are committed to do. And that will be showcase very clearly during the weekend. And it will also be presented at the Summit, at the opening of the Summit.”

On 23 September 2019, the Secretary-General of the United Nations will host the Climate Action Summit in New York with the objective of boosting ambition and rapidly accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement. The Secretary-General aims to demonstrate a leap in collective national political ambition and massive low-emission movements in the real economy.

The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of a weekend of events leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23.
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