UNU Supporting UN Climate Summit 2014


  • 2014•09•11     New York

    The United Nations University is delighted to be supporting UN Climate Summit 2014 hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September in New York. UNU will be hosting a thematic session on “The Economic Case for Climate Action” with global leaders and world renowned experts from China, India, Mexico, and the United States.

    UNU’s session will take place on 23 September from 17:15 – 18:30 (New York time) and will be streamed live on UN Web TV.

    The session will be co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey and H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
    The discussion panel will include:
    • H.E. Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (Moderator)
    • H.E. Mr. Felipe Calderón, Former President of México and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
    • Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University
    • Dr Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University, New Delhi
    • Professor Jintao Xu, Director, China Center for Energy and Development, Peking University

    Extreme weather events and rising sea levels will increasingly make clear the costly impact of climate change. The unsustainable use of resources, coupled with a growing world population and rapidly rising demand for energy, poses daunting challenges for keeping global warming within internationally agreed limits.

    Several major recent reports and analyses contend that the benefits of moving toward more sustainable, low-carbon growth far outweigh the risks of inaction, which include extensive loss of life, livelihoods, and infrastructure, as well as increased food insecurity and water scarcity. According to these studies, a low-carbon, climate resilient economy is not only necessary, but possible.

    The UNU-hosted session will discuss transformation pathways needed in the production of food and energy, transportation systems, as well as the planning and building of cities to ensure a healthy planet while fostering strong, climate resilient economies. Participants will also explore underlying policies that should be pursued to incentivize investments into these transformations.

    Through its extensive global research, UNU analyzes the multifaceted impact of climate change on health, human security, and economic development and explores policies to strengthen the resilience of countries, societies, and economies against various challenges posed by climate change. By hosting the expert panel, UNU hopes to mobilize resources and political will for ambitious climate action.

    To find out more about UNU’s thematic session visit the UN Climate Summit website, and follow the UNU and the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) Twitter feeds (@UNUniversity @UNUEHS) and the UNU and UNU-EHS Facebook pages.

    To learn more about UNU’s climate research or to arrange an interview with a UNU climate expert, please contact:

    Janine Kandel, UNU Media Officer
    +1 917 294 6251