On September 23, 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening Climate Summit 2014 in New York City. The gathering is expected to include over 100 heads of state, including President Obama. According to the U.N.’s Web site on the summit, the meeting is intended to “serve as a public platform for leaders at the highest level—all UN Member States, as well as finance, business, civil society and local leaders from public and private sectors—to catalyze ambitious action on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience and mobilize political will for an ambitious global agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.”
The “agreement by 2015” mentioned refers to the Nov.-Dec. 2015 meeting in Paris of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC, where a new international treaty on climate change may result; the Framework Convention is the process that resulted in the 1997 Kyoto climate treaty and subsequent international agreements.
The summit on the 23rd the most prominent, but only one, of what’s being called “Climate Week NYC 2014,” from September 22 to 28. For example, a “Rising Seas Summit” will take place Sept. 24-26.
United Nations information on the New York City summit is available online at http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/. Information about the UNFCCC, including about the 2015 Paris meeting, is available online at http://unfccc.int/2860.php. Information on Climate Week NYC 2014 is available online at http://www.climateweeknyc.org/.