The Climate Action Summit will be taking place on Saturday.
The list of participants is available on the Summit website now: https://www.climateambitionsummit2020.org/index.php#programme. There could be last-minute changes, but as of today, there are 77 Heads of State or Government scheduled to speak, as well as 27 leaders from the private sector, regional and local governments, and civil society.
Confirmed speakers, as of 10 December:
Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Ethiopia, European Union, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Luxembourg, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Nations, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zimbabwe
Apple, Artistic Milliners, C40 Cities, City of Freetown, Dalmia Cement, European Investment Bank, Fairtrade International, Generation Investment Management, Global Optimism, Godrej and Boyce, Green Africa Youth Organization, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, International Airlines Group, International Monetary Fund, Kharia Tribe from Odisha, India, Legal & General Investment Management, Marshall Islands Youth Delegate, Movida Rent-a-Car, Slum Dwellers International, State of Massachusetts, State of Michigan, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, Wellington Management, World Bank Group, World Meteorological Organization, Zurich Insurance
The Secretary-General will open the Summit, starting at 9 a.m. NY time on Saturday. We expect that a running speaking order will be posted at the above address.
Why are only some countries speaking at the Summit?
- The three co-hosts – the UN, UK and France – provided all Member States with clear guidelines from the outset that speaking slots would go to countries and other actors who can show the most ambition right now, whether in the area of mitigation, adaptation and resilience, or climate finance, including through concrete plans or other actions.
- This means that not everyone who wanted to speak will be able to, and we know that there are many other countries that are still preparing plans—some delayed by the pandemic — that will be released in the months ahead.
- So the list of countries speaking at the Summit does not mean that other countries are not taking action, or will take action, in the period ahead. Indeed there will be many opportunities – and indeed a great need – for such countries to come forward with greater ambition and enhanced national commitments in 2021 before COP26.
- The Summit is just one step – albeit a significant stride forward – on the pathway to Glasgow, with many more big strides needed next year.
Further information and material:
- Press briefing by ASG Selwin Hart (9 December): http://webtv.un.org/watch/climate-ambition-summit-press-conference-10-december-2020/6215477036001/
- Communications assets for the Summit: https://trello.com/b/Ll2VyfTY/climate-ambition-summit