This Thursday, 24 September, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT, the UN Secretary-General is convening a High-level Roundtable on Climate Action to demonstrate how governments, business and finance, and civil society are moving toward action that is greener, sustainable and inclusive.
COVID-19 has caused the postponement of many climate-related events this year, including COP26, which has been pushed back to November 2021. But the pandemic hasn’t stopped climate change, the impacts of which are accelerating and intensifying. The recent United in Science report showed that all indicators were moving in the wrong direction and that we are well off course to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Greenhouse gas concentrations have hit a record high, and we are on track for the hottest five years on record.
The roundtable event will highlight the boldest efforts and the vast social and economic benefits of a sustainable recovery and of action to limit global warming to 1.5°C by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and to ensure that people and the planet are protected from climate change impacts. It will showcase high-impact solutions by governments and real economy leaders, in line with the Secretary-General’s six climate-positive actions to recover better together: Invest in sustainable jobs. Do not bail out polluting industries. End fossil-fuel subsidies. Take climate risks into account in all financial and policy decisions. Work together. Most important, leave no one behind.
The Roundtable will be a significant step towards the five-year anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Paris Agreement on 12 December this year, which will be a vital moment to mobilize greater action and ambition on the pathway to COP26 in November 2021.