On Monday, 23 September, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is hosting the 2019 Climate Action Summit to boost ambition and accelerate action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.


General Program

Where: UN General Assembly Hall

When: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Schedule available here:

Access: A very limited number of tickets will be available for the press gallery of the General Assembly Hall during the Climate Action Summit. The Media Liaison Desk on the 3rd floor will distribute tickets on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before each session of the Summit begins. Photographers and videographers do not require separate tickets and will be escorted to designated media booths, where available. Media with TV/video equipment must be cleared via the ramp on the east side of the General Assembly Building.



Private Sector Forum

Where: Delegates Dining Room & South Dining Room

When:   1:15 – 2:30 PM

Details: The Private Sector Forum — organized by the UN Global Compact and partners as the high-level luncheon of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit — is where CEOs will join the UN Secretary-General and Heads of State to recognize ambitious climate action, including the announcement of those leaders who have joined the newly launched Business Ambition for 1.5˚C campaign. Programme is here.

Who: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Heads of State, Private Sector Leaders

Access: This event requires a special event pass. Reach out to media contact for access.


Media Contact: Leila Puutio | [email protected]


Media Briefings for Summit Initiatives 

Where: Media Briefing Room (S-237)

When:  Ongoing (see below)

Details: Representatives of Summit Initiatives announced on stage will also provide formal briefings to expand on their announcements.

Schedule: More details will be provided ahead of the Summit.

Access:  All accredited media can access the Media Briefing Room during the Summit. To access the Media Briefing Room, take the entrance near the satellite dishes, then take the escalator to second floor.



Media Briefing: Least Developed Countries 

Where: Media Briefing Room (S-237)

When: 9:00-9:25 EDT


  • Mr. Sonam P. Wangdi, Secretary of the National Environment Commission, Bhutan,
  • Mr. Bintony Kutsaira, M.P., Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Malawi,
  • Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
  • Mr. Javier Manzanares, Deputy Executive Director, Green Climate Fund


Media Briefing: The Economy Moving from Grey to Green

Where:  Media Briefing Room (S-237)

When:  11:00-11:15 EDT


  • Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India
  • Ms. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment, Sweden
  • Mr. Premal Desai, Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp
  • Mr. Dominic Waughray, Managing Director, World Economic Forum


Media Briefing: The Economy Moving from Grey to Green in the Shipping Sector

Where: Media Briefing Room (S-237)

When: 11:15-11:30 EDT


  • H.E. Mr. Jeppe Kofod, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark
  • Mr. Søren Toft, Chairman of Maersk Container Industries
  • Mr. Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority
  • Ms. Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)


Media Briefing: Live, Work and Move Green 

Where: Media Briefing Room (S-237)

When: 11:30-11:55 EDT


  • H.E. Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President, Costa Rica
  • Ms. Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
  • Ms. Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona and co-President of United Cities & Local Governments (UCLG)


Media Briefing: Adapting Now: Making People Safer

Where: Media Briefing Room (S-237)

When: 12:00-12:25 EDT


  • Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt
  • Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


Media Briefing: Unlocking the Potential of Nature in Climate Action

Where:  Media Briefing Room (S-237)

When:  13:00-13:25 EDT


  • Mr. Lee White, Minister for Forests, Sea, the Environment and Climate Plan, Gabon
  • Mr. Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone


Media Briefing: Small Island Developing States 

Where:  Media Briefing Room (S-237)

When:  14:00-14:25 EDT


  • H.E. Mr. Wilfred P. Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belize
  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP
  • Mr. Francesco La Camera, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency


Media Briefing: Cutting GHG Emissions Now with Cooling and Energy Efficiency

Where: Media Briefing Room (S-237)

When: 14:30-14:55 EDT


  • Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda
  • Mr. Jonas Samuelson, President & CEO, Electrolux
  • Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO of Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Ms. Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)


Pollution Pods Art Installation

Where: North Lawn of UN Plaza

When: 21 – 24 September

Details: As part of the Clean Air Initiative, in which governments must commit to making our air safe by 2030 at the latest, and to encourage urgent action on climate change for the sake of our health, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging world leaders, youth activists and the media to walk through this viscerally powerful art installation, created by British artist Michael Pinsky. Visitors to the Pollution Pods at the UN will experience the sensation of air pollution for a few minutes, but breathing toxic air is the reality for millions of people every day of their lives.

Access: Open to the public.

Media Contacts: Zoe Tcholak Antitch | [email protected] | +1-646-270-3675

                                Arthur Wyns | [email protected] 


SDG Media Zone

Where: UN Visitors’ Plaza

When: 21 and 23-27 September

Details: The SDG Media Zone is an area for high-impact media interviews with key global decision-makers, thought leaders and opinion-makers, including live broadcast opportunities with global media outlets in front of a live audience.

Schedule: Program available online here.

Access: All accredited media can access the SDG Media Zone, but space is limited.


Media contact: Devi Palanivelu | [email protected]


SDG Action Zone 

Where: Rose Garden

When: 23-27 September

Details: The SDG Action Zone will be a dedicated event space in the Rose Garden of the UN during the UNGA high-level week for all stakeholders implementing, advancing, engaging and accelerating transformative action towards the SDGs. The vision is to integrate various sectors and stakeholders in an innovative manner that facilitates collaboration and breaks through silos.

Schedule: Program available online here.

Access: All accredited media can access the SDG Action Zone but space is limited. Access will be prioritized for registered attendees. To ensure access, all accredited media are encouraged to register through the online registration form using MEDIA as the Event Host Code.


Media Contact: Marta Rojas |[email protected]



About the Climate Action Summit

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is hosting the Climate Action Summit in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly. The Secretary-General is calling on all leaders – governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations – to come with concrete, realistic plans that will boost ambition and rapidly accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement.

Media Opportunity

For more information on the Climate Action Summit, please contact Dan Shepard, UN Department of Global Communications, at [email protected], tel. 1 212 963-9495. 

Social Channels

  • Follow the Summit’s events via the following social channels and by following #ClimateAction:
  • United Nations: @UN
  • Secretary-General António Guterres: @antonioguterres
  • Deputy Secretary-General Amina J Mohammed: @AminaJMohammed
  • Luis Alfonso de Alba, Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit: @ladealba
  • Jayathma Wickramanayake, Envoy on Youth: @UNYouthEnvoy
  • Sustainable Development Goals: @GlobalGoalsUN


More Information and Contacts

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