Guterres sets out new climate action plan for 2019 Summit

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has outlined a new climate action plan that targets issues that could have the greatest impacts on reducing emissions and building resilience, and has announced he will convene a Climate Summit in New York in 2019.

Meeting with a group of leaders from developing and developed countries, Mr Guterres identified six key issues:

  • investment in clean technology;

  • carbon pricing;

  • the energy transition;

  • risk mitigation;

  • augmenting the contribution of sub-national actors and business; and

  • mobilizing finance.

Several leaders also proposed that the challenges of deforestation and ocean degradation should also be addressed.

The informal dialogue took place during the UN General Assembly High Level Week with leaders or high-level officials from 22 countries, and followed a meeting that Mr Guterres had with non-party stakeholders which emphasised the need for greater engagement by local governments, states, regions, businesses and investors, and communities to fully implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Included in the dialogue were leaders from Australia, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sweden, Russian Federation, Mexico, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Some country leaders offered to lead a specific area: President of France will host a Summit on finance in December 2017; China and India focused on the need for scaling up efforts in energy and technology; the Prime Minister of Denmark offered to build a Clean Energy Investment Coalition; the President of Hungary offered to galvanize efforts in promoting the role of the non-state actors; The Prime Minister of UK outlined the need for enhancing efforts

at risk mitigation; and the Prime Minister of Norway agreed to focus on carbon pricing.

Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers at the meeting said they were also accelerating their own climate action, and exchanged views on how actions in specific areas could progress further.

The meeting, the first of its kind since the leaders gathered in Paris in 2015, aimed at reinvigorating high level engagement to scale up transformative action that will allow the world to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate risk mitigation, while the Prime Minister of Norway agreed to focus on carbon pricing.

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