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Climate Change: Mobilizing the World

Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 16:00 / Location: New York University, Stern School of Business, New York, NY

Tags: climate, climate change, climate action, sustainable development goals, SDGs, UNSG, NYU, sustainable development, António Guterres, New York University, Stern School of Business, New York

On Tuesday, 30 May 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for sustained action to respond to the “dangerous and accelerating” effects of climate change in a speech addressing academics, business leaders and students at the New York University Stern School of Business.

In his talk, the Secretary-General laid out a five-point action plan to mobilize the world around climate action, starting with limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees-Celsius. He went on to suggest entering into deeper dialogue between Governments and major private sector actors to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy; strengthening the UN development system’s support to Governments in their effort to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; mobilizing both national and international resources for resilience, adaptation and the implementation of national climate action plans; and creating new and strengthened partnerships, including with the private sector and through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.

The Secretary-General also highlighted the opportunities that climate action can provide through the job creation and increased economic growth, noting that it is not surprising that many private corporations, including major oil and gas companies, have opted to take climate action. 

“They know that green business is good business. It is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do,” he stressed. 

Watch the event video HERE

Read the transcript of the Secretary-General’s speech HERE