29 June 2015. New York, US
The President of the General Assembly will convene a high-level event next summer at UN Headquarters with the goal of helping countries reach a climate change agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris in December 2015.
The 29th June event, which will include ministerial-level participants, will take place about midway between the COP 20 in Lima, and next December’s COP 21 in Paris.
It will be the first major gathering on climate change in New York since the UN Secretary-General’s landmark Climate Summit on 23 September, which saw more than 100 Heads of State and Government and many business leaders announce bold plans to address global warming.
It “is meant to keep up the momentum” and complement the ongoing negotiations being led by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mr. Sam Kahama Kutesa said. “It will provide member states with a platform to exchange views, share experiences and take stock of the progress ahead of the Paris meeting.”