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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 8.41 GMT
Climate Summit 2014 begins today


The United Nations Summit on Climate Change will take place in New York on today.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will join more than 100 other world leaders in New York City to attend the one-day summit. He will present Sri Lanka’s national statement on climate change at the Summit.

"The disproportionate pollution of the environment by industrialized countries, and the resultant impact on global warming and climate change, cannot be remedied with any semblance of justice by imposing harsh restraints on developing countries which have contributed very little to aggravation of the problem. These circumstances heighten the importance of social equity at the international level," President Rajapaksa said addressing the 66th UN General Assembly in 2011.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the Climate Summit to engage leaders and advance climate action and ambition. The Summit will serve as a public platform for leaders at the highest level – all UN Member States, as well as finance, business, civil society and local leaders from public and private sectors – to catalyze ambitious action on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience and mobilize political will for an ambitious global agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.

The Climate Summit will be about action and solutions that are focused on accelerating progress in areas that can significantly contribute to reducing emissions and strengthening resilience – such as agriculture, cities, energy, financing, forests, pollutants, resilience and transportation.

Meanwhile, thousands of people in New York and around the world yesterday took to the streets, demanding more political action to help fight global warming.

U.N. Climate Change Conference, which will take place in December 2015, in Paris. Today’s Climate Summit is expected to prepare political thinking ahead of this conference.

Photo Courtesy: The United Nations







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