International climate action has taken us around the world and back again over the last nine months — from New York in September 2015 for the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals, which for the first time includes climate change among its 17 global goals, to Paris in December for the adoption of a historic international agreement on climate change, and back to New York again just last month for the signing of the Paris Agreement on Earth Day.
In mere months, the world has taken bold strides towards realizing an international agreement on climate change. But solving climate change will take more than pledges and commitments. Now is the time for climate action, which brings us to Washington, DC, for the Climate Action 2016 summit. Climate Action 2016 will convene nearly 700 leaders from all sectors – business, academia, civil society, philanthropy, cities, investment, and more – to discuss how the rubber hits the road, or as UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres so aptly put it at the signing of the Paris Agreement, “How the solar hits the panels,” on climate action.
Leaders including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; COP21 President Ségolène Royal; former U.S. Vice President Al Gore; and Sustainable Energy for All CEO Rachel Kyte will take the stage at Climate Action 2016 to discuss the work we’ve done, and the work we still have to do to achieve and exceed the climate goals adopted in Paris and reaffirmed in New York on Earth Day.
Follow Climasphere May 4-6 for live coverage of Climate Action 2016, and stay tuned for what we’re hearing from the summit!