Originally published on UN Global Impact
On 17 May, the UN Global Compact Academy hosted a special briefing on how business leaders can get involved in the lead-up to the UN Climate Summit 2019 — and beyond — in order to support ambitious political outcomes towards a just, resilient and zero-carbon future.
- UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Luis Alfonso De Alba
- Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact
- Paul Polman, SDG Advocate, Chair of the B Team, Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Vice Chair of the UN Global Compact Board and member of the International Business Council of World Economic Forum (WEF)
- Jen Austin, Policy Director, WMB
2019 is a crucial year for climate action, requiring ramped-up ambition from all actors in society to enable the world to bend the emissions curve by the end of 2020 and to get on track to limit global warming to 1.5ºC. On 23 September 2019, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will host the UN Climate Action Summit, calling on Heads of State to come to New York with concrete, realistic plans towards a full transformation of their economies to achieve net-zero global emissions by 2050.
The UN Climate Action Summit team invites input and leadership from businesses in the planning of the event throughout the year, and is working with the UN Global Compact, the We Mean Business coalition, the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum to coordinate these efforts.
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