Countries have committed to lock in a new international climate agreement at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. The latest science demands that nations commit to ambitious actions to avoid more dangerous and costly floods, droughts, storms, and other climate change effects. As it stands, nations will achieve less than half of the carbon-pollution reductions needed by 2020 to prevent catastrophic climate change. Fortunately, through smart policies and existing technologies, countries can put the world on track to achieve low-carbon economic growth and safeguard the climate for future generations. On September 23, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a Climate Leaders Summit in New York City, at which he expects world leaders to announce “bold pledges” and “concrete action” to reduce emissions and lay the groundwork for an ambitious 2015 global climate agreement.
The Center for American Progress is pleased to invite you to a discussion of what we should expect world leaders to deliver at the Climate Leaders Summit and beyond in order to lock in a strong 2015 global climate deal and drive low-carbon economic growth.
Carol M. Browner, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Bob Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations
Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President; Climate Envoy
Nigel Purvis, CEO, Climate Advisers
Cathleen Kelly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress