UN Climate Summit: no plan B for the world

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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, set the tone for today’s (23 September) Climate Summit at the People’s Climate March in New York on Sunday: “There is no Plan B because we do not have Planet B”.

Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders from the fields of government, finance, business and civil society as well as all UN Member States to bring bold announcements and actions on climate change to the Summit. UITP is currently in New York representing the public transport sector and will be participating in various different activities throughout the day.

First on the agenda is the Transport Policy Room (8:30-11:45 EDT), where private sector partners and government figures will convene to discuss in more detail the transport commitments made during the Summit. UITP will present its own initiative to double the market share of public transport worldwide by 2025 as well as over 350 concrete pledges from public transport organisations the world over to reduce emissions or bring about modal shift.

In the afternoon (15:30-16:00 EDT), UITP Secretary General, Alain Flausch, will be presenting these pledges to the world’s press at the Transport Action Press Conference. Showcasing these activities provides a positive context for international climate negotiations, showing that action on climate change at the local level is being amplified. UITP will continue to highlight its members’ efforts in the build-up to Paris 2015 as these actions will help to leverage wider action on low carbon transport.

Last and by no means least is the Transport Action Area (16:00-17:20 EDT). UITP has joined forces with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Urban Electric Mobility Vehicles Initiative (UEMI) following an invitation from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to deliver ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land transport.

In front of an audience including two heads of state, private sector figures and public transport stakeholders, UITP will once again present the sector’s pledges, highlighting the fundamental role that public transport plays in delivering low carbon sustainable urban environments.

  • You can follow all the transport-related action from the UN Climate Summit on www.uitp.org

Photo: © UN Photo/Mark Garten

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