2019 September 21
2019 September 23

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit

Climate action summit

The Climate Action Summit aims to boost ambition for climate action, amplify stable and predictable financial flows and showcase innovative technologies required for the transition of our societies to a low-emission climate- resilient world. There are nine tracks for the Climate Action Summit which supports various action areas that is meant to accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement. UNIDO together with the World Economic Forum is supporting the industry transition track co-led by India and Sweden. 

UNIDO’s role for the industry transition track is to ensure the inclusiveness component of sustainable industrial development is enhanced. This is done by the promotion of countries that don’t necessarily have heavy industries but will need to continue to industrialize sustainably such as small island developing States and Least Developed Countries.  To boost ambition and accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement, the Climate Action Summit will focus on nine interdependent tracks, which will be led by 19 countries in total and supported by international organizations. UNIDO's role for the industry transition track is to ensure the inclusiveness component of sustainable industrial development is enhanced. This is done by the promotion of countries that don't necessarily have heavy industries but will need to continue to industrialize sustainably such as Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries.


UNIDO's involvement at the sessions during the SG Climate Action Summit

1. Accelerating Technology Diffusion to Promote Low-Emission Industrialization

22 September 2019, 12:45 -13:30 PM

The session will demonstrate commitments and perspectives of representatives from the private sector, national governments, climate funds and implementing agencies on accelerating technology diffusion to promote low-emission industrialization. 

For further information on UNIDO's contribution to Track #5 on Industry Transition, please see here.

Find the full agenda of "Industry Transition: Delivering the Paris Agreement" here.


2. Private Sector Forum- Commitments for a 1.5 °C Future- Making Ambition Loops Work

23 September 2019, 13:15 -14:45 PM

Since 2008, the annual Private Sector Forum (PSF) has gathered global leaders at the United Nations during UN General Assembly week to address major global issues such as climate change, sustainable development and human rights. This year, the Forum will be held as the high-level luncheon of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit. Hosted by the UN Secretary-General and organized by the UN Global Compact in close cooperation with UN partners, the event will provide a unique opportunity for Chief Executives, young climate leaders, Heads of State and Government as well as UN leaders to engage in a multi-stakeholder, intergenerational dialogue to align on an urgent and collective course of action in tackling the climate crisis.

Building on the ambition of the UN Climate Action Summit, the Private Sector Forum will provide an innovative, democratic and inclusive platform, aiming to build an unprecedented sense of urgency and momentum.

By encouraging cross-sector and inter-generational dialogue, the Forum will facilitate the sharing of groundbreaking climate-related commitments, public policy measures, and recognize the signatories of the Business Ambition for 1.5˚C Campaign. Companies who sign the pledge before 13 September 2019 will be recognized at the Forum. To find out more about the initiative, please click here.

A maximum of 350 participants will attend the Private Sector Forum. Participation will be at the highest level and by invitation only: CEOs from companies; Heads of State/Government; Heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes; Heads of civil society organizations, business associations and foundations; young entrepreneurs, and Heads of investor groups.

The UN Global Compact Office is leading the organization of this Forum, in close cooperation with the Climate Action Summit Team, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and UN partners.  

For more information, please visit here

Find the livestream link here


During the UN Global Compact Leaders Week, UNIDO will be involved in the following events on the sidelines of the Private Sector Forum:

   • Transformative Business Leadership for a 1.5 ˚C Future

   • Executive Lunch: A Parallel Dialogue on Business Commitments for a 1.5 ˚C Future

   • Climate Action Reception


3. Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit “Sustainable Cities: Hubs of Climate Action and Innovation”

23 September 2019, 18:00-20:00 PM


While cities are economically and socially vulnerable to climate change impacts, they are also responsible for 70 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. With the Paris Agreement paving a path to low emission and climate-resilient development, cities are squarely in the driver’s seat accelerating our collective movement on this path to sustainability. Cities nurture innovation, ingenuity and leadership. We need to fully utilize their power and valour to preserve life of our planet by slowing down climate change and reversing environmental degradation.


This event will highlight the significance and potential of cities as hubs for climate action and innovation. The event will include two panel discussions featuring national and city decision-makers and representatives from international organizations, financial institutions and youth groups. Panelists will be invited to showcase specific, concrete and impactful initiatives, as well as innovative mechanisms that can be deployed to ensure adequate resources are available for city climate action. The focus of the panel discussions will be on i) combating climate change with urban innovation; and ii) financing city climate action.

Find more information about UNIDO's activities related to sustainable cities here.

Find the Concept Note here.

Find the Agenda here.


Further information about the Climate Action Summit 2019 to be found here.

Find the press release here.


Find UNIDO's engagement during the high-level week of the 74th Session of the UNGA here.