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Climate at top of agenda as world leaders gather in New York

E3G media advisory

NYCW 2022 Opening Ceremony – State of the climate: climate in the geopolitical context of today. Photo by Climate Group.
  • UN Secretary General hosts Climate Ambition Summit with world leaders on 20th September. 
  • COP28 Presidency UAE holds key ministerial meetings to advance climate negotiations, including on loss and damage and the Global Stocktake. 
  • Speeches at the UN General Assembly are a key opportunity for governments to announce new climate pledges and back growing support for transforming the financial system to tackle climate change. 


Next week marks the beginning of several key diplomatic moments on climate change this year.  

On 20th September, the UN Secretary General hosts a Climate Ambition Summit, inviting world leaders to bring new commitments to deliver on his Acceleration Agenda to radically step up action on climate change.  

Ahead of COP28, the UAE Presidency is hosting two important ministerial meetings: 

  • On 21st September, the ministerial on the Global Stocktake will bring together ministers for a first political dialogue on the main outcomes for COP28.  
  • On 22nd September, a ministerial on Loss and Damage will aim to bring political attention to difficult debates over what the loss and damage fund should look like when it is agreed at COP28. A separate special meeting between the UN Secretary General and leaders from international financial institutions will inform this dialogue. 

Speeches from world leaders throughout the week at the general debate of the UN General Assembly are key opportunities for them to lend their vocal support to critical agendas for global climate action this year: from efforts to secure new global agreements on tripling renewable energy by 2030 and phasing out fossil fuels, to transforming the financial system to better invest in climate action. It is also a powerful platform for world leaders to make new commitments on climate change, including iconic pledges such as new climate finance, building No New Coal, or joining international climate initiatives such as the Powering Past Coal Alliance. 


Camilla Fenning, Programme Lead, E3G said: 

“UN Climate Week is a real opportunity for leaders to build momentum on energy transition in advance of COP: there is gathering pace around ambition to triple global renewables capacity by 2030, and countries can complement commitments on renewables scale up with corresponding ambition on energy efficiency and fossil fuel phase out, including an immediate ending of new unabated coal power projects and clear timelines for a total end to coal power.” 

Alex Scott, Programme Lead at E3G said:  

“2023 has seen smaller countries beyond the US-China geopolitical poles drive global attention onto big ideas for change: reforming the global finance system, course-correcting global climate action, transforming the way trade opportunities are distributed between countries hosting the vast majority of the world’s critical materials for the energy transition. The summit bonanza in New York will be a key test of where the coalitions of power lie for moving these from ideas into action.” 

Frank Schroeder, Senior Policy Advisor at E3G said: 

“People are looking for political leadership at UNGA to reverse the intensity and frequency of climate-related disasters that are the centre of the global polycrisis. Achieving progress will require concrete reform proposals across the entire global financial architecture, from the way we deal with climate risk and resilience, debt as well as public and private finance.”

Available for comment in New York 

Alden Meyer (EN), Senior Associate, (UNFCCC and G7/G20 dynamics, mitigation ambition, climate finance, US policy and politics, New York Climate Week) 
m: +1-202-378-8619 |

Tom Evans (EN), Policy Advisor, (Climate diplomacy & geopolitics, the Global Stocktake, and the road to COP28) 
m: +44 (0) 7931 317 327 |

Alex Scott (EN), Programme Lead, (Climate diplomacy, climate finance, adaptation finance, loss and damage, road to COP28) 
m: +44 7482 750760 |

Camilla Fenning (EN), Programme Lead, (Coal phase-out, international coal transition, financing coal exit, fossil fuel transition) 
m: +44 7961 047835 |

Frank Schroeder (EN, DE), Senior Policy Advisor, (Global transition finance, global financial reform, governance of multilateral institutions, private finance mobilization, innovative financial mechanisms)

Kate Levick (EN), Associate Director and Co-Head of the Transition Plan Taskforce Secretariat, (Sustainable finance, climate disclosure, transition plans, regulation) 
m: + 44 7983 484 573 |

Dileimy Orozco (EN, ES), Senior Policy Advisor, (Development banks and private finance, green recovery, IFA reforms) 
m: +44 7876 301 615 |

Notes to Editors 

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