UN Secretary-General speech on the state of the planet today at Columbia University from 8:45 to 10 am (NYC time)


I have the pleasure to inform you that the UN Secretary-General António Guterres will deliver a landmark speech on the state of the planet on 2 December at Columbia University from 8:45 to 10 am (NYC time), setting the stage for dramatically scaled-up ambition on climate over the coming year. While warning that current environmental and climate trends are dire, he is expected to point to the many solutions already within reach. Given the urgency of confronting the climate emergency, countries everywhere need to ramp up action. The time to act is now. Watch on UN TV


In addition, BBC World News and BBC World Service radio will feature an exclusive, hour-long programme with the Secretary-General hosted by Lucy Hockings during which he will face questions from around the world, including remotely from some of the places most affected by climate change. Watch the BBC special programme right after the speech on your TV or online BBC channels.  


Also released will be a special issue of the Production Gap Report – from leading research organizations and UNEP – which finds that the COVID-19 recovery marks a potential turning point, where countries must change course to avoid locking in levels of coal, oil, and gas production far higher than consistent with a 1.5°C limit.


Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.


Jorge Laguna-Celis

Secretary of Governing Bodies

UN Environment Programme

Tel: +254 20 762 3411.

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