San Francisco to host Global Climate Action Summit

The Global Climate Action Summit is set to take place in San Francisco, CA, the United States, from September 12-14, 2018, bringing leaders and people together from around the world.

Aiming to take ambition to the next level, the Summit will underscore the urgency of the threat of climate change by mobilizing the voices and experience of real people, in real communities already facing real and stark threats. It will challenge and channel the energy and idealism of people everywhere to step up and overcome it.

At the Summit, international and local leaders from states, regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society—known as “non-party stakeholders/non-state actors”—will be joined by national government leaders, scientists, students, nonprofits and others in a new wave of mobilization.

They will be sharing what they have achieved to date and committing to doing more to usher in the era of decarbonization, greater levels of sustainability and prosperity for the many rather than the few, according to the organizers.

These actors will also celebrate a range of new climate commitments under five key areas: Healthy Energy Systems, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land Stewardship and Transformative Climate Investments.

The confidence, enthusiasm and support generated by this wave of action now and through 2019, will embolden national governments leaders to trigger the necessary domestic processes ahead of 2020 while also triggering more states and regions, cities, businesses and investors to ‘step up’ further action themselves.

The Summit, timed to coincide with preparations by national governments to revisit their Paris targets by 2020 will showcase the progress already made by non-state actors and the huge appetite to do more.

It will also culminate in a ‘call to action’ from participants to world leaders, sending a confident signal that there is a strong foundation for stepping up national ambition over the next two years.