The first United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in December 2009 in Copenhagen with 100 countries represented. It was to a large degree a very disappointing event with no binding agreement on actions to prevent climate change, other than a reference to the target of limiting global warming to 20C above pre-industrial temperatures.

Since 2009 there have been further meetings each year, but still with very little progress from governments despite the increasing evidence of extreme climate related events occurring all over the planet. In recognition of this lack of progress, the 193 member states of the United Nations have now established the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). The UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon said,

"With its augmented role as a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly, UNEA has the mandate and capacity to position the environment alongside peace and security, poverty reduction, global health, trade and sustainable economic growth as an issue of crucial importance to every government."

The next United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in New York on September 23rd 2014, and is the final meeting before the December 2015 meeting in Paris. 2015 marks the deadline for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and subsequently, the UN will launch a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. It is also when Member States have pledged to sign a meaningful new global climate agreement.

A global day of action on September 21st 2014 is being co-ordinated by groups such as, and others with the intention to " take to the streets to demand that the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities."

Whilst the main rally will be in New York where the world leaders are meeting, like-minded organisations all around the world will be holding demonstrations in support. SusKes has registered as a supporting organisation and we invite you to join us on the 21st September to help deliver the message to our leaders. For more information please contact Chris Knowles (017687 72101) or Clyde Mitchell (017687 71223).