In an unprecedented announcement, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon just revealed that he will be joining the People’s Climate March in New York this Sunday, September 21st. Showing his personal commitment to the issue, he told a press conference: “I will link arms with those marching for climate action. We stand with them on the right side of this key issue for our common future.” Read on for further details and to find out how you can join Secretary-General Ban!
While it should come as no surprise to readers that Ban Ki-moon has some fans here at Inhabitat, he has certainly upped the ante with this latest announcement. It is very rare for senior officials at his level to take part in such activities, but his participation was confirmed by associate spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Eri Kaneko, who told Mashable via email that Ban is most likely to join the marchers towards the end of the route where a stage will be set up for speakers.
The People’s Climate March is timed to coincide with the special UN Climate Summit Secretary-General Ban has called for Tuesday 23 September, 2014. He has invited heads of state and business leaders to UN Headquarters in New York to kickstart talks and commitments to take action on climate change in the lead up to the next United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in December 2015. As he told members of the press: “Action on climate change is urgent. The more we delay, the more we will pay in lives and in money. The Climate Summit that I am convening one week from today has two goals: to mobilize political will for a universal and meaningful climate agreement next year in Paris; and second to generate ambitious steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen resilience. We are anticipating an impressive turnout of leaders from Government, business, finance and civil society. Most important, we are expecting significant commitments and progress.”
Secretary-General Ban’s personal commitment to next week’s events is impressive, and we can only hope that other summit delegates decide to follow his example. If you want to join the march, it kicks off from Central Park West at 11:30 a.m. ET. Marches are also planned in 150 other countries as well as in other U.S. cities. We have roundups on how to participate here and here, and up-to-date logistical details can also be found on the official People’s Climate March website.