OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría to discuss the Economic Case for Climate Action during UN Climate Summit


19/09/14 - As part of the Climate Summit 2014 hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September in New York, the United Nations University(UNU) is hosting a thematic session on “The Economic Case for Climate Action” with global leaders and world renowned experts from China, India, Mexico, and the United States. Please see a detailed media advisory below from the UNU.

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Media Advisory:

When: 5.15 to 6.30 pm on 23 September 2014

Where: Conference Room 4 at the United Nations Headquarters and through live streaming on


  • H.E. Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD (Moderator)
  • H.E. Mr. Felipe Calderón, Former President of México and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
  • Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Professor Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi
  • Professor Jintao Xu, Director, China Center for Energy and Development, Peking University

Background: Extreme weather events and rising sea-levels will increasingly make clear the costly impact of climate change. The unsustainable use of resources, coupled with a growing world population and rapidly rising demand for energy, pose daunting challenges for keeping global warming within internationally agreed limits.

The session will discuss transformation pathways needed in the production of food and energy, transportation systems, as well as the planning and building of cities to ensure a healthy planet while fostering strong, climate resilient economies. They will also explore underlying policies that should be pursued to incentivize investments into these transformations.

Attention media: Access to the United Nations premises is only granted to journalists accredited by the UN Department of Public Information. The session can be followed via live web streaming at

For more information or to arrange for an interview with one of the panellists or a UNU climate expert, please contact:
Janine Kandel, UNU Media Officer
+1 917 294 6251


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