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UNDP & Partners Announce Concert to Kick-off Climate Week NYC

Aug 29, 2016

Ahead of UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, ‘Maintaining the Momentum: A Call to Action on Climate Change’ will push for quick implementation of the Paris Agreement.

New York – Featuring musical performances from Nicole Atkins, Martha Wainwright, Jesse Paris Smith, Rebecca Foon, Suzzy Roche, Techung, Xylouris White, Mercury Rev and Lucy Wainwright Roche; and with remarks from 350.org’s Bill McKibben and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the event will call on world leaders to quickly turn climate commitments into action.

“The adoption and signing of the Paris Agreement were truly momentous,” notes Stephen Gold, UNDP’s Global Lead on Climate Change in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. “But results take action and, in addition to our on-the-ground work in support of countries’ efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change, a big part of our focus now is on advocacy and maintaining the incredible momentum we saw in Paris last year. This concert will help us push that message forward.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called on countries to present their respective instruments of ratification in New York on 21 September. To lend support to this initiative, UNDP and partners are organizing the concert for 19 September to coincide with the opening of Climate Week NYC. The concert will take place at City Winery in New York, with all proceeds going to climate initiatives.

“We launched ‘Pathway to Paris’ in September 2014 with one goal: push for an agreement on climate change,” says Jesse Paris Smith, co-founder of Pathway to Paris. “That agreement has been reached, but the work doesn’t end until real progress is being done in countries everywhere. Our aim now is to keep the pressure on, and Climate Week NYC is the perfect opportunity to launch this yearly campaign.”

Thus far at least 10 performers and two speakers have been confirmed, with more on the way. The award-winning short-documentary “Thirty Million” will also be screened prior to the 8pm show time.

Tickets can be purchased on at City Winery.

Media requests should be sent to Carl Mercer (carl.mercer@undp.org).