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UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change

22 September 2009, 10:30 – 14:30
Delegates Dining Room, UN Headquarters, New York  


The UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change [1] will bring together Heads of State and Government with chief executives of global business, civil society leaders and the Heads of UN Agencies. Close to 300 leaders are expected to attend, including more than 50 Heads of State and Government.

The purpose of the Forum, held in conjunction with the UN Summit on Climate Change on the same day, is to build positive political momentum towards the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) taking place in Copenhagen this December, by demonstrating explicit private sector support for bold climate action. It is expected that business and civil society leaders will:  

  1. (i) Make the case to Heads of State and Government that the private sector has a strong interest in the negotiation of a balanced and effective global climate change treaty;
  2. (ii) demonstrate that the private sector is already taking action to move to a low-carbon economy and that solutions to the climate crisis are available; and
  3. (iii) commit to taking action to address climate change – individually and in partnership with the UN and civil society. 

A Private Sector Statement will be developed to articulate why it is vital that Governments “ Seal the Deal” in Copenhagen. 

Media Access

Depending on security arrangements and available space, a limited number of UN-accredited journalists will be given access to the opening and closing segments of the Leadership Forum. (The interactive discussion sessions during the Forum will NOT be open to the media.)

Journalists interested in attending the Forum must send an email to unlf_media@unglobalcompact.org no later than COB Monday, 14 September. Seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with consideration for wide regional representation. (Journalists admitted to the Forum will receive further logistical details via email.

Due to security, no broadcast crews and no press photographers will be admitted to the Delegates Dining Room during the Forum.

Please note that ALL journalists must be UN-accredited prior to the event. For information on the UN accreditation process, please visit the website of the UN Media Liaison and Accreditation Unit: www.un.org/media/accreditation/liaison.htm .  

For information on general media arrangements for the General Assembly and the UN Summit on Climate Change, visit www.un.org/media/accreditation/events.htm.

Quiet space will be provided in the Delegates Dining Room for journalists seeking to interview participating business and civil society leaders, as well as heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes. The Global Compact Office will help facilitate interviews and more information will be made available shortly. To avoid disruptions of the proceedings and due to security arrangements, interviews can only take place during the coffee break (12:30 to 12:50), and after the closing session (after 14:30) .  

Press Briefing

A press briefing on the Leadership Forum will be held in the UN Press Briefing Room (S-226) from 11:00-11:45 on 22 September. Further details will be released shortly.  

Audiovisual Coverage

United Nations Television will provide live pool coverage of the opening and closing session of the Forum. For further information, contact United Nations Television (room CB-56; tel: 212 963 7650; fax: 212 963 3860). The United Nations will establish a media overflow/working area for media in Conference Room 1 in the first-level basement, which will provide the following technical services:  

  • Video projection showing quad split screen of the four UNTV programme outputs.
  • Audio distribution of UNTV programmes over room sound system (eight channels) for listening.
  • Video and audio distribution for external recording.  

Photo Coverage

The UN/GCO will assign photographers to cover the event. Please note that there will be no access for press photographers during the Forum. Digital photos will be made available for download as soon as the images are acquired and processed. 


Matthias Stausberg
Spokesperson, UN Global Compact


Media registration for the Forum: unlf_media@unglobalcompact.org

[1] The UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change is organized by the UN Global Compact, in collaboration with FAO, IFC, IFAD, ILO, UNICEF, DESA, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, OCHA, UNISDR and WFP.