UNFCCC Seeks Sports, Individuals’ Contribution to Climate Action

UNFCCC Seeks Sports, Individuals’ Contribution to Climate Action

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) would on Thursday launch the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ in which sports and individuals’ contributions to climate action would be very crucial.

The Climate Neutral Now first anniversary event will be held at the United Nations headquarters, New York City, United States, on 8th September 2016. All sportsmen and women across the world should be conscious of an important role in contributing to neutralising climate change and its related menace.

Participants, who are invited to attend this event at the UN headquarters, would hear from FIFA’s Secretary General Ms. Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, and Mr David Nabarro, Special Adviser on Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, representing the Secretary General of the United Nations and the UNFCCC secretariat, on the role sports play in international climate action.

At the event, there would be highlight of the role of sports organisations in contributing to achieving a climate-neutral society before the end of the century, and the actions that these organisations are taking to reach that goal. On this occasion, FIFA will be welcomed by the UNFCCC as the first sports organisation to sign the Climate Neutral Now pledge.

FIFA’s Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, and David Nabarro, Special Adviser on Agenda 2030 for the UN Secretary General, would attend the event, along with the Director of Strategy of the UNFCCC Secretariat, Halldór Thorgeirsson, and FIFA’s Head of Sustainability and Diversity, Federico Addiechi. The event will feature a panel discussion and a video message from Climate Neutral Now champion, actor Edward Norton, followed by a question and answer session.

In addition, an international climate pledge for citizens will be announced, to encourage citizens around the world to make a personal contribution to climate action. Individuals will be able to pledge to reduce their climate footprint by half in ten years, and to consider offsetting their unavoidable emissions.

Climate Neutral Now was first launched during Climate Week on 22nd September 2015 to promote and recognise climate action taken by non-state actors. It showcases giant companies who have committed to climate neutrality and to help raise awareness of the need and opportunity for organisations and individuals to protect, cherish and limit their impact on the environment.

by Bekai Njie