This is a blog post by Lotte Geunis of the United Nations Development Programme.
"UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to to galvanize and catalyze climate action. He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015."
Despite the Secretary-General's praiseworthy optimism, most of us are not expecting too many bold statements at today's Climate Summit - or in any case, not on the part of world leaders. While it is hoped that some small steps can be taken, much work remains to be done to secure a strong agreement at next year's COP in Paris. On the one hand, there is a growing acceptance of the pressing need for climate action, and 'green' technologies such as renewable energy and energy efficiency are increasingly adopted to secure sustainable energy supplies. On the other, however, the use of coal is on the up once again, and the European Commission's decision to merge the Energy and Climate Change portfolios signals a growing reluctance on the part of Europe to take the lead at this critical stage.
Paris would benefit from having more MPs at the table – let’s hope they can find some more chairs.