September 2014: Climate Summit and Global Mobilisation

Friday, September 19, 2014 to Tuesday, September 23, 2014
As hundreds and thousands of people join mobilisations all around the world showing their will for a cleaner, fairer, safer world, UNSG Ban Ki-moon will hold a Climate Summit in New York convening world leaders to discuss the biggest crisis of our era.

What's the Peoples Climate March and the Global Day of Action? 

As Heads of Government prepare to attend a historic summit on climate change, mobilisations will take place all around the world, made up of people who want a world and economy that works for both people and the planet. They want Action Not Words. The mobilisations across the weekend of September 20-21 will be crowned by the People’s Climate March in New York City. Expected to make history, thousands of people are anticpated to walk through the city in support of climate action. Solidarity marches and actions will take place around the world, including in Berlin, Paris, London, Rio and Delhi. You can also create and register your own event.

This mobilisation is not the work of one particular group, but rather the combined effort of many, ranging from faith groups, unions, front-line and impacted communities. There are many organizing structures for the Marches, and communication is occurring through various tables, list serves, and online hubs. This will be a convergence of a large, broad, and diverse movement urging that governments take meaningful action on climate now.


  • Participation in the marches and the global day of action is open to all 
  • You can register your interest, or your own event and receive updates:
  • CAN is also supporting national coalitions of NGOs to conduct their own mobilisations. To find out what's already going on in your city or country, get in touch.

What is the Climate Summit 2014?

The Climate Summit 2014 will be a gathering of world leaders convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on September 23, 2014. While not a formal part of the UN climate negotiations, the Summit can boost momentum for action, especially around a new global agreement on climate change in 2015, because it marks the first time in five years Heads of Government will meet to discuss the biggest crisis facing our era. More than 100 heads of state are expected to attend the Summit, which is an opportunity to build momentum and political energy for climate action and aims to “catalyze ambitious action on the ground.” View a detailed overview of the Summit here.

Participation in the Summit is by invitation only. Target participants are Heads of State, business and civil society leaders.

  • The UN NGLS ran a program to nominate civil society speakers and attendees for the summit. Applications closed on August 15. Find more more here.
  • Visit the participation section of the Climate Summit website to learn more.
  • If you're a CAN member, you can get involved in our coordination efforts around the Summit which cover policy, campaigns and communication. To find out more, get in touch.
  • To get involved in the thematic areas view the appropriate contact points in the Abu Dhabi Ascent guidebook