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26 May 2020, 17:45 HRS IST
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  • UN climate summit aims to speed up transition to cleaner, greener future

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19:26 HRS IST

United Nations, Sep 18 (PTI) New measures to speed up the transition to clean energy and green economies are among the initiatives to be unveiled during the UN Climate Change Summit next week

Heads of State, representatives from the private sector, and the teenage activist Greta Thunberg are expected in New York to tackle what the UN considers the defining issue of our time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to address the summit.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed outlined some of the expectations during a press conference here on Tuesday

"The Summit will present practical and new measures to, one: speed up the transition from coal to clean energy and to cut the pollution that is harming our health,? she said, and further, ?protect nature but also unlock the potential of nature to deliver on climate solutions"

She said the summit would "create cleaner, greener ways to work and move; speed up transition in key sectors from grey to green economies, safeguard people from the impacts of climate change already being felt right now, and help make sure that we leave no one behind."

The Climate Summit opens on Monday and is among five major UN events looking at issues such as health and supporting small island developing states

It will be preceded by a Youth Climate Summit on Saturday, where participants from across the globe will showcase their solutions on how to combat the crisis

UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit Luis Alfonso de Alba said 100 young people will be travelling on carbon neutral, or ?green?, tickets

"We provided support to 100 youth from different countries and they will be joined by a much bigger number: our expectation is more than 700 on the Saturday, and we will try to accommodate as many as possible in the General Assembly hall on Monday,? he said.

Young climate activist from India Vishnu P R is among 100 outstanding climate champions selected from around the world for a special 'Green Ticket' that will help them travel to the UN headquarters next week to participate in the first-ever Youth Climate Summit, a platform for young climate leaders to showcase their solutions for climate change on a global stage.

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