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28 March 2019
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Climate Change was the most commonly referenced topic during the general debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2018. Of the 146 Member States that raised it, many cited climate change as the defining challenge of this era. This reflects the nature of climate change as a cross-cutting and immediate threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and to the survival and well-being of island nations and coastal communities. Climate Change is, moreover, increasingly a direct burden on Member States, yet can be an opportunity for systemic change to ensure resilient, productive, and healthy environment for present and future generations.
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As per UNGA Resolution A/RES/72/219 (, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-Level Meeting on the issue of the protection of the global climate for present and future generations of humankind in the context of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This High-Level Meeting will take an intergenerational approach in highlighting synergies between climate and broader sustainable development goals. It will also focus on identifying specific actions, commitments, and means of implementation that can make a material difference to climate change mitigation and adaptation, or signal an emerging precedent for action. The High-Level Meeting will serve as a preparation for the review of SDG13: Climate Action at the High-Level Political Forum in July 2019, as well as the HLPF Summit and the United Nations Climate Summit in September 2019.