Xiuhtezcatl, Indigenous Climate Activist at the High-level event on Climate Change

Author: General Assembly of the United Nations
Via The United Nations Live & On-demand | June 19, 2015


Remarks by Xiuhtezcatl, indigenous climate activist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians at the opening segment of the High-level event of the United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change (29 June 2015).

New York


2015 will be a critical year for the climate change negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The international community is expected to deliver a new, ambitious and universally binding agreement in Paris.

The President of the General Assembly convened a High-Level Event on climate change on 29 June 2015, which intended to provide impetus and political momentum for an ambitious climate agreement, by keeping the issue high on the agenda at the mid-point between COP20 in Lima and COP21 in Paris. It aimed also to provide space for showcasing climate action and concrete initiatives, through multi-stakeholder approaches to address climate change.

2015 will also be a decisive year in shaping the post 2015 development agenda and agreeing on a framework for financing for development. The road from Addis Ababa to New York and finally Paris will be central to the global efforts to improve lives, achieve sustainable development and preserve the planet for the present and future generations.



The High-level event consisted of:

A high-level opening session,
Two high-level interactive Panel discussions, and
A closing session.


Member States were invited to participate at the highest level. Representatives of the UN Agencies, the UNFCCC Secretariat as well as the private sector, civil society, academia and other relevant stakeholders were also encouraged to attend at the highest level possible.


The outcome is a President’s Summary, circulated to all Member States and other stakeholders.

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