As the world tuned in to watch the Live Earth concerts taking place across the globe, many also took a moment to learn about what the UN is doing to halt climate change, an issue which the Secretary-General recently called the "defining issue of our era".
The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has marshaled the world's attention and spurred international cooperation on this issue. The Panel's four assessment reports have aimed to use scientific, technical and socio-economic information in order to understand the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
Earlier this year, the Secretary-General appointed three climate change envoys who have pledged to use their experience from previous posts and their contacts with national leaders and other senior figures to galvanize more concerted environmental action.
More details about how the broader UN system is working on this issue are available on the Issues on the UN Agenda web page devoted to climate change.
About the Live Earth Concerts
Live Earth was a 24-hour, seven-continent concert series that took place on 7 July and brought together more than 100 music artists and two billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.
Live Earth organizers, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in his capacity as Chair of the Alliance and Partner of Live Earth, hoped to reach this worldwide audience through an unprecedented global media architecture covering all media platforms - TV, radio, Internet and wireless channels.
Live Earth marked the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by the Alliance for Climate Protection, The Climate Group and other international organizations to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve global warming.
Live Earth staged official concerts at Giants Stadium in New York; Wembley Stadium in London; Aussie Stadium in Sydney; Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg; Makuhari Messe in Tokyo; the Steps of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai; and HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg. Images from UNEP's Atlas of Our Changing Environment were also projected on stage.
With support from the U.S. Green Building Council, creators of the LEED Green Building Rating System, Live Earth implemented new Green Event Guidelines. All Live Earth venues were designed and constructed by a team of sustainability engineers who addressed the environmental and energy management challenges of each concert site, as well as the operations of sponsors, partners and other Live Earth affiliates. Each venue was not only designed to maintain a minimum environmental impact, but also showcased the latest state-of-the-art energy efficiency, on-site power generation, and sustainable facilities management practices.