Janos Pasztor plans for action

The UN Foundation welcomed Janos Pasztor, United Nations Assistant Secretary General on Climate Change at a reception at Waterfall Mansion, NYC. The UN Foundation is helping the United Nations tackle some of the world’s most important issues — from climate change to global health to empowering girls and women.

Event at Waterfall Mansion

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(L-R) Selwin Hart, Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, United Nations; Amina Mohammed, Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations; Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative to the UN, Hungary; Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative to the UN, Peru; Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change, United Nations; Mark Lyall Grant Permanent Representative to the UN, United Kingdom; Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation; Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative to the UN, Denmark.

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An art exhibition on the theme of sustainability and the running waterfall at the historic Waterfall Mansion were the appropriate setting for Janos Pasztor, newly-appointed UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change to present his thoughts, vision and plans for action on climate change and development during this critical year. He was welcomed by the UN Foundation and the UN Permanent Missions of the United Kingdom, Denmark and Peru at a reception at Waterfall Mansion in NYC on April 9th.

In 2015, world leaders are working with the UN toward two outcomes that will shape the future for generations to come: the creation of the next set of global goals to follow the Millennium Development Goals in September in New York, and the culmination of critical climate change negotiations in December in Paris. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has shown extraordinary leadership on climate change, including by successfully convening a UN Climate Summit last September to focus attention on the issues and encourage immediate action.

On the development agenda, the Open Working Group proposed a set of Sustainable Development Goals – including goals and targets on sustainable energy and tackling climate change. Bridging climate and development, the Secretary-General set up the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which he leads with World Bank President Jun Kim and aims to achieve three global 2030 objectives: universal energy access, a doubling o the rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and a doubling of the share of renewable a energy in the global energy mix. This powerful shared vision can help link climate change and development goals and attract broad international support for both.

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The Waterfall Mansion is a 120-year old carriage house, redesigned to reflect a 21st century lifestyle, reinterprets its artistic heritage in a unique narrative. Read more about Waterfall Mansion, its history and art gallery, and developer / owner Kate Shin.

Supporters and collaborators of Streaming Museum were among the invited guests for UN Foundation event. The museum is affiliated with the Waterfall Gallery for the presentation of special arts programming. For more information contact nina@streamingmuseum.org