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Pathway to Paris at Carnegie Hall

Pathway to Paris: Concert to Fight Climate Change

Pathway to Paris, a climate change initiative focused on turning the Paris Agreement into reality, will partner with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and for a concert on climate action, to be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 5, 2017.

Pathway to Paris promises to be a night of incredible musical performances and rousing speeches aimed at advancing the important work of fighting climate change while offering innovative solutions.

Set to take place on the eve of COP 23 - the United Nations conference on climate change that kicks off in Bonn, Germany - the evening will feature internationally recognized musicians and speakers, including Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Tanya Tagaq, Flea, Talib Kweli, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Tenzin Choegyal, and Pathway to Paris founders Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith, and more. 

Tickets for the concert are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website:

Pathway to Paris will also be celebrating the launch of its latest project. The bold new initiative, to be unveiled next month, will encourage the world to go above and beyond the targets of the Paris Agreement.

“This is our moment to move towards a renewable, resilient future as we are running out of time,” Rebecca Foon said. “We can achieve this by working together to create resilient cities that are no longer dependent on fossil fuels and create a world we want to live in.”

“We believe in the power of music and its ability to heal and unify citizens in a time of crisis. We must make this fight our biggest most ambitious collaboration of all time. The world must work as a team, and the cities of our planet must join together to lead the way,” added Jesse Paris Smith.

Since its inception, Pathway to Paris has partnered with UNDP and, leaders in environmental action. This alliance has created an unstoppable force in the effort to slow climate change by contributing to a multitude of initiatives globally; from benefit farmers in the Sahel, to preparing for rising sea-levels and expanding the use of renewable energy.

 “Like the Paris Agreement itself, this concert and this partnership – bringing together artists, innovators, and policymakers– is a message to the world that sustainable development and shared prosperity go hand-in-hand with protecting our planet,” notes Achim Steiner, Administrator of UNDP. “Each of us, each of our communities, our cities, and our companies has a role to play in achieving this shared objective. We’re very excited to partner with Pathway and to help make this a success.”


Founded by Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon in 2014 after the People’s Climate March in New York City, Pathway to Paris is an initiative that, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program and, brings together musicians, artists, activists, climate change experts, academics, politicians, and innovators, to participate in a series of events and dialogues to help turn the Paris Agreement into action through innovative solutions. To learn more, visit


The UN Development Programme works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. A leader in climate action, UNDP maintains a portfolio of nearly $3 billion climate initiatives, ranging from renewable energy to community level climate adaptation to the protection of forests.


Patti Smith
Joan Baez
Bill McKibben
Vandana Shiva
Michael Stipe
Talib Kweli
Cat Power
Tenzin Choegyal
Tanya Tagaq
Rebecca Foon
Jesse Paris Smith

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