In NYC This Week: The Pope, UN World Leaders, and Climate Change

OK, New York. This is it! This is the week!

The Pope, the President and hundreds of world leaders are all coming to our city to talk poverty, inequality, and climate change.

It is very exciting to have all these special visitors and we know, of course, all these activities will cause a lot of traffic problems. So, if you need to get anywhere this week, save yourself the aggravation and take the subway. One blessing, alternate side street parking will be suspended on September 23, 24, 25.

Here is what you need to know about this exciting global awareness week.

Climate Change Week

Over one week, September 21-28, global figures from within businesses, society and government will come together to discuss climate change – influential people leading the low carbon transition. Climate Change Week

The aim of the week is to showcase some of the transformational actions and commitments governments have already made in an effort to protecting our planet. The week is also about highlighting the importance of taking action now so that future generations won’t be compromised. No major march at this event, so no major street closures. You can learn more about some of the interesting events and conversations at

His Holiness, Pope Francis

Pope FrancisDuring Pope Francis’ visit to New York City, September 24-25, there will be a number of street closures and anticipated traffic delays in the area of Central Park West, East Harlem, Financial District, Midtown, Madison Square Garden, and the Upper East Side. Please click here to see Papal visit street closures and traffic restrictions.  Cars can no longer be parked along Central Park West and its side streets from the 60s to the 80s to Columbus Avenue.  The use of public transportation for the duration of the visit is highly encouraged so plan ahead!

Thursday, September 24
5:00 pm Arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport
6:30 pm Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Friday, September 25
8:30 am Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
11:30 am Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
4:00 pm Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem

Pope Francis Central Park Procession
Pope Francis will make a historic procession through Central Park during his first papal visit to the United States. On Friday, Sept. 25, between approximately 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., His Holiness is expected to greet the faithful as he travels in his motorcade along West Drive between 72nd St. and 60th St. This is a ticketed event, which is already full.
6:00 pm Mass at Madison Square Garden

Saturday, September 26
8:40 am Departure John F. Kennedy International Airport

UN General Assembly

Although the general debate of the 70th session will be held from Monday, 28 September to Tuesday, 6 October 2015, activities at the U.N. kick off this week. East Siders are going to get the brunt of the traffic issues for this event. Click here to read the UN Assembly street closures.

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters
On Thursday September 24th, U.N. Goodwill Ambassador  David Beckham, will join Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake to ask world leaders to put children, especially the most disadvantaged, at the center of all decisions and investments made over the next 15 years as part of the new Sustainable Development Goals Agenda.

On Friday September 25th Pope Francis will address the United Nations General Assembly. The Sustainable Development Summit kicks off this day, with world leaders pledging to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change.  President Obama will address the Summit on the 27th.

UN GA logoThe UN General Assembly, the annual gathering of world leaders, starts on Monday September 28th and includes Cuban President Raul Castro; the first time the Cuban leader will visit the United States as the island nation’s head of state. He will speak on the afternoon. U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Russia and China and Iran’s president are also due to speak on the same day.

You can watch the speeches and press conferences delivered from the UN Headquarters during the general debate online at



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