Pathway to Paris is an initiative in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and 350.org that brings together musicians, artists, activists, climate change experts, academics, politicians and innovators to participate in a series of events, dialogues and leading initiatives to help turn the Paris Agreement into reality.



Pathway to Paris was founded by Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon in September 2014 with an intimate evening of music and discourse at Le Poisson Rouge immediately following the People’s Climate March in New York City.

A series of similar events unfolded in North America over the ensuing years. The events were initially intended to build awareness of establishing a global agreement, leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference (Cop21) that took place in December 2015, and culminated with two major concerts on December 4 and 5 in Paris at Le Trianon, the first weekend of the conference.

On November 5th, 2017, the day before COP23 began in Bonn, Germany, Pathway to Paris held a concert event in collaboration with the UNDP and 350.org in New York City at Carnegie Hall. Internationally renown musicians and leading thinkers took the stage to highlight the importance of making Paris real. Pathway to Paris also announced 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom, inviting all cities of the world to transition to 100% renewables and zero emissions by 2040.

The 1000 CITIES Initiative for Carbon Freedom is based on the idea that if 1000 cities around the world develop and implement ambitious climate action plans, we will achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement and beyond.

1000 Cities is supporting cities in developing the most ambitious climate action plans to serve as best practices for other cities to follow. Annual progress towards 1000 cities will be celebrated at the Pathway to Paris’ annual 1000 Cities concert.

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