UN officials also submitted ambitious programs in agriculture, forestry, energy, transportation and finance, to fight the greenhouse gasses that are blamed for contributing to climate change.
All this is geared to a conference in Paris next year, at which specific climate change agreements are to be endorsed.
But recent efforts, such as 2009's meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, have left promises broken and documents unsigned, and raises the question of how much will get done.
"The politics for climate change are so toxic," said Doreen Stabinsky, a professor at the College of the Atlantic and an expert in climate change politics.
"It's hard to step into the international space when many countries, like the U.S., have trouble agreeing at home on what to do," she explained.
Stabinsky said that making a strong commitment to climate change efforts is difficult for many nations because they would have to admit responsibility for climate change, something she said that many countries are loath to do.
There's also being able to agree on what plans should be implemented, said Lynn Wilson, academic chair at Kaplan University and who serves on the climate change delegation for the United Nations.
"We're not talking to the average farmer about what's best for them," she argued. "There's a lot of divisions over climate change and we still have to come to agreement on common goals."