Monday, U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer sounded an awful lot like he was making a major announcement about a newly planned international summit on climate change. As the Financial Times reported, the U.N.’s top climate official said a meeting was necessary to lay groundwork before the international climate conference in Copenhagen this December. De Boer’s remarks indicated that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon felt the same way and was looking to call a summit in February or March.

But the secretary-general’s office was mum on the matter when contacted by Grist yesterday. Today, de Boer’s office confirmed that nothing is planned as of yet.

“The Secretary General is planning to organize a High Level Event with Heads of State and Government for all Members States in the margins of the General Assembly in September,” John Hay, a spokesperson for de Boer, wrote in an e-mail. “He is also exploring other avenues to galvanize Heads of State and Government and support high level political engagement throughout the next 11 months. No specifics, however, are confirmed at this time.”

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The possibility of 30 to 40 heads of state meeting as early as February or March was a “personal hope” on de Boer’s part, not a concrete plan, Hay said. One of the newest heads of state, President Barack Obama, is likely to have a big say in the timing.

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“Obviously, this is designed to get the U.S. back in play,” said John Anthony, communications director for climate and energy for the United Nations Foundation. “[But] just look at what’s happening domestically. It’s a real crowded calendar on many fronts.”

Reuters has more on what de Boer wants to accomplish before Copenhagen.

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