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A Climate Week NYC overview

Climate Week NYC is the largest annual climate event of its kind, bringing together over 500 events and activities across the City of New York – in person, hybrid and online. Each year, business leaders, political change makers, local decision takers and civil society representatives of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world, gather to drive the transition, speed up progress, and champion change that is already happening.

Climate Week NYC is hosted by Climate Group, an international non-profit whose purpose is to drive climate action, fast. Climate Group hosts the official program during the week that brings together the most senior international figures from business, government, civil society and the climate sector.

This year, Climate Week NYC was held from September 17-24, 2023. The event takes place every year in partnership with the United Nations General Assembly and is run in coordination with the United Nations and the City of New York.

Helen Clarkson Opening Ceremony 2023
Helen Clarkson addresses the Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony in 2023

Main events taking place

This year Climate Week NYC presented a full program of some 585 events and activities in New York City. For those unable to attend in-person, we've streamed key sessions from the week available through our on demand page. Wholly digital events were also included in Climate Week NYC’s Events program.  

The Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony was the most high-profile moment of the week. Taking place on Sunday, September 17, the event featured major announcements, discussions, and interviews with international leadership from business, government, and the climate community. Recent speakers included Prince Charles, Tim Cook, Jacinda Adern, the Hon. Chris Bowen, Kristalina Georgieva, Kathy Hochul, and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

This year the Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony tackled three key questions:  

  • Climate action is not moving fast enough across the globe and those in positions of power have a responsibility to act without delay. Where must investment be channelled, and what vested interests need to be held accountable?    
  • We have made huge strides evidenced by the billions committed by the US, China and the EU boost green technology and energy security. We know we have the solutions to the climate crisis. But how do we ensure they are implemented?    
  • Where have we picked up our biggest wins so far and how can we use the collective will of the climate community to remain inspired, stay the course and continue to drive climate action, fast? 

On Monday and Tuesday, September 18 and 19, 2023, Climate Group hosted The Hub Live. Bringing together more than 1,000 of the most influential leaders from business, government, and the climate sector, The Hub Live hosted a series of sessions addressing key themes.

Sophia Kianni, Jerome Foster II, Jane Fonda
Sophia Kianni, Jerome Foster II, and Jane Fonda at The Hub Live

The theme was We Can. We Will

The theme reflected determination, focus, but also a hopeful promise, and a call to action to do it together. It touched upon the action we need to take now, but also the need to look ahead and explore new opportunities.

We've seen some promising wins when it comes to renewables and financing, but we can’t rest on our laurels. We're entering a new phase where we need to look at what comes next: tripling clean investments, finding new solutions, taking concrete action, exploring new opportunities and solutions, and breaking down barriers together.

This year’s Climate Week NYC was even bigger than 2022, which was the most impactful, ambitious, and far-reaching one to date. Business leaders, political change makers, local decision takers and civil society representatives used the week as a rallying call for the meaningful contributions still needed to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and to be on a path to net-zero by 2050.

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Climate Week NYC 2023 held over 500 events across ten different themes.

How to get involved

Details on how to attend Climate Week NYC 2024 or register to host an event will launch in April 2024. 

Get in touch for more details regarding sponsorship enquiries. If you are a climate leader, you can register your interest to speak at Climate Week NYC 2024 here. Please direct media enquiries to [email protected].