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Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony: initial speakers announced

New York City: The Climate Group has announced that a number of senior figures from the world of business and government will be speaking at the Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony on Monday, 24 September 2018. The announcement comes following Mayor de Blasio publicly welcoming the biggest Climate Week event in the world for its tenth year in NYC.

  • Business speakers confirmed to speak include Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, the CEOs of ENEL, Ricoh and ROCKWOOL Group.
  • Political speakers who can be announced are Governor Brown, State of California; Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and President Moïse, of the Republic of Haiti – other confirmations to be provided at a later date.
  • Mayor de Blasio welcomes Climate Week NYC in its tenth year as the biggest Climate Week in the world.

The first session, ‘Time to Step Up’, will hear from Governor Brown of California, Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and President Moïse, of the Republic of Haiti alongside other national leaders who will be confirmed at a later date. A global call will be delivered to national governments gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly (which takes place the same week) to make their national commitments more ambitious by 2020. Governments and other representatives are expected to back this call, in line with achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft will deliver an exciting keynote to discuss what transformative changes are already under way for business, and where major progress needs to accelerate towards 2030. The Opening Ceremony will also feature keynote addresses from senior business figures including Jake Yamashita, CEO of Ricoh, Jens Birgersson, CEO of ROCKWOOL Group and Francesco Starace, CEO of ENEL. Several CEOs will highlight how their organizations are taking action against climate change and asserting the position they think business should be in by 2020.

Nathaniel Bullard, Global Head of Executive Insights at Bloomberg NEF, will reflect as well as look ahead to trends within climate action. Fleming Voetmann, VP of International Copper Association and Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar will also speak about the future of climate action.

Last week The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, announced his support for Climate Week NYC, commenting:

“We are honoured to again welcome The Climate Group and Climate Week NYC for the 10th year.

“Climate Week NYC is the largest climate week in the world and as one of the key summits in the international calendar—which runs alongside the United Nations General Assembly—has been driving climate action forward since its launch in 2009.”

You can read Mayor de Blasio’s full statement from the NYC Office of the Mayor. 

Daniel Zarrilli, NYC’s Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs and Chief Resilience Officer commented:

“Here in NYC, we are accelerating our GHG reductions, adapting our city, and divesting from fossil fuels as part of our comprehensive OneNYC strategy. Congratulations to the Climate Group for building an effective and successful platform for climate action over the last decade and we look forward to the next 10 years of partnership.”

Celebrating its tenth year, Climate Week NYC will be the biggest Climate Week event in the world, with over 140 events taking place across the five boroughs of NYC. This year there will even stronger attention paid to the announcements and commitments made as the leading event comes just days after the Global Climate Action Summit in California, and runs alongside the United Nations General Assembly, who provide official recognition to Climate Week NYC.

Note: Additional senior figures will be announced at a later date. For updates and announcements journalists can apply for access to our Media Portal. Please email Hannah Prime on hprime@theclimategroup.org stating your name and publication to be provided access to the Media Portal, to attend the opening ceremony, or for further information about climate week.

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group’s mission is to accelerate climate action. Our goal is a world of under 2°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all, without delay. We do this by bringing together powerful networks of business and governments that shift global markets and policies. We act as a catalyst to take innovation and solutions to scale, using the power of communications to build ambition and pace. We focus on the greatest global opportunities for change. We are an international non-profit organization, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York.

Our business campaigns are brought to you as part of the We Mean Business coalition.

Visit TheClimateGroup.org and follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup and Facebook @TheClimateGroup.

Additional notes

  1. Past speakers have included Ban Ki-moon, Tim Cook, John Kerry, Christiana Figueres, Tony Blair, Amina J. Mohammed and Richard Branson.
  2. The event will take place on Monday 24 September 2018 in New York.
  3. Climate Week NYC is run by The Climate Group, an international NGO that brings together businesses and governments to accelerate climate action.
  4. For more information or to attend the Opening Ceremony please contact Hannah Prime on hprime@theclimategroup.org 



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