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Tuesday September 11 Opening Ceremony

Four More World Leaders Announced to Speak at 10TH Climate Week NYC

The Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern MP, Prime Minister of New Zealand; President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Costa Rica; President Hilda Heine, Marshall Islands; and President Martín Vizcarra, Peru have all been announced to speak in the first session of the Opening Ceremony on September 24. They will be joining President Jovenel Moïse, Republic of Haiti, who was announced earlier this year.

Each of these leaders is passionate about climate action. 

Prime Minister Ardern has pledged for New Zealand to reach zero net emissions by 2050; President Alvarado Quesada has committed Costa Rica to be the first fully decarbonized country in the world; President Heine, as well as pledging the Marshall Islands to reach zero net emissions by 2050 is also the convenor of the High Ambition Coalition and President of the Climate Vulnerable Forum; President Moïse is a regional leader in electrification and President Martín Vizcarra this year signed South America’s first specific framework law on climate change.

The Climate Group’s CEO, Helen Clarkson, said: “To have so many government leaders who are also world leaders on tackling greenhouse gases together, at one time and in one place is incredible. They demonstrate what it means to ‘step-up’ on climate action and are an inspiration to the rest of the world. This is what Climate Week NYC is all about and a fitting moment for its 10th year.”

This unique gathering of leaders comes at a critical time for global climate action.

These national leaders will be joining Governor Jerry Brown, State of California and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, both of whom were present at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco just ten days prior, for the first session of the Opening Ceremony.

Climate Week NYC is the time and place where the world gathers to showcase climate action and discusses how to do more. It is run by The Climate Group, in coordination with the UN and the City of New York. It involves over 100 events taking place across the five boroughs of NYC.

It will also feature addresses from senior business figures including Jake YamashitaCEO of RicohJens BirgerssonCEO of ROCKWOOL Group and Francesco StaraceCEO of ENEL. Additionally, Helen Clarkson and Joan MacNaughton, CEO and Chair of The Climate Group respectively. Joining them will be Stephen Badger, Chairman of Mars Inc., Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, Nathaniel Bullard, Global Head of Executive Insights at Bloomberg NEF, Fleming Voetmann, VP of the International Copper Association and Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, will all be taking the stage during the Opening Ceremony.

There will be over 80 speakers, ranging from national leaders to CEOs, policy experts to sustainability campaigners at events organized by The Climate Group alone, during Climate Week NYC.

The Opening Ceremony will be live-streamed on The Climate Group’s Facebook page. 

For more information on the Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony, please get in touch with Adam Lake at alake@theclimategroup.org

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