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Major high-level speakers announced for Climate Week NYC 2022

29th June 2022 Climate Group 5 min read

29 June 2022, London – With just three months to go until Climate Week NYC (September 19-25) returns to the stage in the Big Apple, the first set of high-level speakers from across the public and private sectors have been announced today and include:

  • Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Kate Brandt, Chief Sustainability Officer at Google
  • Mark Campanale, Founder and CEO of the Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • Nigel Topping, COP26 High Level Champion, Race to Zero and UNFCCC
  • Paula Glover, President of the Alliance to Save Energy
  • Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank
  • Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, COP27 Envoy and Ministerial Coordinator, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Run by international non-profit Climate Group, in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC annually brings together influential leaders in climate action from across business, government and the climate community to showcase global climate action. Every year there’s a packed program of over 500 events, with options to attend both in person and online. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, will be speaking at the Opening Ceremony, while all other big-ticket names mentioned above will be taking part in The Hub Live flagship sessions. Further speakers will be confirmed in the coming months.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of Climate Group, said: "In a world of competing complex crises, maintaining the momentum on climate action remains one of the biggest challenges ahead of us. The science is clear that time is running out and while resources and attention are scarce, the risks around back-sliding are too great. At Climate Week NYC, we’re calling on leaders from business, government, and civil society to join us to keep pushing the agenda on climate action. This year, we’re focused on what you’re achieving, what barriers you’re facing, and how we can work together to drive action forward. It’s about rolling up our sleeves and ‘Getting It Done’.”

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony (September 19) kicks off Climate Week NYC each year, with significant announcements and key climate moments setting the tone and pace of the week. This year, it’s back in person in New York, and will put climate in the context of today’s world by exploring the connected challenges of global security and climate. We’ll ask heads of state, government officials and CEOs what’s stopping us from ‘Getting It Done’ and how we create a more equitable economy.

The Hub Live

The Hub Live (September 20-21), hosted by Climate Group, will bring together over 1,000 international decision-makers and leaders from business, policy and civil society to drive climate action, fast. Taking place in person over two days, The Hub Live features four key flagship events, a networking reception and 13 sessions which deep dive on central topics like the importance of accountability and bold leadership, reducing supply chain emissions, building retrofits and a climate-smart food system.

Official events program

The official events program is the primary way for communities and individuals to engage with the week. Boasting over 500 events from across 50 countries, the program includes a range of policy debates, workshops, concerts and exhibitions. Registration for the official Climate Week NYC events program is now open across our ten event themes; Built Environment, Energy, Environmental Justice, Transport, Finance, Sustainable Living, Nature, Policy, Industry and Food. 

Mark Campanale, Founder and CEO, Carbon Tracker Initiative, said: “Climate Week NYC is a chance to build on the outcome of COP26 and ramp up ambition ahead of COP27. I’m looking forward to joining fellow panellists to discuss the need for greater accountability measures that thoroughly scrutinise the climate strategies and actions of high emitting companies and those that finance them. Objective assessment is an increasingly important feature of the climate conversation.”

Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said: “Let us use this Climate Week NYC as a timely opportunity to strengthen our collaboration and partnerships in the lead up to COP27 in Egypt, COP28 in UAE and beyond. We need to deploy innovative solutions fast and at scale to tackle the climate crisis and build resilience to shocks and crises. We need to make Agri-food systems an important part of the solution.”

Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, The Estée Lauder Companies, Headline Partner for this year’s event said: “The Estée Lauder Companies is honored to return to Climate Week NYC as this year's Headline Partner. As a global business deeply committed to championing climate solutions, this convening is crucial in forging meaningful conversations and driving the urgency and scale of action needed during this critical decade. We look forward to these important discussions and most importantly, to the resulting action that will advance progress towards a low-carbon future."

Hicham Abdessamad, Chairman & CEO, Hitachi America, Ltd., The Hub Live Partner for Climate Week NYC 2022 said: “Hitachi is honored to support Climate Week NYC and its mission of ‘Getting It Done,’ which aligns well with our own mission focused on Green, Digital, and Innovation. We believe active collaboration and technological innovation at the intersection of these areas will help drive growth, improve quality of life, and foster a sustainable society.”

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Climate Week NYC 2022 Sponsors and Partners 

The Estée Lauder Companies, Headline Partner; McKinsey Sustainability, Opening Ceremony Partner; Hitachi, The Hub Live Partner; AB InBev, Platinum Sponsor; Oliver Wyman, Research Partner; Nexans, RE100 Leadership Awards Sponsor. See all Sponsors & Partners of Climate Week NYC 2022 here.