September 19, 2022, 9:00 AM – 02:00 PM ET
The Opening Ceremony launches Climate Week NYC each year. This is a chance for heads of state, government officials, CEOs and civil society leaders, to share their global outlook on climate change and action.
This year, we’re back in person in New York, and we’re putting climate in context of today’s world. We’ll explore the connected challenges of global security and climate. We’ll ask what’s stopping us from getting it done and how we create a more equitable economy.
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET
Climate, energy, food and global security are more connected than ever. Events this year have exposed the fragility of our systems and the risks posed by our short-term decision-making when faced with competing and connected global challenges. How we tackle these challenges together is one of the biggest questions of our time.
This opening session will ask leaders:
- What bold choices are needed now to keep the promise of peace, prosperity and the Paris Agreement?
- How do we harness the moment to drive climate action?
- How do we stop global security and energy concerns being used against the net zero transition?
- How do we address the interlinked risks of conflict, energy and food security?
- What shared solutions are available today?
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM ET
We have the tech, tools and cash. So why is the gap between what people say and what they do getting wider? How is progress on halving emissions being slowed down? What, and who, is stopping us from ‘Getting It Done’? Commitments won’t deliver themselves. We must follow through on promises and we need to show the world how.
This session will examine:
- How do we ensure climate commitments are delivered?
- What ‘gaps’ are widening and how do we stop them?
- Why hasn’t fossil fuel investment stopped?
- What are the barriers blocking breakthroughs?
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM ET
We need to put people at the heart of our climate transition. We need real, serious plans and action. Political policies must promote prosperity for all people. Business strategies must support all of society. The rewards of investing in people, equity and justice are clear.
This session will focus on:
- How do we maximize the benefits of climate investments and ensure programs are designed to deliver funding and associated projects in an equitable way that advances racial, economic, and environmental justice?
- How do we prioritise projects that create well paying ‘climate jobs’, but also creating a ‘climate workforce’ for the wider clean economy?
- Justice, equity, and an inclusive economy won’t be delivered by one bill or by a few projects. It can’t just be the priority of one state? So, what needs to happen next? How do we continually invest and improve environmental and social justice in the climate movement?
- How can we scale and speed-up investments in clean infrastructure, resilient food systems and smart technologies in emerging markets?
- How can we rethink ‘finance’ to invest in a fairer, greener, cleaner global economy?
- How can political and business strategies shift from debate to delivery?