COP26, the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, will collaborate with Climate Week NYC this year to broaden awareness of the climate crisis and showcase the measures countries, businesses and individuals need to take to step-up climate action.The UK government is hosting COP26 in November and will be represented at Climate Week NYC by Alok Sharma, the COP26 President-Designate. Mr. Sharma will deliver an address at the Opening Day of Climate Week NYC and he is expected to call for further action to tackle climate change.
COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said: “The next decade is vital to secure the future of our planet. We need action now to halve emissions over the next decade if we are to urgently prevent catastrophic climate change.
“I am delighted to be attending Climate Week NYC to urge every nation, every company, every investor, every city and region to move with conviction to turn their commitments to tackle climate change into action and keep the prospect of preventing global temperatures rising above 1.5 degrees alive."
Climate Week NYC, run by the Climate Group, is the time and place where the world gathers to showcase climate action and discuss how to do more. This year, the week is focused on Getting It Done, and is bringing together diverse voices across the climate community to implement climate action now.
Helen Clarkson, CEO, Climate Group, said: “Coming just over a month before the critical COP26, we're going to use Climate Week NYC to urge decision-makers to get climate action right. The last two years have shown us that change can be achieved, but it needs policy makers and leading decision-makers to align on climate with innovation, financial backing, and action. We need to see ambitious NDCs in November and we need to implement urgent action at greater scale, now.
In addition to his keynote address, Mr. Sharma is expected to speak with Ms. Clarkson about what a successful COP26 will entail, particularly regarding inclusion of vulnerable communities and nations from the Global South who have been historically left out of climate discussion.
Together with the British Consulate in New York, COP26 representatives are participating in events throughout Climate Week NYC to further promote awareness and emphasize the urgency of action needed to fight back against the climate catastrophe.
COP26-associated events during Climate Week NYC include:
- U.S. Climate Alliance – Securing Our Future: Meeting the Climate Challenge at COP26 and with Bold Infrastructure Investment
- Alok Sharma Capstone Interview
- Creating trans-Atlantic Collaboration to Address the Built Environment’s Climate Challenge
- Welcome Back to Britain: Travel Sustainably on Your Next Trip to the UK
- UK Export Finance Session: Clean Growth and Renewable Energy
- East Asia Energy Transition: Unlocking a Renewables Boom
- Global Citizen Live Broadcast
- ESG & Green FinTech Virtual Meet-Up
COP26 is a pivotal moment in the fight against climate change. In November, the UK, together with Italy, will host an event many believe to be the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control. Find out more here.
The full list of sponsors and partners who are making Climate Week NYC 2021 possible are: National Grid, Headline Partner; L’Oréal, Opening Ceremony Sponsor; ENGIE Impact, The Hub Live Sponsor, The Climate Pledge, Platinum Sponsor, PwC, Platinum Sponsor; The Estée Lauder Companies, Platinum Sponsor; McKinsey & Company, Knowledge Partner; Oliver Wyman, Research Partner; Unilever, Gold Sponsor; Dell Technologies, Gold Sponsor; Hydro-Québec, Gold Sponsor; Johnson & Johnson, Gold Sponsor; Lenovo, Gold Sponsor; Bank of America, Gold Sponsor; Breakthrough Energy, Gold Sponsor; Siemens, Gold Sponsor; Edison International, Gold Sponsor, Forum for the Future, Gold Sponsor, AB InBev, Gold Sponsor; Procter & Gamble (P&G), Silver Sponsor; Morrison & Foerster, Silver Sponsor; PepsiCo, Silver Sponsor, International Copper Association, Silver Sponsor; Facebook, Silver Sponsor; Sungrow, Supporter Sponsor, Ørsted, Supporter Sponsor; Oatly, Supporter Sponsor; EnergyRE, Reception Sponsor; Mastercard, Community Partner; Barings, Finance Program Partner; Palmetto, Energy Program Partner; Saint-Gobain, Built Environment Program Partner; The Solutions Project Environmental Justice Program Partner; Earth Justice, Policy Program Partner; Conservation International, Nature Program Partner; Con Edison, Transport Program Partner; Junk Kouture, Sustainable Living Program Partner; Race to Zero, Partner; The Nest Summit, Official Event Partner; Ford Motor Company, The Nest Summit Sponsor; atmosfair, Carbon Offsetting Partner; NYC & Company, Tourism Partner; Columbia Climate School, University Partner; Grist, US Media Partner; JCDecaux, Media Partner; Canary Media, Media Partner; NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability, Supporter Partner, COP26, Supporter Partner