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UPDATE: New Speakers Announced for Climate Week NYC

**More national leaders and business chiefs announced for Opening Ceremony and The Hub**

  • Political speakers include Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark; Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government of Spain; Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica; Governor Newsom of California and Ernest Moniz, Former US Secretary of Energy
  • Business speakers include Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever; Charlene Lake, Senior Vice President of AT&T; Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE Group and Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability of Estée Lauder Companies
  • More speakers to be announced in due course


September 12, 2019 - A stellar line-up of national leaders and business executives is being announced for two key events at Climate Week NYC. Further details of the Opening Ceremony and The Hub can be found below.

Run by international non-profit The Climate Group, Climate Week NYC is the biggest Climate Week event in the world. Each year the event is run in coordination with the United Nations (UN) and City of New York, and this year it will run in parallel with the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit.

Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government of Spain and newly confirmed Opening Ceremony keynote speaker has said today:

“We are facing a climate emergency. 2019 is set to be the hottest year ever and the consequences are dramatic for our planet and our societies. But science has set the roadmap to keep global temperatures within the 1.5°C limit. It is on our hands to respond. Leaders must scale up existing efforts to respond to this challenge. “We are on the side of nature and people and we cannot fail them. Spain is leading by example, increasing drastically the ambition of our national commitments and policies to get on track for net zero emissions by 2050, without leaving anyone behind.”

Alongside him, Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever will also be speaking at the Opening Ceremony. On this year’s Climate Week NYC, he said:

“From fires in the Amazon to droughts in Chennai, the urgent need to accelerate climate action is clear. Only the highest levels of ambition can prevent the most serious consequences. We need governments and businesses to join forces to limit warming to below 1.5°C. Climate Week NYC is a significant moment to raise our collective ambition and redouble our commitment to action.”

Opening Ceremony, Monday September 23, 08:30am-12:00pm

The Opening Ceremony, supported by lead Knowledge Partner McKinsey & Company, will officially kick off this year’s Climate Week NYC, providing a prestigious global platform for international leaders from government and business to make major climate announcements, with a sharp focus on the next decade.

Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark will be joining Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government of Spain and President Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica to present their government leadership plans on climate action in the 2020s. Governor Newsom of California will also be part of this first session on what governments must do, providing a state government perspective.

Alongside these political leaders, senior business figures will also be making significant climate pledges and announcing new plans, as well as speaking about what the global business community must do today and how they are facing up to tomorrow’s toughest issues.

Speakers will include Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever; Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of OECD; Charlene Lake, Senior Vice President of AT&T; Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify; Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE Group; K. K. Mahestwari, Managing Director of UltraTech Cement, Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability of Estée Lauder Companies and Steven Kukoda, Vice President and Executive Director of the International Copper Association.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, will deliver the morning’s opening remarks. Commenting ahead of the event, she said:

“As we enter into the critical decade for climate action, we will be highlighting the gap between what is being done and what we urgently need to do to keep global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5°C. The scale and pace of government and business action needs to be far greater and much faster than it currently stands, from investing in low carbon solutions to advancing technological efficiencies.”

The Hub, Tuesday September 24 – Wednesday September 25

The Climate Week NYC Hub will once again provide the main forum and networking space for forward thinking businesses, states, cities and other ambitious climate actors to come together to debate policy, to inspire new solutions and facilitate partnerships that can extend action beyond Climate Week NYC.

The two-day event, in association with Headline Partners, Bank of America and ENGIE Impact, will include a variety of workshops, thought-leadership roundtables and discussions. High-profile leaders involved in these sessions include Andy Wales, Chief Digital Impact and Sustainability Officer at BT Group; Ernest Moniz, Former US Secretary of Energy; Gayle Schueller CSO at 3M; Jesper Brodin, CEO at Ingka Group (formerly IKEA Group); and Rudy Wynter, COO of National Grid US.

With 20 different sessions taking place over the two days, key ones to note are:

  • The Climate Decade: Will businesses, states and cities be the climate heroes we need for 2020s? (Tues Sept 24, 10:00am-12:30pm), will examine what needs to be achieved by 2030 for the world to avoid disastrous climate change and the role that powerful actors who are not national governments can play in delivering the necessary leadership for action.
  • Facilitating Investment towards a 1.5˚C Future (Tues Sept 24, 2:30pm-5:30pm), will look at the significance of investments made by companies to deliver a low carbon future.
  • Building Futures (Weds Sept 25, 10:30am-12:30pm), will highlight the importance of transforming the infrastructure of our built environment. With buildings generating almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), shifting to net-zero carbon buildings is vital.
  • STEP UP: The business case for greater ambition (Weds Sept 25, 2:00pm-5:00pm), will showcase the transformative commitments leading companies have on clean energy and transport, bringing us closer to a climate safe world. Climate Week continues to grow as the time and place for the world to showcase amazing climate action and discuss how to do more.

Helen Clarkson adds:

“This year’s event comes as national governments prepare to announce increased commitments, to deliver on the Paris Agreement. As the biggest Climate Week event in the world, we want to use this moment to drive international momentum and put pressure on powerful actors to ramp up their action now.”

Over 300 events will be taking place across the city during the course of the week, ranging from conferences and workshops to concerts and exhibitions, drawing attention to topics on the global climate agenda. To find out more about Climate Week NYC 2019, visit www.climateweeknyc.org, or follow #ClimateWeekNYC to receive regular announcements and updates.

Additional senior figures in the speaker lineup will continue to be announced in due course.

For media interviews or to request media access to The Opening Ceremony or The Hub, email: Katie Rogers krogers@theclimategroup.org or media@theclimategroup.org

Climate Week NYC 2019 Sponsorship

Climate Week NYC 2019 is being supported by Salesforce, as its Headline Partner; McKinsey & Company, as The Opening Ceremony Knowledge Partner; Bank of America, as The Hub Opening Day Presenting Partner; ENGIE Impact as The Hub Closing Day Presenting Partner; Platinum Sponsors Unilever, AT&T, the International Copper Association and Estée Lauder Companies; Gold Sponsors Johnson & Johnson, Ørsted, Exelon, PwC, and WeWork; Silver Sponsors 3M, Ingka Group, National Grid, TCI CoLtd, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Trane, ReNew Power and Morrison & Foerster; Supporting Sponsors Atlassian and Natixis Investment Managers; Supporting Partners ClimateWorks Foundation, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, We Mean Business, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, NYC & Company, The Electric Mobility Initiative and the Dutch Postcode Lottery; Global Citizen, as its Youth & Climate Activism Partner; 3Degrees, as its Carbon Offsetting Partner; Raw LDN, as its Creative Partner; The New Republic as its Media Sponsor and Alchemy Mill, as its Campaign Partner. 

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