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Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC

September 24 2018

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ABOUT THE OPENING CEREMONY

Join global leaders at the Opening Ceremony of the 10th Climate Week NYC, as we shine a spotlight on businesses and governments from around the world as they deliver - at a greater scale than ever before - the Paris Agreement on climate.

Key US and international actors, will come together behind a message of ‘stepping-up’ – collectively taking climate leadership to the next level and encouraging their peers of business, cities, states and regions to do the same.

As we bring the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit in California to the UN General Assembly, we will challenge nation states to step-up their climate commitments bringing ambition and policy closer to a world of under two degrees of warming and greater prosperity for all.

Climate Week NYC is brought to you by The Climate Group.

HIGHLIGHTS TO COME

We are pleased to announce the following leaders will open Climate Week NYC 2018.  More speakers coming soon.

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RT HON JACINDA ARDERN

Prime Minister of New Zealand
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CARLOS ALVARADO QUESADA

President of Costa Rica
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MARTÍN VIZCARRA

President of Peru
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EDMUND G BROWN

Governor of California
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PATRICIA ESPINOSA

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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JOVENEL MOÏSE

President of the Republic of Haiti
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JENS BIRGERSSON

CEO of ROCKWOOL Group
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FLEMING VOETMANN

Vice President of ICA
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JAKE YAMASHITA

CEO of Ricoh
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FRANCESCO STARACE

CEO of Enel

The Opening Ceremony attracts CEOs, government ministers, investors, governors and mayors from across the world. They are shaping markets and setting policy to make climate action a reality.

Agenda

  • 24/09/2018
    08:00 - 08:30

    Registration and coffee

    Doors open at 8.00AM.  Please arrive by 8.30AM to allow for security and registration.


    09:00 - 09:05

    WELCOME

    Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group


    09:05 - 09:15

    OPENING ADDRESS

    Tony Milikin, Chief Procurement & Sustainability Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/N


    09:10 - 10:10

    Session 1: TIME TO STEP UP

    Moderator: Vanessa Hauc

    Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California
    Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern MP, Prime Minister of New Zealand
    Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica
    Jovenel Moïse,
     President of the Republic of Haiti
    Hilda Heine, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
    Martín Vizcarra, President of Peru
    Patricia Espinosa
    , Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    A landmark ‘Step-up’ message will be delivered to New York (from Global Climate Action Summit in California 10 days earlier) and sent out to national governments gathered in New York for UN General Assembly.  Governments and other representatives in this session will back this call to ramp-up national commitments by 2020 so that they are on-track with achieving the Paris Agreement.


    10:30 - 11:30

    Session 2: GLOBAL BUSINESS STEPPING UP

    Moderator:  Joan MacNaughton, The Climate Group

    Short video from EV Rally across America

    Addresses from:
    Stephen Badger, Chairman, Mars
    Brad Smith, President and CLO, Microsoft
    Jake Yamashita, CEO, Ricoh
    Francesco Starace, CEO, ENEL

    Conversation:
    Jens Birgersson, CEO, ROCKWOOL Group
    Francesco Starace, CEO, ENEL
    Stephen Badger, Chairman, Mars
    Brad Smith, President & CEO, Microsoft

    Leaders of global business will highlight how their businesses are 'stepping-up'.  They will reflect on what position they think business should be in by 2020 - what business leadership on climate should look like by then.  We expect many leaders will add their own backing to the call for national governments across the word to also 'step-up', highlighting the business and economic case for long-term plans in-line with achieving the Paris Agreement.


    11:30 - 11:40

    REFLECTIONS AND LOOK AHEAD

    Reflections and Look Ahead by Nathaniel Bullard, BNEF


    11:40 - 12:20

    Session 3: THE FUTURE SESSION - 10 YEARS LOOKING AHEAD

    Moderator:  Vanessa Hauc

    Panel Discussion:
    Paul Coster, JP Morgan
    Fleming Voetmann, VP, ICA
    Robin Chase, Co-founder, Zipcar
    Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group

    Future Session charting ten years of climate action and Climate Week NYC, driving climate action forward towards 2030.

    Since the first Climate Week we’ve seen a decade of bold and ambitious climate action. But what does the next decade hold in store? This will be an exciting and engaging look ahead to the transformative changes already underway and other areas where major progress needs to accelerate. In this high-level session, participants will look into their own crystal ball and discuss the challenges and benefits that will arise over the next decade.


    12:20 - 12:30

    CLOSING ADDRESS

    Alexandra Liftman, Global Environmental Executive, Bank of America
    Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group and an overview of Climate Week NYC


    12:30 - 13:30

    NETWORKING AND REFRESHMENTS


CLIMATE WEEK NYC

Climate Week NYC 2018 will be a key moment for global climate action, and provide the first opportunity to delve into the ramifications and renewed direction resulting for the Global Climate Action Summit that takes place earlier in the month.

Fall 2018 will be a key moment for global climate action. Business, cities and states are coming together over this period to ‘step-up’ their climate leadership and will be calling on their peers and governments, across the globe, to do the same - to put the world on-track to achieving the Paris Agreement.

Read more on Climate Week NYC website.

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