Climate Week NYC kicks off at the United Nations headquarters in New York
- 21 September 2015
NEW YORK: Today's launch of Climate Week NYC 2015 showcases the influence of the summit in the international climate dialogue and the key role sub-national governments and business can play in securing a “Paris dividend” at the global COP21 talks.
Climate Week NYC is the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, with more than 100 events around the city and critical climate announcements being unveiled from September 21-28.
The opening press conference at the United Nations headquarters saw UN Assistant Secretary General Janos Pasztor, special advisor for climate change, deliver a message of support from Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General: “This 7th Climate Week NYC is testament to the commitment of the leaders of The Climate Group to drive action on climate change,” he said.
“This year’s Climate Week NYC comes at a pivotal moment. This week, the UN Sustainable Development Summit will adopt 17 new interlinked global goals to eradicate poverty in all its forms, improve human wellbeing and protect the health of the planet.
“There is a specific goal for climate action but in fact, addressing climate change is central to the success of nearly all the goals. This is why it is essential that governments meeting in Paris in December adopt a universally agreed framework for taking action on climate change.”
A meaningful climate agreement in Paris “must signal a decisive move toward the low carbon, clean future and support more resilient communities, cities and countries,” he said. The deal must provide a framework for business to make long-term commitments in developing new technologies and adopting low carbon solutions, and “Climate Week can help us push for strong leadership at every level, from cities, CEOs and citizens,” the secretary’s message concluded.
The press conference also saw the participation of Dan Zarrilli, New York City’s Director of the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, on behalf of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New York City continues to see its role as a global leader in combatting climate change with mitigation and adaptation efforts,” he said. “And really cities are becoming the frontline of these efforts”. As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated, “this is something that is here and now”, the Director affirmed.
The City of New York is a long-time host of Climate Week NYC and during the past seven years “has shown bold leadership in pursuing ambitious targets and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience,” Ban Ki-moon said in his message.
“New York’s commitment of reducing GHG emissions by 80% by 2050 is the type of action needed to start the course towards a safer, heftier and more prosperous future.”
Climate Week NYC is a key event in the international calendar that brings together leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. The Climate Group launched Climate Week NYC in 2009, and has acted as the secretariat since its inception.
Host to more than 100 affiliate events from September 21-28, Climate Week NYC 2015 is the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Climate Week NYC 2015 is supported by BT Group, Siemens, Procter & Gamble, Nike, SkyPower, SolarCity, CBRE Group, and Bank of the West - BNP Paribas; and the We Mean Business coalition members: BSR, The B Team, CDP, Ceres, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and WBCSD.