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What happened at the first-ever Climate Week Paris?

Date
26 May 2015
What happened at the first-ever Climate Week Paris?

LONDON: With 30 events, more than 2,000 attendees from over 50 countries and hundreds of high-profile speakers - including French President François Hollande, Al Gore, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres and CEOs from the world's biggest businesses - the first-ever Climate Week Paris successfully brought together a powerful call for action from the global business and finance community on the road to COP21 and far beyond.

Climate Week Paris ended on May 24, following 7 days of more than 20 critical headline announcements from events across the city, including the two-day Business & Climate Summit and Climate Finance Day.

The week of events was convened by The Climate Group, and through our account @ClimateGroup we also hosted live Q&As, published more than 30 news stories, launched a digital climate action barometer and live-tweeted from events using the hashtag #CWParis, which reached 183 million impressions.

So here is a round-up of some of the best moments - and tweets - from Climate Week Paris.

The week opened with the Green Investment Financing Forum, which included an inspiring speech by former US Vice President Al Gore and focused on the state of the tools that are currently available to finance the low carbon transition.

Discussions around carbon pricing and divestment from fossil fuels dominated the stage at the Business & Climate Summit and Climate Finance Day.

Three new companies joined our RE100 campaign during Climate Week Paris, Infosys, Unilever and Marks & Spencer.

But other RE100 partners were in Paris to show the business case for climate action and US Secretary of State John Kerry used RE100 as an example of powerful business action uniting on tackling climate change and accelerating low carbon growth:

We also launched our new climate action barometer, which will keep tracking confidence in low carbon actions throughout the year.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres presented the NAZCA (Non-State Actors Zone for Climate Action) portal:

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin also announced France’s plan to pass a new law which will force greater greenhouse gas data disclosure from the finance sector.

Henri de Castries, CEO of Axa, a major insurance company, announced five commitments that will help drive the low carbon transition, including a pioneering commitment to divest from all remaining EUR500 million coal-related assets.

The above is just a selection of the many announcements and activities that took place during Climate Week Paris, 200 days before the global climate talks take place in the same city. You can learn more by clicking the links below to read full write-ups of events.

And we will be back in September in New York City for Climate Week NYC, our seventh annual summit which brings together leaders from around the world to discuss the low carbon economy, during the most important year for climate action in history.

Read all of our #CWParis coverage:

 By Denise Puca

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