Sneak preview of 4 Climate Week NYC events looking at climate issues through the prism of trade

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20 September 2014

NEW YORK: With Climate Week NYC kicking off in less than 48 hours, here's a sneak-preview of four high-profile conferences that will break down climate issues through the prism of trade and business.

As the collaborative space for all related events in support of the UN Climate Summit, Climate Week NYC 2014 will bring together business, government, civil society and the public across more than 140 events, panels, activities, exhibitions and workshops in New York, all set on driving the low carbon economy. 

With climate scientists from the IPCC warning we must keep the average global temperature rise below 2-degree Celsius by fast adopting clean energy, here are four conferences at Climate Week NYC, which will specifically discuss trade as a tool for tackling climate issues and investing in cleaner energy.

Firstly, on September 26, How to Shift Capital Away From High Risk Fossil Fuel Projects, a high-end conference featuring celebrated personalities from the climate change advocacy and research worlds, will be held. This public discussion forum will raise critical questions around empowering investors to cut capital influx into high risk fossil fuel production, and the role of divestment.

The day before, September 25, an invitation-only conference, CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014, will highlight the role of agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries and landscapes in achieving sustainable development. The unique gathering of leading scientists, heads of state, prominent private sector players, philanthropic organizations and prestigious academic institutions will address the importance of innovative research in agriculture with regards to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

On the other side of a sucessful low carbon economy is the key role of corporates. The launch of CDP’s 2014 S&P 500 report on September 23 will thankfully draw attention to climate change reporting and management and the companies that are leading by example in this field.

Among top names in the corporate world, the event will be attended by Gabi Zedlmayer, the Vice President and Chief Progress Officer for Hewlett-Packard, who recently told The Climate Group "the world will be watching" events at Climate Week NYC. An investor-focused analysis of CDP 2014 S&P will be presented in this year’s report that will give a comprehensive insight into gaining of more business value through climate-related opportunities.

And while there are indeed many interesting events happening throughout the week, a further green trade dialogue shouldn't be missed, Ensuring a Positive Contribution of Trade Policy to Climate Action Towards COP21, scheduled to be convened on September 24.

Organized by ICTSD and the Guarini Center (NYU School of Law), the dialogue aims at understanding the function of EGA negotiations in promoting trade as a tool for enhancing climate action and to make a non-trade audience conscious of the role of trade in climate change and sustainable energy. The event will offer a timely opportunity to discuss the initiative, which has the potential to offer a much-needed impetus in the climate negotiations and lay the groundwork for a positive, collaborative and constructive spirit in the lead up to COP 21 in Paris in December 2015.

By Shuvait Koul

For a full list of Climate Week NYC events, please visit ClimateWeekNYC.org and follow the conversation on Twitter using #CWNYC.

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