Three Climate Week NYC 2015 affiliate events that are catalyzing business leadership

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5 August 2015

NEW YORK: As the landscape of business risk and opportunity continues to evolve with a changing climate, several events at Climate Week NYC this year are putting climate resilience and mitigation firmly in the spotlight.

Among the 30+ affiliate events already confirmed for Climate Week NYC, three key events feature business leaders who are paving the way toward a prosperous low carbon economy: the United Nations Private Sector Forum, Corporations Leading Climate Resilience Around the World, and the 2nd Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit.

On September 26 at the United Nations Headquarters, The UN Private Sector Forum will convene nearly 300 heads of state and government, chief executive officers, civil society leaders and heads of UN agencies for the opening session of the General Assembly, to focus on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened this session to bring the voice of the private sector to the forefront of inter-governmental negotiations on key topics like climate. But taking place in the shadow of the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, this year it is set to be more pivotal than ever.

Around the world, both multi-national and local corporations are enhancing sustainable development. These efforts will be the focus on September 23, when The Notre Dame Global Corporate Adaptation Prize by ND-GAIN recognizes excellence in corporate climate adaptation projects. Those that use innovation for improved resilience or adaptation in collaboration with local partners will be of particular interest to the judges.

In particular, winning projects will measurably decrease climate-related vulnerabilities by enhancing food security, water access, coastal protection, ecosystem and human habitats, infrastructure resilience or human health, or by improving government, economic or social structures.

In addition to the private sector recognition at these two events, the 2nd Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit on September 29 aims to share best practices for today’s newly complex and overlapping environmental compliance requirements in business.

The event will serve as a forum for practical strategies and innovative ideas that counsels must have on their radar for complying with environmental law and regulations in the US and abroad.

As the rise of social media fosters increased transparency, awareness and new corporate environmental regulations, consumers and shareholders will look to events like these to leverage business leadership for a climate secure future - and to build momentum toward the global climate talks in December.

Join Climate Week NYC from September 21-28 to follow or attend more events like these. See our fast-growing calendar for an updated list of events and join the conversation on #CWNYC.

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by Lindsey Chew

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