US Secretary of State John Kerry and Apple CEO Tim Cook to join political and business leaders tomorrow for Climate Week NYC Opening Day

22 September 2014

NEW YORK: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Apple CEO Tim Cook, will join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 30 political and business leaders tomorrow for the Opening Day of Climate Week NYC 2014. Together they will call for bold climate action on the eve of the UN Climate Summit.

Business and government leaders will unveil new climate initiatives and commitments during a full day of events in NYC.

Additional speakers include:

  • Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC; Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy for Climate Change; Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, France; Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for Environment, Peru; Robert Rubin, Former US Secretary of the Treasury;
  • Business leaders Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group; Sir Richard Branson, CEO and Founder, Virgin Group; Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer, BT; Dr. Ray Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Philip K. Ryan, Chairman, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation; and Gabi Zedlmayer, Chief Progress Officer, HP;
  • As well as: Québec Premier Philippe Couillard; Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen; Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro; Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont; and Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, (Ret), CEO, American Security Project.

Press accreditations for the event are now closed. However, you can watch the event live on and follow the conversation online using #CWNYC and @ClimateGroup.

See the draft Opening Day agenda 

For media resources about Climate Week NYC, including press releases and news stories, please visit:
For more details about the agenda of Opening Day and interview requests, please contact:

Sylvain Biville
International Head of Media, The Climate Group – T: +1 917-708-0727

Beth Woodthorpe-Evans
Media Officer, The Climate Group - +44 7912 514445

About Climate Week NYC

Since it was launched by The Climate Group in 2009, Climate Week NYC has become a key international platform for governments, businesses and civil society to collaborate on bold climate action and low carbon leadership.

Host to more than 100 events from September 22-28, Climate Week NYC 2014 is the collaborative space for all events in support of the UN Climate Summit that will take place on September 23. This year CDP is co-convenor of the Opening Day on September 22.

Climate Week NYC 2014 is supported by founding sponsor Swiss Re, platinum sponsor Lockheed Martin, gold sponsors BMW, BT, HP and SolarCity, supporting sponsors Bloomberg LP, CBRE and Rockefeller Brothers Fund; global partner the Dutch Postcode Lottery; 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. The Weather Company is our media partner. - @ClimateWeekNYC - #CWNYC

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit. Our goal is a prosperous, low carbon future. We believe this will be achieved through a ‘clean revolution’: the rapid scale-up of low carbon energy and technology. We work with corporate and government partners to develop climate finance mechanisms, business models which promote innovation, and supportive policy frameworks. We convene leaders, share hard evidence of successful low carbon growth, and pilot practical solutions which can be replicated worldwide. Our offices are in Greater China, North America, India and Europe. 2014 is The Climate Group’s 10th Anniversary.

About CDP

CDP is an international not-for-profit organization, providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.  CDP works with market forces, including 767 institutional investors with assets of US$92 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions. 

Please visit or follow @CDP to find out more.

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