Climate Group partners with the United Nations Race to Zero Campaign for critical Climate Week NYC Opening Day Event

Global leaders from business and government including Alok Sharma, COP26 President and UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of New York City; Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone; Mr. Suphachai Chearavanont, CEO, Charoen Pokphand Group (C.P. Group) and Jean-Paul Agon, CEO of L’Oreal, among confirmed participants

September 3 2020, New York City – International non-profit the Climate Group, has today announced it will be partnering with the Race to Zero campaign — led by UNFCCC’s Climate Champions for UK and Chile, Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz — to host a major range of commitments and announcements as part of key event, COP26 and The Zero Carbon Growth Agenda, during Climate Week NYC’s Opening Day.

Climate Week NYC (September 21-27), now in its twelfth year, takes place annually alongside the United Nations General Assembly. COP26 and The Zero Carbon Growth Agenda, following on from the official Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony earlier in the day, will play a critical role in reaffirming the urgency and momentum needed to tackle climate change. The event will be broadcast globally on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Race to Zero is the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions in the 2040s, covering over half of GDP and 2.6 billion people. Since its launch on World Environment Day in June, the campaign has brought onboard more cities, businesses, investors and companies and public bodies to see how a zero-carbon recovery can simultaneously revive the economy, create millions of jobs and advance public health, economic, social and racial justice.

The event will introduce major net zero announcements, including from companies in some of the hardest to abate sectors and those worst affected by COVID-19, as well as a new platform for SMEs – allowing more than 80% of the world’s businesses and 90% of the world’s employees to engage in the campaign and define their net zero pathways.

Global leadership from business and government will also shine a light on the state of play of climate and finance commitments, taking into account a broad range of approaches from rising numbers of actors who are resolved to achieve net zero targets.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group, an international non-profit and organizer of Climate Week NYC, said: “Partnering with the COP26 Race to Zero campaign as part of Climate Week NYC’s opening day reinforces that this is set to be one of the most significant climate events of the year. Climate Week NYC will provide a prominent platform to host these critical conversations and commitments from international leaders.”

Nigel Topping, COP26 High Level Climate Action Champion commented: “Climate Week NYC comes at a pivotal time when business, cities, states and regions are working towards a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery. We’re excited to be partnering with the Climate Group to showcase the achievements of key leaders, and to call for even greater ambition as we all embark on the Race to Zero.”

Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal, said: “All of us at L’Oréal are committed to doing everything in our power to address the global climate crisis and respect the planetary boundaries that sustain life on earth. We are participating in the Climate Week NYC Opening Day to add our voice in support of the UN’s Race to Zero agenda. We believe it is our responsibility as the leader of beauty to involve our 1.5 billion consumers, our suppliers, our clients and the communities in which we work on our sustainability journey – to inspire them to make more sustainable choices and limit their impact so we can collectively create a more beautiful future for all. We all need to commit if we are to align our activities with the 1.5 degree ambition.”

The Opening Ceremony will officially mark the start of Climate Week on Monday, September 21, 2020, and will bring together leading figures from business and government to showcase amazing climate action and find ways to do more. Speakers include Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Office at Unilever; Fiona Reynolds, CEO of Principles for Responsible Investment; and Zhenguo Li, Founder and President of LONGi Group. The event will be broadcast through an interactive digital platform for invited participants, as well as being available to stream for public viewers.

As the largest climate summit taking place this year, Climate Week NYC is the go-to destination to stay engaged on the climate crisis. Climate Week NYC will explore what lessons we can learn in the pursuit of a net-zero future through just transition and how we can build a better future for both people and planet.

Further updates on Climate Week NYC speakers and the events program will continue to be announced in the coming months.


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About Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC is the time and place where the world gathers to showcase amazing climate action and discuss how to do more. Run by the Climate Group, in association with the United Nations and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC annually brings together voices from across the spectrum to debate and implement climate action now.

Climate Week NYC 2020 Sponsors

Walmart, Opening Ceremony Sponsor; ENGIE Impact, The Hub Live Sponsor; Unilever, Platinum Sponsor; LONGi Group, Platinum Sponsor; L’Oréal, Platinum Sponsor; McKinsey & Company, Knowledge Partner; Johnson & Johnson, Gold Sponsor; S&P Global, Gold Sponsor; JinkoSolar, Gold Sponsor; AstraZeneca, Gold Sponsor; AB InBev, Gold Sponsor; Estée Lauder Companies, Gold Sponsor; AT&T, Silver Sponsor; Google, Silver Sponsor; Edison International, Silver Sponsor; Bank of America, Silver Sponsor; Morrison & Foerster, Silver Sponsor; Trane Technologies, Silver Sponsor; International Copper Association, Silver Sponsor; One Earth, Silver Sponsor; Signify, Supporter Sponsor; Sungrow, Supporter Sponsor; NYC & Company, Sustainable Travel & Tourism Program Partner; Global Citizen, Youth, Public Mobilization & Justice Program Partner; American Museum of Natural History, Nature & Science Program Partner; Columbia University, US & International Policy Program Partner; Ørsted, Clean Energy Transition Program Partner; Environmental Defense Fund, Finance, Investment and Jobs Program Partner; The New Summit, Official Event Partner; We Mean Business, Supporting Partner; Facebook, Social Engagement Partner; The New Republic, Media Partner.

About the Climate Group

The Climate Group drives climate action. Fast. Our goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all. We focus on systems with the highest emissions and where our networks have the greatest opportunity to drive change. We do this by building large and influential networks and holding organizations accountable, turning their commitments into action. We share what we achieve together to show more organizations what they could do. We are an international non-profit organization, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. We are proud to be part of the We Mean Business coalition. Follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup.