High-level speakers confirmed for Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony

June 28, 2021, London – With just under three months to go until Climate Week NYC (September 20-26) kicks off, the international non-profit Climate Group has today announced an array of high-level business and government leaders set to speak on the Opening Day (Monday, September 20).

Speakers include Alok Sharma, President for COP26; Damilola OgunbiyiCEO of Sustainable Energy for All & Co-Chair of UN-Energy; and the UNFCCC’s High-Level Champions for UK and ChileNigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz, respectively.  


Opening Ceremony, September 20 

Marking the official start of Climate Week NYC, the Opening Ceremony will bring together leading decision-makers, thought leaders, and international figures from business and philanthropic sectors, who will address the world on climate action and how to achieve a green and inclusive recovery. Speakers include Badar Khan, President, National Grid, USNicolas Hieronimus, Chief Executive Officer, L’Oréal; Alexandra Palt, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer and Executive Vice President of the Fondation L’Oréal; Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, The Estée Lauder Companies; and Dickon Pinner, Senior Partner and Global Leader, McKinsey Sustainability 


Key themes for this year’s Opening Ceremony include what a just transition really means, what we must deliver in the Climate Decade, and what real leadership looks like. The event will be hosted in New York City and broadcast live through an interactive digital platform for an invited audience of climate leaders. The Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony and The Hub Live will also be streamed online and available to a global audience. Further details regarding physical events and activations throughout the week will be confirmed later this summer. 


Helen Clarkson, CEO of Climate Group, said: The theme of this year’s Climate Week NYC is ‘Getting It Done’, which is about leaders demonstrating how they are going to deliver on their commitments and inspiring others to do moreLet’s talk about the actions that need to be taken – right now – to transition the global economy rapidly, and at scale. We’ll be kicking things off at the Opening Ceremony, and I’m looking forward to hearing from leaders across business and government tell us how they are going to get it done.” 


Nicolas Hieronimus, Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal said At L’Oréal, we are committed to creating the beauty that moves the world. It is a mission that translates to many facets of our global business, but most crucial of them all is our ability to meaningfully contribute to climate solutions. Over the last decade we have completely transformed our company and we are accelerating our efforts to ensure that we operate within the planetary boundaries as determined by environmental scientists, and by 2025 we will achieve 100% carbon neutrality at all our sites around the globe. Through our sustainability transformation, L’Oréal for the Future, we are harnessing the power of beauty to do our part—and to bring along our partners, suppliers, and 1.5 billion consumers in doing so. We are proud to be the Opening Ceremony Sponsor of Climate Week NYC 2021 and to work with the global community to address the climate crisis we collectively face.”  


UNFCCC Opening Day Event, September 20 

Following on from the official Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony, UNFCCC will host an event‘Delivering the Promise of Paris’, which will shine a spotlight on the most recent transformational action plans from Race to Zero members across the world. Global leaders including Alok Sharma, President for COP26, and High-Level Champions for UK and ChileNigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz, will assess the transition from ambition to implementation at this noteworthy event.  


Gonzalo Muñoz, Chile COP25 High-Level Climate Action Champion said "Climate Week NYC is a critical milestone for both Race to Zero and Race to Resilience. I’m excited to join voices from across the global economy who can demonstrate how radical collaboration is fundamental for driving the twin goals of reducing emissions and building resilience within this critical decade of delivery. This Opening Session will showcase what real economy actors are already doing to accelerate the transition, and will lay out what more needs to happen to put us on track for halving emissions by 2030." 


Nigel Topping, UK COP26 High-Level Climate Action Champion said “Climate Week NYC is a chance to show the world what is at stake at COP26. I’m looking forward to joining global leaders in this Opening Session to explore the immediate actions required to deliver the promise of the Paris Agreement. Join us on the September 20, to hear what is needed, what is possible and what is already underway to halve emissions by 2030 and achieve a net zero, resilient world in time." 


The full Climate Week NYC events calendar will be available later this summer and the mobile phone app will launch at the end of August. The Climate Week NYC app will include a list of all the events happening during the week and the community directory: local sustainable businesses in New York City that the public can support, from zero-waste stores to ethical fashion brands.Event submissions (including virtual) are now open for Climate Week NYC 2021.  


Visit www.climateweeknyc.org or follow #ClimateWeekNYC to receive regular news and keep up to date with Climate Week NYC 2021.  


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Notes to Editors 


Media registration is now open and free for the Opening Ceremony(September 20) and The Hub Live(September 21-23) events. Registration closes September 17, 2021.  


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 international non-profit Climate Group, in partnership with the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 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 2021 Sponsors and Partners   

National Grid, Headline Partner; L’Oréal, Opening Ceremony Sponsor; ENGIE Impact, The Hub Live Sponsor; McKinsey & Company, Knowledge Partner; The Estée Lauder Companies, Platinum Sponsor; Morrison & Foerster, Silver Sponsor; The Nest Summit, Official Event Partner; Junk Kouture, Sustainable Living Program PartneratmosfairCarbon Offsetting Partner 


About Climate Group     

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.