Climate ACTION 2016

CATALYZING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

#ClimateAction

MAY 5–6, 2016  /  WASHINGTON, DC

ABOUT Why  /  what  /  who

why

Accelerate ambition and achieve the kind of progress necessary to secure our future

Climate change is the defining issue of our age. The landmark Paris Agreement reached last December commits all countries to holding global temperature rise to “well below 2 degrees Celsius”. This feat will require economy-wide global and national transformations. A robust, multi-sector response will be a key component of this solution to pivot societies toward a more sustainable future for all – the future we want.

 

Our understanding of climate change is rapidly evolving—from the world’s biggest problem, to the world’s biggest opportunity. Technological change, citizen mobilization, economic and political competition, and the formation of massive public-private coalitions have all helped turn the climate action risk-reward equation on its head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But that’s not the end of the story; it’s the beginning. The Paris Agreement recognizes that the new climate regime will create climate solutions markets that are “bottom up” as well as “top down.” The Agreement calls for the active support of business and finance, mayors and governors, academia and civil society, as well as national governments. The new climate regime will create a floor for progress, not a ceiling, and look to coalitions of all these actors to determine how we can accelerate ambition and achieve the kind of progress necessary to secure our future.

 

what

The Climate Action 2016 multi-stakeholder summit will take place two weeks after the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement, and eight months after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by all the governments of the world.  In this context, the summit will serve to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to climate implementation. In particular, it will deepen and expand the action coalitions of government, business, finance, philanthropy, civil society and academic leaders launched at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit 2014 in New York, and since then developed through the Lima to Paris Action Agenda.

 

Climate Action 2016 will seek to make this broad-scale organization of climate action both more effective and sustainable, and provide a launching pad for climate implementation in the pre-2020 period.

 

Over the course of two days, the summit will drive high-level engagement with global luminaries addressing plenary sessions on how to deliver on climate commitments and embed the transformation agenda across the globe in government, key sectors and among the general population. At the same time, the summit will focus on convening working groups for sessions on near-term implementation actions and long-term implementation needs. These will focus on City and Sub-national implementation; Transport; Land-use; Energy; Resilience/Adaptation; and Analysis and Tools to Support Decision Making.

 

Effective climate implementation will require collaboration from a variety of actors. The Climate Action 2016 summit will engage approximately 700 participants, by invitation, representing leaders from government, business, finance, academia, philanthropy and civil society. Seven organizations have come together to  jointly co-host the summit, providing this diverse group with the information, connections and tools they need to lead effective implementation in a new climate regime.

who

The co-hosts are:

 

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group

 

Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Founding Partner, Compact of Mayors

 

Dr. Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility

 

Dr. Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation

 

Mr. Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, World Business Council on Sustainable Development

 

Mr. Nigel Topping, Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business

 

Dr. Wallace Loh, President, University of Maryland

The co-hosts will be joined by partners from multiple sectors to advance climate action coalitions.

Thursday, May 5

9:00 - 10:30 AM  /  Venue: Grand Ballroom

Opening Session

 

9:00 - 9:20 AM

Welcoming remarks

 

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Dr. Jim Yong Kim

President of the World Bank Group

H.E. Ms. Ségolène Royal

President of the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

 

9:20 - 9:45 AM

The Climate Action Agenda

Realizing the Promise of the Paris Agreement

 

H.E. Dr. Hakima El Haite

Minister-in-charge of the Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco; on behalf of the COP22 Presidency

MODERATOR

Dr. Robert Orr

Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change, Dean, School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland

 

9:45 - 10:25 AM / Venue: Grand Ballroom

What’s New and What to Expect on Climate Action in 2016

 

Panel 1

Mr. Peter Bakker

President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Dr. Judith Rodin

President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Ms. Rachel Kyte

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All

moderator

Mr. Andrew Steer

President and CEO, World Resources Institute

 

Panel 2

Dr. Naoko Ishii

CEO, Global Environment Facility

Mr. Nigel Topping

CEO, We Mean Business

Dr. Wallace Loh

President, University of Maryland

Moderator

Mr. Andrew Steer

President and CEO, World Resources Institute

10:50 – 11:00 AM

Getting to Deep Decarbonization

 

Professor Jeffrey Sachs

Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University

 

11:05 - 11:40 / Venue: The Grand Ballroom

Delivering Sustainable Development

Climate Action as Catalyst

 

H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft

President of the General Assembly, United Nations

Dr. Jonathan Pershing

Special Envoy for Climate Change, United States Department of State

Ms. Diane Holdorf

Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg

Moderator

Dr. David Nabarro

Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change

11:40 – 12:20 PM / Venue: Grand Ballroom

Age of the Local Leader

Unlocking the Power of Mayors to Solve Climate Change

 

Opening Remarks

The Honorable Ms. Sophie Howe

Future Generations Commissioner, Wales

panel

The Honorable Carlos A. Giménez

Mayor of Miami-Dade County, United States

The Honorable Denis Coderre

Mayor of Montreal, Canada

The Honorable Jennifer Musisi

Executive Director,  Kampala, Uganda

moderator

Ms. Megan Murphy

Bloomberg News

 

12:00 PM / Venue: Chinese Ballroom, Mayflower Hotel side eventCOP22 Low Emissions Solutions Conference MOU Signing 

12:30 – 2:00 PM / Venue: East/State Room

Luncheon

The Role of Elected Leaders in Climate Implementation

Dialogue among U.S. and International Legislators, Governors, Mayors and CEOs

 

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Naoko Ishii

CEO, Global Environment Facility

Kickoff

Dr. Judith Rodin

President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Mr. Bill McInturff

Co-Founder, Public Opinion Strategies; Lead Pollster, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal

FEATURED PARTICIPANTS

The Honorable Benjamin Cardin

U.S Senator from Maryland

Mr. Bob Inglis

Executive Director, RepublicEN

The Honorable Ed Markey

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

The Honorable Martin O’Malley

Former Governor of Maryland

The Honorable Anne Hidalgo

Mayor of Paris

The Honorable Kasim Reed

Mayor of Atlanta

The Honorable Muriel Bowser

Mayor of Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Marcio Lacerda

Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The Honorable Alfred Vanderpuije

Mayor of Accra

MODERATOR

The Honorable Mr. Timothy Wirth

Vice-Chair, United Nations Foundation; and former U.S. Senator

2:00 – 3:00 PM / Venue: Grand Ballroom

Transforming the World’s Mobility

Galvanizing Action and Investments

 

H.E. Dr. Hakima El Haite

Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Ms. Sharon Dijksma

Minister for the Environment, Netherlands

The Honorable Denis Coderre

Mayor of Montreal

Mr. Jean-Dominique Senard

CEO of Michelin

Ms. Laura Tuck

Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank

Moderator

Ms. Melinda Crane

Chief Correspondent, Deutsche Welle TV, USA and Germany

 

2:30-5:30 PM / Venue: State Room side eventCompanies and Climate ChangeLegal Liability and Human Rights Challenges After COP21 

3:00 - 3:40 PM / Venue: Grand Ballroom

Post Paris

Progress and Potential in the Months
Since the Climate Summit for Local Leaders

 

Michael R. Bloomberg

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Founding Partner, Compact of Mayors

The Honorable Ms. Anne Hidalgo

Mayor of Paris

moderator

Ms. Megan Murphy

Bloomberg News

3:40 – 4:30 PM / Venue: Grand Ballroom

Vital Energy

Brokering Partnerships and Unlocking
Funding to Secure Clean Energy for All

Session chaired by We Mean Business and Sustainable Energy for All

 

 

Mr. Rafael Gonzalez Sanchez

CEO, North America, ENEL Green Power

Ms. Deborah Markowitz

Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Ms. Amal-Lee Amin

Inter-American Development Bank

Moderator

Ms. Rachel Kyte

Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

4:30 – 5:00 PM / Venue: Grand Ballroom

Climate Action

A Convenient Truth

 

A conversation with

The Honorable Mr. Al Gore

former Vice President of the United States

moderator

Ms. Audrey Choi

CEO, Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing

6:30 – 8:00 PM / Venue: The National Museum of the American Indian

Reception

Hosted by the Compact of Mayors & the Covenant of Mayors

side events

Wednesday, May 4

Sponsored by:

Reverse Ionizer and WGL

Opening Reception

6:30–8:30 PM

Hosted by the University of Maryland at The Phillips Collection

side events

press conferences

press conferences

Friday, May 6

8:00 – 8:50 AM

Parallel Breakfasts

 

Venue: East RoomGood EnergyBreakfast Chaired by Sustainable Energy for All and We Mean Business   Ms. Deborah MarkowitzSecretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural ResourcesJohn MortonSenior Director for Energy & Climate Change, White HouseDr. Patrick OlivaSenior Vice President in charge of External Relations, Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin GroupModeratorMr. Ed CrooksUS Industry and Energy Editor, Financial TimesClosing RemarksNigel ToppingCEO, We Mean BusinessVenue: State Room

Catalyzing Climate Finance: From Paris to Action

Breakfast chaired by the European Investment Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank

 

Mr. Leonardo Martinez-Diaz

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Environment in the United States Department of the Treasury

Mr. Rowan Douglas

CEO, Capital, Science & Policy Practice and Chairman, Willis Research Network, Willis Group

Ms. Priya Mehra

Vice-President, Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley

Dr. Amal-Lee Amin

Chief, Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Inter-American Development Bank

moderator

Mr. Jonathan Taylor

Vice-Chairman, European Investment Bank

 

May 6, 2016  /  8:30-10:00 amMayflower Hotel: Rhode Island Room side eventGlobal Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA)  

 

8:55 - 9:00 AM / Venue: Grand Ballroom

Film

“Our Future Starts Now”

by The People+Planet Project

an initiative of the Global Brain Foundation

 

9:00 – 10:00 AM / Venue: Grand Ballroom

Building Resilience

Session chaired by the United Nations and the Rockefeller Foundation

 

Keynote Address

Mr. Shaun Donovan

Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Office of the President of the United States of America

 

Panel

Mr. Michael Rentennar

Special Envoy for Climate Change, The Netherlands

Mr. Mohammed Beavogui

CEO, African Risk Capacity

Mr. Michael Berkowitz

CEO, 100 Resilient Cities

Mr. Stephen Catlin

Executive Deputy Chairman, XL Catlin and Representative of The Geneva Association

Moderator

Dr. Maarten van Aalst

Director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

 

Closing Keynote

Vision for a Resilient Future

Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren

President, UN Environment Assembly; Member of Parliament and former Minister of Environment of Mongolia

 

10:00 – 10:50 AM  / Venue: Grand Ballroom

Catalyzing Climate Smart Land Use
for a Sustainable Future

Session chaired by Global Environment Facility, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and We Mean Business

 

Opening Remarks

H.E. Mr. Tom Vilsack

Secretary of Agriculture of the United States

 

Panel

Ms. Maria Fernanda Mejia

President, Kellogg's Latin America

Mr. David Brand

CEO, New Forests Asset Management

Mr. Sunny Verghese

Co-Founder and Group CEO, Olam International Ltd.

H.E. Mr. Tom Vilsack

Secretary of Agriculture of the United States

moderator

Dr. Celine Herweijer

PwC, Global Climate Change Leader, Sustainability & Climate Change

 

11:00 – 11:50 AM / Venue: Grand Ballroom

Action Through Knowledge

Analytics and Innovation for Climate Implementation

Session chaired by the University of Maryland

 

Opening Remarks

Dr. Hoesung Lee

Chair of the IPCC

Panel

Sir David King

United Kingdom Special Representative for Climate Change

Dr. John Kress

Director of the Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Xiliang Zhang

Director of the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University

Dr. Nathan Hultman

Director, Center for Global Sustainability, University of Maryland

moderator

Dr. Alden Meyer

Director of Strategy and Policy of the Union of Concerned Scientists

 

11:50 – 11:55 PM  / Venue: Grand Ballroom

The Role of Law

in Accelerating Climate Action

 

Mr. David W. Rivkin

President, International Bar Association

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Networking Luncheon

 

12:00 – 1:15 PMNorth Carolina Room, 2nd floor, Mayflower Hotel  side eventCommunicating the Groundswell of Climate ActionsCoordinating Messages to Drive Bottom-up Climate Action Closed door session—participation by invitation only  

 

1:15 – 2:45 PM

Future Directions

Parallel Breakout Sessions

 

Venue: East Room

Sustainable Mobility: What Is Needed? Who Will Help Deliver on This Ambition?

 

Session 1

The Roles of the Private Sector and International Actors (45 minutes)

Mr. Peter Bakker

President, WBCSD

Mr. Jean-Pierre Clamadieu,

Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO, Solvay

Ms. Jane Hupe

Deputy Director, Environment, International Civil Aviation Organization

Moderator

Melinda Crane

Chief Correspondent, Deutsche Welle TV, USA and Germany

 

Session 2

The Role of the Public Sector

(45 minutes)

Ms. Laurence Tubiana

Special Representative of COP21

Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux

Director-General, International Union of Railways

Mr. José Viegas

Secretary-General, International Transport Forum

Moderator

Melinda Crane

Chief Correspondent, Deutsche Welle TV, USA and Germany

Venue: State Room

Innovation in Urban Resilience

 

Implementers Discussion: Innovation in Urban Resilience

Ms. Laurence Tubiana

Special Representative of COP21

Mr. Themba Tenza

Chief Director, Research & Innovation, Ministry of Transportation, South Africa

Dr. Jennifer Semakula Musisi

Executive Director, Kampala, Uganda.

Mr. Ronan Dantec

French Senator and Nantes City Councilor

Mr. Michael Berkowitz

CEO of 100 Resilient Cities

Ms. Angie Fyfe

Executive Director of ICLEI USA

 

Innovation in Finance for Building Resilience

Dr. Amal-Lee Amin

Chief, Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Inter-American Development Bank

Dr. Barbara Buchner

Senior Director, Climate Policy Initiative

Dr. Amar Bhattacharya

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

moderator

Mr. Farrukh Khan

Senior Manager, UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team

 

Venue: New York Room

Delivering the Energy Transition:

Roundtable Discussion on the opportunities and challenges

 

Venue: Pennsylvania Room

Future Directions and Options to Accelerate Climate-Smart Land Use

 

 

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Can the U.S. Deliver?

Q&A with Gina McCarthy

 

Ms. Gina McCarthy

Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Moderator

Mr. Bill Nye

Science Educator

 

3:30 - 4:25 PM

Galvanizing the Groundswell
for People & Planet

 

Natalia Vega-Berry

Founder/CEO, The Global Brain

Michael Tracy

Principal, The Global Brain

Mr. Paul Polman

CEO, Unilever

Ms. May Boeve

Executive Director, 350.org

Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Ms. Jasmine Gregory

Action Fellow, Alliance for Climate Education

Moderator

Mr. Bill Nye

Science Educator

Closing Session

Implementing the Paris Agreement and the Future of Climate Action

 

 

press conferences

Side Events

Climate Action 2016 is proud to support the following side events that advance the implementation of the action agenda:

May 5–6  /  ALL DAY

People’s Haus:

Climate Action Innovation Haus

 

The People’s Haus will serve as a catalyst to activate civil society by communicating the activities of the summit to the masses through media, technology and creativity. Summit participants can get involved in various creative communications activities, campaigns and side events which will be hosted for the entirety of the summit.

 

 

Activities:

  • Blogger Cafe
  • Guest Speakers
  • Social Media Zone Featuring Live Media Feeds on Monitors
  • Film/Content Screenings
  • Virtual Reality Screenings
  • Press Conferences
  • Coffee Bar
  • Photo Booth
  • Collaborative Art Projects

 

Learn more at:

www.peopleshaus.org

 

 

 

May 6  /  8:30-10:00 am / Mayflower Hotel: Rhode Island Room

 

Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA)

Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) is organising a side-event to introduce the Alliance to the participants of the Climate Action 2016.  GACSA’s ambitious future is based upon supporting and inspiring action. At the event we will speak about the Alliance and  showcase through concrete examples how GACSA can contribute to food security and sustainable development in the face of climate change.

 

Agenda:

  • Overall Presentation of the Global Alliance for CSA and Announcement of the Annual Forum.
  • Presentation of the Achievements of Knowledge Action Group: CSA Knowledge in Action.
  • Presentation of the Achievements of Enabling Environment Action Group: Findings & Way Forward.
  • Overview of GACSA Membership Profile.

 

More information on the side-event and the speakers is available here.

May 5  / 12:00 PM  / Chinese Ballroom, Mayflower Hotel

 

COP22 Low Emissions Solutions Conference MOU Signing

 

The Minister in Charge of Environment – Kingdom of Morocco, UNSDSN, WBSCD, and ICLEI will sign an MOU to announce the Low Emissions Solutions Conference at COP22 (LESC22) in Marrakesh, Morocco on November 14-17, 2016. The Conference will support all signatories to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to design and implement Nationally Determined Contributions and Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDSs) as called for in the Paris Agreement. The parties will work together and reach out to other organizations around the world to promote the success of the LESC22.  The Solutions Conference will be aimed at problem solving, brainstorming, and global co-creation, without inter-governmental negotiations or agreements. The goal will be to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices, and prioritize future research.

 

Who will sign the MOU:

H.E. Hakima El Haïté, Minister in Charge of Environment, Kingdom of Morocco

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Executive Director of UNSDSN

Mr. Peter Bakker, CEO of WBCSD

Mr. Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI

May 5  /  2:30-5:30 pm

Venue: State Room

Companies and Climate Change:

Legal Liability and Human Rights Challenges After Paris/COP21

 

Hosted by The International Bar Association, Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Center for International Environmental Law, Institute for Human Rights and Business, and Sidley Austin LLP

 

 

2:30-2:35 pm

Opening Remarks

by IBA President, David W. Rivkin

 

2:35-3:50 pm

PANEL I

Human Rights And Climate Change: What You Need To Know

 

Chris Jochnick, President and CEO, Landesa; Chair, Business and Human Rights Resource Center

(Moderator)

 

Kristin Casper, Litigation Counsel, Greenpeace

 

William Snape, III, Fellow in Environmental Law, American Univ. Washington College of Law

 

Irit Tamir, Senior Campaigns and Advocacy Advisor, Private Sector Dept., Oxfam America

 

3:50 -4:05pm

Coffee Break

 

4:05-5:30pm

PANEL II

Legal Liability and Climate Change: Assessing Companies’ Risks

 

Roger Martella, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

(Moderator)

 

David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

 

Sharon Eubanks, Bordas & Bordas Attorneys, PLLC

 

Alyssa Johl, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law

 

 

 

 

May 6  / 12:00 – 1:15 PM / North Carolina Room, 2nd floor, Mayflower Hotel

 

Communicating the Groundswell of Climate Actions

Coordinating Messages to Drive Bottom-up Climate Action

Closed door session—participation by invitation only

 

COP21 represented an inflection point for the groundswell of climate action at all levels. Cities, regions, companies, investors, and other stakeholders received unprecedented recognition for their role as agents of climate action, both in the formal and informal realms. Beyond Paris as the global community seeks to move from aspiration to action, how can we best align communication strategies to maximize overall impact? What communication activities are various stakeholder coalitions

undertaking to demonstrate progress around key milestones, such as COP22, and beyond? Are there common threads of a meta-narrative or an organizing principle that organizations can coalesce around? This session, organized by Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, seeks to provide an informal forum for participants to cross-fertilize ideas and, in the process uncover, innovative ideas that can accelerate climate action further, faster.

venue

Thursday, May 5 & Friday, May 6

The Mayflower Hotel

washington, dc

Engage

The 6 areas of focus for Climate Action 2016 are led by the following co-sponsors. We welcome all interested organizations to get in touch with the appropriate focal point to explore engagement in a work stream.

City and Sub-National Implementation

Compact of Mayors and Bloomberg Philanthropies

 

Contact:

Amanda Eichel, Bloomberg Philanthropies

amandae@bloomberg.org

 

 

 

 

Transport

World Bank Group

 

Contact:

Nancy L. Vandycke

nvandycke@worldbank.org

 

 

 

Energy

We Mean Business and Sustainable Energy for All

 

Contact:

Callum Grieve, cgrieve@mac.com

Sustainable Land Use

Global Environment Facility, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and We Mean Business

 

Contacts:

Mohamed I Bakarr, GEF mbakarr@thegef.org

 

Matthew Reddy, WBCSD Reddy@wbcsd.org

 

Heather McGeory heather@wemeanbusinesscoalition.org

 

 

 

 

 

Resilience/Adaptation

United Nations and Rockefeller Foundation

 

Contact:

Farrukh Khan, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General

farrukh.khan@un.org

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis and Tools to Support Decision-Making

University of Maryland

 

Contact:

Nate Hultman, hultman@umd.edu

Contact

For additional information on Climate Action 2016, please contact:

 

 

Yassamin Ansari

Director, Climate Action 2016

 

yassamin@climateaction2016.org

 

frequently asked questions

What is the Climate Action 2016 Summit and what does it hope to accomplish?

 

Climate Action 2016 is about action. It’s an opportunity for a coalition of partners from all sectors to come together to share what they’re doing on climate change, individually and in partnership.

 

Co-hosts, partners and participants in Climate Action 2016 will provide platforms for broad and sustained agreement from current and new actors. Taking place just two weeks after governments travelled to New York to sign on to the historic Paris Agreement, the two-day Summit is a movement by those from all levels of government, the private sector, civil society, academia, and individual citizens to ask national governments to fulfil their Paris Agreement commitments and tell them that we stand together to take action with them.

 

 

What will happen at the Summit?

 

Over the course of two days, the Summit will drive high-level engagement with global luminaries. Plenary sessions will be held on how to deliver on climate commitments and embed the transformation agenda globally in government, key sectors and among the general population.

 

The Summit will also focus on convening working groups for sessions on near-term implementation actions and long-term implementation needs. These will focus on; City and Sub-national implementation, Transport, Land-use, Energy, Resilience/Adaptation, and Analysis and Tools to Support Decision Making.

 

The Summit will engage approximately 700 participants including leaders of government, business, academia, philanthropy and civil society.

 

For more information, please visit climateaction2016.org

 

 

Who is organizing the Summit?

 

Co-hosts and partners of Climate Action 2016 have come together from many sectors to galvanize and spur greater action.

 

Climate Action 2016 co-hosts are: Mr, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General; Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Mr. Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and Founding Partner, Compact of Mayors; Dr. Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility; Dr. Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation; Mr. Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, World Business Council on Sustainable Development; Mr. Nigel Topping, Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business; Dr. Wallace Loh, President, University of Maryland.

 

The co-hosts will be joined by partners including; European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Sustainable Energy for All, United Nations Foundation, World Resources Institute, International Bar Association, People+Planet Project, and the Global Brain.

 

 

How does the Summit link to other international processes?

 

While Climate Action 2016 is not part of the formal intergovernmental negotiation process on climate change, which occurs under the Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), it does look to provide momentum and support for that process.  By bringing multi-sectoral stakeholders together to discuss and demonstrate actions being taken and planned, Climate Action 2016 provides examples to national governments that show that we can take on climate change in ways that not only support the planet, but support people and economies as well.

 

 

What efforts have been taken to reduce the carbon footprint of Climate Action 2016?

 

Significant efforts have been made to ensure that Climate Action 2016 is a sustainable event.  The stage set is constructed from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified domestic oak, and most signage is printed on recycled cardboard core substrates.  Table centerpieces are potted herbs that will be donated to DC Public School gardens following the event.  Local vendors and food are utilized whenever possible, and printed literature is kept to a minimum thanks to the robust Climate Action 2016 app (iTunes, Google Play).  Additionally, Green-e® Climate certified Carbon Offsets have been donated by WGL Energy to counterbalance the emissions resulting from summit energy use, meals, hotels stays, and event transportation.

 

 

How do I register?

 

Please visit climateaction2016.eventfarm.com to complete your registration

 

 

 

Climate Action 2016 Summit / #ClimateAction

Press Conferences

May 5  /  8:00 AM  /  Doors open at 7:30 AM  /  Venue: Palm Court

C40 & Compact of Mayors Breakfast Briefing

 

The Honorable Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

Kgosientso Ramokgopa, The Honorable Executive Mayor of Tshwane

The Honorable Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal

 

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Compact of Mayors breakfast briefing and Q&A with the mayors of Paris, Tshwane and South Africa, and Montreal discussing how cities are implementing climate action following the Paris Agreement, presenting new analysis about the barriers cities face in cutting global carbon emissions, and unveiling a new joint initiative from New Climate Economy, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and C40 to help cities overcome those barriers.

 

Space is limited  /  please RSVP to Hayley Moller.

 

 

May 5  /  9:45 AM  /  Venue: Palm Court

MAIN PRESS CONFERENCE

 

participants

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group

H.E. Ms. Ségolène Royal, President of the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Mr. Stephen Catlin, Executive Deputy Chairman, XL Catlin and Representative of The Geneva Association

 

 

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