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PR- 285-09
June 23, 2009

MAYOR BLOOMBERG, UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON AND THE CLIMATE GROUP ANNOUNCE "CLIMATE WEEK NYC" TO BE HELD THIS SEPTEMBER DURING THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Five Days of Workshops, Seminars, Cultural Events Aimed at Pushing New Global Policies on Climate Change

climateweeknyc.org to Serve as Information Hub for Activities

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group, and Paul Dickinson, CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project, today announced Climate Week NYC, a five-day program of events being held throughout New York City from September 21 - 25 that will address the urgent need for action on climate change. The Climate Group, an international organization that brings governments and businesses together to tackle climate change, will serve as the secretariat for the Climate Week NYC activities, which will focus on carbon emission reduction, alternative energy, LED lighting and super grids. As a member of the HSBC Climate Partnership, The Climate Group works with New York and other world cities to accelerate low carbon development. 

"This fall, our City will be honored not only to host the annual UN General Assembly, but also to enthusiastically support Climate Week NYC and the summit on climate change on September 22nd.  The summit will spotlight the urgent need for action, both to slow the pace of climate change, and also to adapt to the environmental effects of global warming that are already underway."

"We are far beyond the point of debate over whether climate change is real," said Secretary-General Ban.  "I have seen the impacts of climate change first-hand.  I have met families whose crops have been withered by droughts. Billions of people are at risk.  Never before has there been such universal acknowledgement that now is the time for decisive action.  And just as we have collectively contributed to the creation of this problem, we must also collectively implement solutions.   I commend the Climate Group for creating a dynamic platform through which the public, organizations and private business can participate in this process in a direct and meaningful way."

The event will coincide with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.  Mr. Ban announced that he is inviting all world leaders for a one-day summit on global climate change on September 22, a day before the opening of the general debate of the UN General Assembly. Over a hundred leaders are expected to participate and provide political impetus and direction to the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations to reach agreement on a new climate deal in Copenhagen in December.

The United Nations Foundation is a vital member of the Climate Week NYC team, working to connect a diverse array of advocacy groups with their counterparts in the UN system in order to jointly push for a new climate deal in Copenhagen.

The Climate Group is launching a Web site, www.climateweeknyc.org, that will be updated regularly with details on descriptions, locations and times of events, and information on how the public can participate or attend.  Some events will be coordinated directly by The Climate Group, while others will be organized by other partner organizations.  Organizations that wish to have their events partnered with Climate Week NYC can call can call Callum Grieve at 646.233.0552, or e-mail him at cgrieve@theclimategroup.org.

"Influential US partnerships and smarter choices will be critical to tackling global warming and setting the world on a pathway to a prosperous low carbon future," said Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group.  "As world leaders gather in New York, Climate Week NYC will let everyone know that the time for change is now."

"Climate change is a global problem and we need a global solution," said Paul Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon Disclosure Project, which will launch the first event of Climate Week NYC.  "The world's major companies are calling on governments to create incentives and regulation to support them in delivering low carbon solutions.  Climate Week NYC will help connect corporations, investors, government and the consumer so we can work together to stop dangerous climate change."

"As a leading global reinsurer, Swiss Re is acutely aware of the risks associated with climate change," said Raj Singh, Chief Risk Officer of Swiss Re, the founding sponsor of  Climate Week NYC.  "The insurance industry is increasingly affected by weather related losses which have grown from USD 5 billion per year in today's money between 1970 and 1989, to USD 28 billion per year since then.  Swiss Re is committed to finding practical solutions to assist society's adaptation to climate change and manage the risks it faces.  We are proud to be the founding sponsor of Climate Week NYC, a platform for dialogue among policy makers and to engage with the people of New York City."







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