New York’s Climate Week in Global Spotlight

C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined The Climate Group yesterday in launching Climate Week NYC, a program of meetings, demonstrations, lectures and exhibitions that harness the City’s will to address climate change through local action -- and global collaboration.

Timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly meetings, this year’s Climate Week calls on world leaders from the government, NGO and business sectors to foment aClean Revolution: scaling-up clean energy, clean technologies and energy efficiency worldwide to meet growing energy demands in ways that mitigate climate impacts – and drive economic growth.

In his remarks at Climate Week’s Opening Ceremony, Mayor Bloomberg noted the climate impacts New York increasingly faces, including record-breaking rainfall over the past year. He highlighted New York’s landmark PlaNYC strategy to reduce New York’s carbon footprint 30 percent from 2005 levels, and implement a range of actions to reduce climate risks:

“More than four years ago we launched PlaNYC – our comprehensive strategy for creating a greener, greater New York and we’re well on our way to achieving its goals.  We are, for example, almost halfway to planting a million new trees citywide.  We’ve also passed a landmark ‘green buildings’ law that will cut energy costs and create up to 17,000 new jobs for New Yorkers.”

Joined by former Prime Minister Tony Blair,UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and theWorld Bank special envoy for climate change, Andrew Steer, Mayor Bloomberg also called attention to the C40’s efforts – particularly the agreement forged with the World Bank and announced at the C40 Mayor’s Summit in Sao Paulo earlier this year:

“It’s my privilege to be C40’s chair, and my pleasure to report that C40 is making huge strides in assisting the world’s cities in addressing climate change and mitigating its effects. At a meeting in Sao Paulo earlier this year, we forged an historic agreement with the World Bank – represented here today by Andrew Steer, the bank’s special representative on climate change. This partnership creates new opportunities to tap into the World Bank’s technical and financial resources to support climate change projects in cities worldwide. It will help leverage private investment in such projects as well.  And that’s completely in keeping with the mission of the Climate Group – which continues to take the lead in forging the public-private partnerships on climate change that are so crucial.” 

Stay tuned to further events and announcements by following Climate Week on Twitter @ClimateWeekNYC