Under2 Coalition Climate Week NYC round-up

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4 October 2019

Climate Week NYC is the world’s biggest climate week that takes place alongside the UN General Assembly and brings together international leaders from business, government and civil society to showcase global climate action.

This year, we convened over 1,000 delegates, 300 speakers and 4 national ministers to attend 23 events, as well as bilateral meetings, networking sessions and interviews.  

Governors on stage at Opening Ceremony 

The Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC saw two US governors from Under2 Coalition states – Governor Gavin Newsom, California and Governor Jay Inslee, Washington – address the audience to highlight the high potential of subnational governments in accelerating climate action.

Speaking on ‘What governments must do’, Governor Newsom highlighted California’s leadership in climate change mitigation and the strength that the state has in accelerating change despite drawbacks from the national government.

Latin American leaders commit to accelerate climate action 

At a crucial time for state & regional governments to step up their climate action, 14 of the Under2 Coalition’s Latin American members pledged their support by signing the Declaration of Santa Fe.

Eleven state and regional governments and one city made the pledge at the Climate Summit of the Americas. A further two Mexican states – Jalisco and Oaxaca – signed the declaration at Climate Week NYC.

Sarah Duffy, Under2 Coalition Government Relations Manager for the Americas, commented: 

“The Declaration of Santa Fe is a fantastic framework that will allow Latin American states to share strategies to tackle climate change while positioning the region as a key international player in climate change mitigation."

Under2 Coalition Members' Forum 

We were delighted to welcome 22 members to the Under2 Coalition Members' Forum held during Climate Week NYC to celebrate the work of the coalition, showcase member examples of climate leadership and identify opportunities to accelerate climate action while influencing global ambition.

For a relatively brief meeting, we covered a lot of ground. We heard from U.S. members about concrete actions taken this year, received an update from Tim Ash Vie Under2 Coalition Secretariat Director, and learned about our partner NREL’s work supporting states to implement their 100% renewable electricity goals.

'Action & Reward' event explores what makes credible climate action

Through a series of panel discussions, ‘Action and Reward’ explored the benefits that states, regions, cities and businesses who meet ambitious climate commitments can access.

The event highlighted how states, regions, cities, and businesses that demonstrate high accountability for their climate action can reap rewards by unlocking investment and innovation, and how this, in turn, can lead to increased customer engagement and building public trust.

At the event, Gonzalo Muñoz, Chile’s new COP25 High-Level Climate Action Champion said:

"The COP25 Presidency priority is to fill the map of the world with climate actions and we're all invited to fill it."

We will now be taking this conversation forward with partners at COP25. Watch this space!

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