The Week Ahead: World Leaders to Meet in New York to Advance Action on Climate Change


The United Nation’s Climate Summit will be held Sept. 23 in New York, which is being billed by a top UN official as “the largest gathering of global leaders in history on the subject of climate.”

As covered in a Sept. 17 article, more than 120 world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are confirmed to attend the one-day climate summit. 

Bob Orr, the top climate official reporting to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said the success of the summit will depend on whether the leaders and the private sector bring concrete offers to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions. 

The summit will take place during Climate Week New York City, whose sponsors have organized hundreds of events from Sept. 22-28. 

McCarthy to Speak at Forum

In addition to attending the UN Climate Summit, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be the featured speaker Sept. 25 at a forum in Washington hosted by Resources for the Future. The event will also be webcast live. 

National League of Cities

On Sept. 22, the National League of Cities will meet in St. Paul, Minn., to discuss how to build more resilient and sustainable communities in the face of climate change and extreme weather. More than 50 elected officials from 12 cities in the Minnesota-Wisconsin region are expected to attend.

Other Climate, Energy Events

The Association of Climate Change Officers and Climate Week NYC will hold a summit Sept. 24-26 in New York on "2014 Rising Seas.” Featured speakers include Halldor Thorgeirsson, director for Strategy for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; Michael Boots, acting chair for the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Judith Enck, EPA Region 2 Administrator; David Heurtel, Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development and Environment; and Alice Hill, senior advisor for preparedness and resilience for President Barack Obama’s national security staff.

The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold an event Sept. 25 in Washington on "Early Action in the Clean Power Plan." Speakers include David Thornton, assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Ray Harry, senior director of governmental affairs for the Southern Company; and Megan Ceronsky, director of regulatory policy and senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund.

The Clean Energy States Alliance will hold a "2014 National Summit on Renewable Portfolio Standards" Sept. 22-23 in Washington. 

The Alliance to Save Energy will hold an "Energy 2030 Summit" in Washington. The summit will focus on actions the federal government can take to help spur activity at the state and local level to achieve the goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

ICF International will hold an event Sept. 24 in Washington on "Reforming the Energy Vision: How to Manage the Transition.” Featured speakers include Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York Public Service Commission and David Owens, executive vice president for the Edison Electric Institute's Business Operations Group. 



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