With 77 days until Copenhagen
, New York City is hosting the largest summit on climate change to gain momentum for arguably the most important conference of our time. Climate Week NYC
brings together representatives from the 192 countries in the United Nations, business and civic leaders and the public in over 60 events. All this in the next five days.
The most important event will take place within the walls of the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday, as Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon convenes his High Level Summit on Climate Change
. "But wait," you may ask. "I thought Copenhagen was the big climate conference! Isn't this summit thing just redundant?" Ah, far from it! In Copenhagen, there are 280 pages to negotiate in 15 days with 192 countries. With this daunting task ahead, the summit serves to "mobilize the political will and vision needed to reach an ambitious agreed outcome based on science at the U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen," according to Ki-Moon. It is a face-to-face discussion, not
a negotiating session.
But unless you're a journalist or the prime minister of Sweden, the U.N. Summit is beyond our access. There will be a live webcast
of the precedings starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, and I will be posting a summary of the event this weekend. Other significant (but out of the public's reach) events to keep your eye on will be a discussion on U.S.-China Clean Energy Cooperation and a roundtable on solutions to speed the adoption of electric vehicles (both hosted by The Climate Group
), and the opening ceremony, featuring talks from Ban Ki-Moon himself and Tony Blair -- from which I will be reporting. Stay tuned!
Luckily for all of us, there are 59 other events coinciding with the U.N.'s precedings, most of which we can attend. Below are some of the highlights; more information is available on the Climate Week's website
Tuesday, Sept. 22:
Other than the U.N. precedings, there is an interesting Eco-Entreprenuer Showcase
in Manhattan at 5:30 p.m.; a ticket and RSVP are required. A conference on using the Millennium Development goals to solve climate change, starting at 3 p.m., also sounds fascinating. You can RSVP and find more information here