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About the Event

One year ago, President Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted by 195 countries in 2015.

On Wednesday, May 30, in Washington, D.C., the World Resources Institute (WRI) hosted an event to reflect on the state of climate action in the United States and internationally. The discussion featured remarks by Todd Stern, former U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, and included leaders in finance, government and international relations.

This event was time to look at what has happened on climate action since the announcement -- both where has there been progress and what more needs to be done at the local, national and international levels.

The event was open to the public and members of the media.


  • Todd Stern, former United States Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State

  • Selwin Hart, Ambassador of Barbados to the United States and Former Director of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team

  • Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Virginia

  • Ben Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the Environment

  • Valerie Smith, Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Sustainability, Citi

  • David Waskow, International Climate Director, World Resources Institute

  • Moderated by Andrew Light, Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute

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