Hosted by The Climate Group, Climate Week NYC takes place annually during the UN General Assembly and draws world leaders together with experts on climate change. The event provides a unique platform for policymakers, investors, CEOs, academic institutions and NGOs to showcase climate action successes and discuss challenges ahead.

WRI experts will join these conversations, providing the science, data and analysis needed to help the public and private sectors contribute to raising their ambition and implementing their commitments under the Paris agreement.

Here are highlights of WRI's participation:

Champions 12.3 - 2018 Progress Report Release

Leaders from a wide range of sectors gather to discuss the most recent innovations being made to address Sustainable Development Goal 12.3: the reduction of food loss and waste. The progress report being presented will share the creative new strategies, public-private partnerships, technologies, and commitments that have been implemented in 2018 to meet the target goal.

Date: September 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM (EDT)

Light lunch and beer tasting provided after the event


Project Farmhouse
76 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10003


  • Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco and Chair, Champions 12.3
  • Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
  • Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute
  • Gilbert Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Event Contact: Jillian Holzer

Building Tomorrow’s Cities Today –A ‘Renovation Roadmap’ for Our Cities

A focus on fuel-efficient, resilient cities is vital to addressing climate change. The panel will discuss how energy efficient buildings and smart renovation can help achieve the Paris climate goals, as well as the partnerships and collaborations needed to accelerate building renovations.

Date: September 25, 2018 11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM


237 Park Ave
New York, NY 10018


  • Jim Young Kim, President of the World Bank (TBC)
  • Emma Stewart, Director of Urban Efficiency & Climate, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

Event Contact: Emma Stewart

RE100 Members Forum

By invitation only. Four years after it was launched, RE100 now gathers more than 140 members creating around 180 TWh of demand. The Forum will strengthen the voices of leading corporate consumers of renewable electricity and unlock barriers to rapid progress against 100% targets by identifying priorities for collaborative and coordinated action, expanding peer-to-peer learning and delivering a vital networking opportunity.

Date: September 25, 2018

Event Contact: Alex Perera

Best Practices in Addressing Scope 3 Emissions

In most sectors, the majority of a company's emissions are generated outside of the its direct operations/control. Gold Standard, Navigant and Science Based Targets initiative invite you to an interactive workshop to discuss emerging best practices in addressing corporate value chain (scope 3) greenhouse gas emissions.

Come learn about and discuss:

  • The latest best practices in formulating ambition and tracking progress in reducing scope 3 emissions
  • A draft accounting framework on value chain interventions

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Location: Convene, 101 Park Ave, New York, NY 10178

Event contact: Chendan Yan

Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants

Ministerial Roundtable

By invitation only. Ministers from member countries discuss signing on to the coalition’s Talanoa Statement launched at the Global Climate Action Summit by Norway.  The commitment to lead global actions that can avoid 0.6 degrees Celsius of temperature increase between now and 2050 through actions to mitigate short-lived climate pollutants, or “super pollutants,” has been endorsed by WRI.

Date: September 26, 2018


  • Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway
  • Katherine McKenna, Minister of Climate, Canada (invited)
  • Helena Molin Valdes, Head of CCAC Secretariat
  • Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, WRI
  • Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme
  • And others

The Road to Replenishment: Restoring Confidence in the Green Climate Fund

Public event. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) – the main global mechanism for channelling investments to critical climate action projects in developing countries – is facing a crisis of confidence. A new WRI working paper, Setting the Stage for the GCF’s First Replenishment, explores two sets of issues that are fundamental to the GCF’s success and that need to be addressed simultaneously: reliable funding and board governance. Please join the paper’s authors for a presentation and discussion of their key recommendations. Participants are asked to register in advance.

Date: September 27, 2018 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)


The Westin New York Grand Central
212 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017


  • Jacob Waslander, Senior Associate (author)
  • Patricia Quijano Vallejos, Research Analyst (author)
  • Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, WRI
  • Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Global Director of the Sustainable Finance Center, WRI
  • Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Event Contact: Jacob Waslander

Early Ratification of the Escazú Agreement: Regional Action on Environmental Democracy to fulfill the vision of the 2030 SDG Agenda

Building on the signing of the Escazú Agreement in Costa Rica on March 4, 2018, WRI will host an event to encourage additional countries to sign and ratify the Agreement — a vital international treaty that guarantees protections of the environment and the strengthening of human rights for environmental defenders. The Agreement opens for signatures on the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. Event attendees are asked to register in advance.  

Date: September 27, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  (EDT)


224 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019


  • Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of the Republic of Costa Rica
  • Andrew Steer, President, WRI
  • Carole Excell, Acting Director of the Access Initiative, WRI
  • Other government representatives, environmental defenders, and speakers from co-sponsors CIVICUS, Amnesty International, Namati, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Open Society Foundation, and UNECLAC

Event Contact: Carole Excell