In line with Sustainable Development Goal 7, ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, the Forum aims to accelerate collective action towards sustainable energy systems to secure sufficient and sustainable energy to support economic growth, remove energy poverty and reduce GHG emissions to achieve the 1.5 degree threshold. The Forum will identify ways of accelerating the energy transition and support ambitious commitments to do so in 2020 and beyond.
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2:00 – 6:00 PM EDT
Location Details: Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, New York City
Organizers/Partners: Government of Denmark, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Sustainable Energy for All
Seleshi Bekele Awulachew (Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia)
Dan Jørgensen (Minister for Climate, Energy & Utilities, Denmark)
Rachel Kyte (Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, CEO of SEforAll)
Isabelle Kocher (CEO, Engie)
Fatih Birol (Executive Director, International Energy Agency)
Francesco La Camera (Director-General, IRENA)
Amani Abou-Zei (Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission)
Helen Mountford (Vice President for Climate and Economics, World Resource Institute)
Barbara Buchner (Senior Director, Climate Policy Initiative)
John Loughhead (Chair of Mission Innovation Steering Committee)
Mette Frederiksen (Prime Minister of Denmark)
Sahle-Work Zewde (President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia)
The launch of the Coalition for Urban Transitions' 2019 Global Report, in partnership with the UK, German and Swedish governments and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. The report demonstrates how national governments can secure shared economic prosperity and avert climate catastrophe by transforming cities. Featuring distinguished speakers including Christiana Figueres and Lord Nicholas Stern, this event will bring together leaders from national and local governments, industry, finance, and the urban and climate communities to accelerate ambition in the face of the climate emergency.
Protecting and restoring forests: NYDF 5-year Assessment Report Launch (PUBLIC)
Since the New York Declaration on Forests was adopted in 2014, progress on ending deforestation and restoring forestlands has not lived up to the high level of ambition enshrined in its ten goals. As part of Forests and Restoration Day, NYDF Assessment Partners will
present a 5-year assessment of progress on protecting and restoring forests: where we are and what are the priorities ahead. Presentations and a panel on the state of forests will take place (Livestream available via Twitter).
Date: Sunday, September 22, 3:00 – 6:00 PM EDT
Location Details: Convene, 101 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10178
Organizers/Partners: Climate Focus, UN, IUCN, TNC, TFA, WWF, and WRI
At the Summit, leaders from around the world are expected to pledge to increase action in achieving these goals and reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century, while demonstrating how these steps will reduce inequality, strengthen economies, better health, and secure a prosperous planet for all. WRI will capture commitments as they are announced along with commentary from experts.
Securing our Future: People, Food and Nature solving the Planetary Emergency (PUBLIC)
Providing healthy, safe and affordable food to 9 billion people in 2030 while protecting vital natural systems which sustain life will be one of the defining challenges of the coming decade. This event will showcase ambitious leadership and innovative partnerships that will transform food and land use to deliver resilient ecosystems and livelihoods, and unlock the potential for nature-based solutions to solve the climate crisis.
Date: Sunday, September 22, 6:00 - 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location Details: Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street, NYC
Organizers/Partners: The Food and Land Use Coalition, WRI, National Geographic, World Economic Forum, UNDP, Conservation International, EAT, and others.
H.E President Alvarado of Costa Rica
Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat, UN Convention on Biological Diversity
M. Sanjayan, Chief Executive Officer, Conservation International
Farhana Yamin, International Lawyer and Climate Activist
Sam Kass, Partner, Acre Venture Partners and Former White House Chef and Senior Advisor for Nutrition, Obama Administration
Selection of the 2019 P4G State-of-the-Art Partnership of the Year winner. Five innovative partnerships representing the SDGs P4G addresses will present the merits of their partnership to a global panel of judges, who then will vote for the P4G Partnership of the Year.
Date: Monday, September 23, Noon – 2:00 PM (EDT)
Location Details: 10 Hudson Yards, 48th Floor, SAP
Scaling up effective community-driven solutions to protect the rainforest and tackle the climate crisis (PRIVATE)
A growing number of Indigenous communities in Central and South America are harnessing the power of high resolution satellite imagery, sophisticated drone equipment, and the latest smart-phone technology to precisely document and act on threats to their lands such as fires, gold-mining, logging, and deforestation for agriculture. This event will showcase first-hand accounts from Indigenous environmental defenders who are converting technology into action and the scientists who are assisting them in protecting the rainforest and highlight the findings of a rigorous scientific study carried out by Columbia University that measures the impact of community-based forest monitoring on combating deforestation in Indigenous territories of the Peruvian Amazon.
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)
Location Details: Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017 Event
Organizers/Partners: Presented by the Rainforest Foundation US, in partnership with the Tenure Facility, ORPIO, COICA, the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities, and the World Resources Institute
Alec Baldwin, actor & activist
Allan Asturias, Monitoring and technology field coordinator ACOFOP/AMPB, Guatemala
Betty Rubio Padilla & Francisco Hernandez, regional field indigenous representatives and technology coordinators of ORPIO, in Loreto, Peru
Coimbra Sirica, Burness Communications
Jessica Webb, Senior Manager, World Resources Institute
Jorge Perez, President of ORPIO
Michael McGarrell, Amerindian Peoples Association of Guyana
Nonette Royo, Executive Director, the Tenure Facility
Steve Kemler, Managing Partner, Stone Arch Group, LLC
Suzanne Pelletier, Executive Director, Rainforest Foundation US
Tara Slough, Ph.D. Political Science & principal investigator of the study, Columbia University
Todd Crider, Vice-Chair, Rainforest Foundation US
Tom Bewick, Peru Director, Rainforest Foundation US
Tuntiak Katán, Coordinator of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities & Vice Coordinator, COICA
Join Champions 12.3 – the world’s leading coalition of public and private sector executives working to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 – for landmark announcements in the fight against food loss and waste. An astounding 8% of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions result each year from food that is produced and never eaten. Find out if the world is on track to meet the global goal on reducing food loss and waste, where momentum is picking up, and how you can play an important role. Stay after for a light lunch and networking.
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM (EDT)
Location Details: Apella, 450 East 29th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10016
Organizers/Partners: The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and World Resources Institute
Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary, UN Climate Change Convention & Founding Partner, Global Optimism
Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive of Tesco
Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder, CEO and Group & Managing Director of Olam International
Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank
Hans Hoogeveen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture
Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste at WRI
Denis Machuel, CEO of Sodexo
Theo De Jager, President of World Farmers' Organisation
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Co-Chair of Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture
Marcus Gover, Chief Executive of WRAP
Michael La Cour, Managing Director of IKEA Food Services AB
The ocean has taken the brunt of human-made climate change, absorbing 93% of heat trapped by rising greenhouse gas emissions and taking up 30% of our carbon emissions. But while climate change is having a devastating effect on our coastal communities, coral reefs and sea life, new research shows the ocean can also be a source of innovation and hope in the climate change flight. Join us on September 24 in New York City for a presentation of the report “The Ocean as a Solution for Climate Change: 5 Opportunities for Action” which will show that the ocean and coastal regions can play a much bigger role in shrinking the world's carbon footprint and limiting global temperature rise than previously realized. The report is from High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP), an ambitious effort led by 14 serving Heads of Government to highlight the importance of a healthy ocean in realizing future economic opportunities while at the same time ensuring its conservation and sustainable use. During this TED-style talk, authors of the report and other key representatives from the HLP will discuss the findings and explore how to put in place public policies to advance these ocean-based strategies and confront the threat of climate change.
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 4:45 – 6:15 PM (EDT)
Location: Park Hub, Convene 101 Park Avenue New York, NY 10178 United States
Organizers/Partners: High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy as part of The Nature Conservancy's Nature Hub
Over delicious food and drink, hear how hotels, hospitals, restaurants and company cafeterias are using cutting-edge behavioral science to slash food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030. Come for a tasting of plant-forward cooking from celebrity chef Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark restaurant, with a side of innovative climate action through the new Cool Food Pledge.
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 4:00 – 6:00 PM (EDT)
Location Details: Riverpark, 450 E 29th St, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10016
Organizers/Partners: World Resources Institute, UN Environment, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, Climate Focus, and EAT
Andrew Steer, President and CEO of World Resources Institute
Michael La Cour, Managing Director, IKEA Food Services
AB Kaj Torok, Chief Sustainability Officer, Max Burgers
Momentum behind net-zero emissions is steadily building. Informed by the IPCC SR15, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has developed and is refining a working definition of net-zero targets in the corporate sector, and is developing more detailed guidance and recommendations for the formulation, implementation and assessment of corporate net-zero targets. This roundtable will seek feedback from thought leaders on the working definition and a first draft of principles to inform corporate net-zero targets.. The round table will be followed by a reception starting at 5:00 pm.
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2:00 – 5:00 PM (EDT)
Location Details: 685 3rd Avenue (entrance on 44th Street), 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017