International Copper Association Discusses Copper's Influence on Sustainable Development Goals During Climate Week NYC's Opening Ceremony Luncheon

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthony (Tony) Lea, president of the International Copper Association (ICA), spoke to an audience of global climate leaders yesterday as part of the opening ceremonies of Climate Week NYC. Mr. Lea discussed the copper industry's strong alignment with the United Nation's (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Climate Week NYC brings together influential global figures--and new voices--from the worlds of business, government and society who are leading the low carbon transition. Events, activities and high-profile meetings are planned across NYC to discuss America's role in leading global climate action and ask what must be done to unleash the next wave of climate and clean energy innovation.

At its highest level, sustainable development is at the core of the work of the ICA and the copper industry. ICA President Tony Lea, states, "Copper and the copper industry are critical to sustainable development and to a higher quality of life. While this higher quality of life is often associated with the developed world, there are over three billion people on the planet who seek to have the same quality of life." This audience represents a new global middle class set to emerge between now and 2030.

Mr. Lea's address followed keynote speeches and panel discussions with high-profile climate leaders from the U.S. government, the U.N. and leading global businesses, including Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy; Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative for the U.N. Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All; and Jonathan Pershing, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change. Nearly 350 people attended the opening ceremony.

A greener, healthier and more sustainable future relies on the use of copper. Much of ICA's work advances the U.N.'s SDGs, which provide a 15-year framework for addressing mankind's most critical issues. ICA is a proud partner of United for Efficiency, which works under the umbrella of the U.N.s' Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Information about ICA's focus on the SDGs can be found at [], a website focused on copper and the environment.

About the International Copper Association (ICA)

ICA brings together the global copper industry to develop and defend markets for copper and to make a positive contribution to society's sustainable-development goals. Headquartered in New York, the organization has offices in four primary regions: Asia, Europe and Africa, Latin America and North America. Copper Alliance(®) programs and initiatives are executed in nearly 60 countries through its regional offices. For additional information please visit [].

About Copper Alliance

The Copper Alliance is a network of regional copper centers and their industry-leading members developed by the International Copper Association. The Copper Alliance is responsible for guiding policy and strategy and for funding international initiatives and promotional activities. Copper Alliance programs and initiatives are executed in more than 60 countries through its regional offices and country-level copper promotion centers.

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