NEW YORK, September 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Business and subnational leaders set out programmes to cut emissions, call on negotiators to match them
Key figures who will shape the outcome of December's UN climate conference in Paris came together yesterday in New York City alongside business and subnational leaders who set out major commitments to cut emissions and called on negotiators in Paris to match their ambition.
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The event coincided with a Financial Times advertisement from organizations working with 6 million companies calling for an ambitious climate deal.
Todd Stern, President Obama's Special Envoy for Climate Change, said:
"The stars are more aligned now for an historic universal agreement [in Paris] than they have ever been.
"So let's work together. Let's keep our eyes on the prize. And let's get this done."
Prakash Javadekar, India's Environment Minister confirmed publication of its INDC on October 1st, said:
"I believe Paris will be a success. We must ensure annual reviews so there is no backsliding. India is committed to building a green economic future because this will help poverty eradication."
Laurence Tubiana, French Government Special Ambassador for COP21, said:
"I've seen a sea change compared to previous years, particularly with the mobilisation of business, cities and subnational governments. Many world leaders are also now calling for deep decarbonisation, sending positive signals and creating the conditions for success."
Also speaking at the event were companies who announced plans to switch to 100% renewable energy, joining RE100 [http://www.there100.org ] and adopting new carbon targets, including Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Nike, Goldman Sachs, Siemens, Philips, IKEA, Kellogg, SkyPower, and BT.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said:
"The extraordinary wealth of climate action announced by governments, cities, investors and companies during Climate Week 2015 has been truly breathtaking. Confidence is building towards Paris and a new universal climate agreement."
Climate Week NYC [http://www.climateweeknyc.org ] is organized by The Climate Group [http://www.theclimategroup.org ] and is an annual international event that brings together leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, said:
"The wind is in our sails. A deal in Paris is now highly likely, and judging from the commitment of key businesses and major economic regions, we may be on the cusp of a major transition to a prosperous, low carbon economy."
Beth Woodthorpe-Evans | The Climate Group
The Climate Group