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Major Climate Commitments




9:00 a.m.

Opening Performance

Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Indian Canyon Mutsun Band of Costanoan Ohlone People

Meet the Master of Ceremonies

Linda Douglass, Head of Communications, Bloomberg L.P.

Welcome to California

Mayor London Breed, City of San Francisco

This Urgent Moment

9:10 a.m.

National Geographic Video

Narrated by Robert Redford, Actor and Director

Message from an Island Nation

Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Barbados

Indigenous and Tribal Leaders Call for Climate Action

Francisca Oliveira de Lima Costa, Coordinator, Organization of Indigenous Teachers of Acre

Dana Tizya-Tramm, Tribal Councillor, Vuntut Gwitchin Government, Old Crow, Yukon Territory

When Climate Catastrophe Hits Home

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Republic of Fiji

Climate Leadership

9:30 a.m.

The Importance of 2020

Christiana Figueres, Founding Partner, Global Optimism and Convenor, Mission 2020

Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Building on Paris: Achieving our Climate Goals

Mayor Anne Hidalgo, City of Paris

Leadership: What Cities, States, Businesses, Investors and Civil Society Have Achieved Together

Moderator:   Emily Chang, Anchor and Executive Producer, Bloomberg Technology



Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International

Kevin Johnson, President and CEO, Starbucks

Brian Deese, Global Head of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock

Governor Phil Murphy, State of New Jersey

The Leadership Report: A Summary of Aggregate Action

Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics

Angel Hsu Assistant Professor, Yale-NUD College and Director, Data-Driven Yale 

The Path to Peaking Climate Pollution

10:30 a.m.

Powering Past Coal

The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada

The Honorable Shane Rattenbury, Ministry for Climate Change and Sustainability, Australian Capital Territory

Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS College and Director, Data-Driven Yale

High Road Jobs and the Clean Energy Economy

Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman & CEO, Kaiser Permanente

The Innovation We Need

Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce

Cleaner Global Ports

Stientje van Veldhoven, Minister for the Environment, The Netherlands

Allard Castelein, President & CEO, Port of Rotterdam Authority

Global Carbon Markets: Pricing Carbon, Growing Economies

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission

China’s Climate Action, Achievements and the Path to 2020

Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative on Climate Change Affairs, China

A Brighter Future

11:10 a.m.

Delivering the Clean Energy Economy

Moderator: Van Jones, President & Co-Founder, Dream Corps



Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston, Texas

The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada

Alexandra Palt, Chief Sustainability Officer, L’Oreal

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd  

Driving Climate Action Further, Faster

Introduced by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader

Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, Founder, Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th Mayor of New York City

Thriving Planet — A New Hope for the Next Generation

Harrison Ford, Vice-Chair, Conservation International

The Power of Youth to Make Change

Aamito Lagum, Fashion Model, Entrepreneur, and Activist

Bernice Dapaah, Founder and CEO, Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative

Risalat Khan, Global Campaigner, Avaaz Foundation

Musical Finish

Rocky Dawuni, Musician and Humanitarian Activist

12:00 p.m. 


High-Level Thematic Dialogues

These high-level dialogues will focus on the Summit’s five thematic “Challenge Areas” reflecting on the key building blocks required to peak global emissions by 2020 and achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. Challenging people, communities, societies, and economies around the world to ‘step up,’ these sessions will highlight the past achievements and new commitments  of leading actors across five key issue areas: Healthy Energy Systems, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land and Ocean Stewardship, and Transformative Climate Investments

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

Healthy Energy Systems — Our Clean and Renewable Future

To beat climate change, the world is racing toward a future where energy is clean and 100 percent renewable. Technological advances mean that renewable energy now costs the same as fossil fuels – and in many cases is cheaper. Demand for clean energy is growing fast as states and regions, cities and businesses move to deploy solar, wind, storage and smart grids, and every trend points toward a healthier, carbon-pollution free future. In this session, mayors, governors, executives and activists will speak and make new announcements about this clean energy revolution.


Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group

The Clean Energy Transformation

Wang Tianqi, Director General, Jiangsu Environmental Protection Bureau

Health and Clean Energy

Dr. Aparna Bole, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland and Co-Chair, Health Care Without Harm Board


Eileen Rockefeller Growald, Co-founder, Growald Family Fund

Achieving 100% Renewable Energy

Moderator: Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group

Panelists: The Honorable Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Australian Capital Territory

The Honorable Verónica Geese, Secretary of State for Energy, Government of the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina

Kahori Miyake, Executive Officer, AEON

Erica Mackie, Co-founder & CEO, Grid Alternatives

Mayor Nanda Jichkar, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, India


Pierre Ramadier, Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head, Wealth Management, Bank of the West

Citizens Calling For 100% Renewables

Wael Hmaidan, CEO, CAN International

Closing Remarks

Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group

Businesses Stepping Up with Science-Based Targets

In January 2018, Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group, issued a challenge to increase the number of companies around the world that commit to reduce their carbon pollution in alignment with science. Known as “Science-Based Targets,” these commitments inform management decisions to protect both future growth and a climate-safe future. In this myth-busting session, executives from a diverse array of global companies that are committing to this rigorous approach will offer a blueprint for how they are tackling stringent emission reduction targets while improving their market competitiveness.


Aron Cramer, President & CEO, BSR

Myth: High-emitting industries and companies in emerging economies can’t implement SBTs

Mahindra Singhi, CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited

Myth: The apparel industry can’t aggressively reduce emissions in its supply chain

Liz O’Neill, Executive Vice President and President, Product, Innovation & Supply Chain, Levi Strauss & Co.

Myth: Big restaurant companies don’t care about climate, and cannot influence their franchisees or supply chain

Robert Gibbs, Chief Communications Officer, McDonald’s Corporation

Myth: Companies with large supply chains can’t set goals beyond scope two

Katharina Stenholm, Senior Vice-President, Chief Cycle and Procurement Officer, Danone

Myth: Companies with diverse product portfolios can’t set goals beyond scope two

Laura Phillips, Senior Vice President for Global Sustainability, Walmart

Affirming the Importance of Science-Based Targets

Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Mahindra Group


Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. 

Climate Safe Communities for All: Cities Delivering the Paris Agreement

Cities matter. Although just 2 percent  of the global land area, they consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of carbon pollution. Join mayors from around the world as they take the stage to pledge that their cities will develop inclusive climate action plans by the end of 2020 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Welcome: Introducing Deadline 2020

Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40

Video: “We All Live Here Together”

Cities Leading the Way by Committing to Ambitious Action

Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille, Cape Town

Deadline 2020: Signing Ceremony

The Deadline 2020 Mayors

1:45 – 2:40 p.m. 

Green and Healthy Streets: Transitioning to Zero Emission Transport

How we get from point A to B is changing at light speed. Mayors and civic leaders continue to expand public transportation systems and are working to ensure that these systems are pollution-free. As a complement to cleaner transit systems, cities are investing in bike infrastructure and walkability, building developments that are convenient to public transit and adapting to the new innovations including ride and bike sharing and autonomous vehicles. Many mayors are so confident in these rapidly evolving trends that they are pledging to make whole city districts carbon-free transportation zones by 2030. Join these global mayors, technical experts and private sector executives to learn how city leaders are planning to make whole city districts carbon-free by 2030, and how transportation innovation is changing mobility and improving health and economic outcomes around the globe.

Introduction to Green and Healthy Streets

Antha Williams, Environment Program Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies

New Signatories to the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration

Moderator: Antha Williams


Panelists: Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Mayor Federico Gutiérrez-Zuluaga, City of Medellín, Colombia

Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, City of Warsaw, Poland

Business and Labor Helping to Deliver Green and Healthy Streets

Moderator: Antha Williams

Panelists: Stephen Cotton, Secretary General, International Transport Workers’ Federation

Enhancing Planning with Big Data Technologies   

Rebecca Moore, Head of Google Earth, Earth Engine, and Outreach, Google

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. 

Food, Forests, Climate! A Special Taping of Here’s the Thing! with Alec Baldwin

Through his “Here’s the Thing” podcast, award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives his listeners unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers.  Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments and offices of extraordinary people from all areas of life. Alec pursues great conversations in unexpected places to find out what motivates his guests, how they feel about what they do and what keeps them up at night. In this live-to-tape episode, Alec explores the importance of forests and food to winning the fight against climate change.

Here’s the Thing!

Host and Moderator: Alec Baldwin, Actor and Host of Here’s the Thing!

Panelists: Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Founder Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

What We Eat and How It’s Grown: Food Systems and Climate

What people eat and how it is produced is a key piece of the climate solution; one-third of global emissions come from food production. More than one-third of the food produced globally every year is also wasted, even as people go hungry. Fortunately, there are many efforts underway to reduce emissions from farm to fork and beyond. In this session, join the farmers, producers, chefs, businesses and experts improving production, challenging us to eat better, reducing organic waste by diverting it to end uses like compost and changing the global food system for the better.

Intro to the Forest, Food, and Land Sessions

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Global Lead, Climate and Energy, WWF International

How We Grow: Sustainable Food Production

Moderator: Secretary Karen Ross, Department of Food and Agriculture, California

Panelists: Zwide Jere, Managing Director, Total Land Care

Judith Redmond, Owner, Full Belly Farms

The Honorable James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, New Zealand

Announcement: FoodShot

Victor Friedberg, Founder and Chairman, FoodShot Global

Climate-Smart, Healthy Eating and Food Waste

Moderator: Secretary Karen Ross, Department of Food and Agriculture, California

Panelists: Ted Monk, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Sodexo

Steven Satterfield, Executive Chef and  Co-Owner, Miller Union

Mayor Ted Wheeler, City of Portland, Oregon

Global Soil Health Challenge Announcement

Secretary Karen Ross, Department of Food and Agriculture, California

Technology: Rapidly Accelerating Land Sector Progress

Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft

Concluding Remarks

Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Global Lead, Climate and Energy, WWF International

The Investor Agenda: Accelerating Action for a Low-Carbon World

Smart investors recognize both the economic risks of climate change and the opportunities presented by investing in climate action. The Investor Agenda is a comprehensive agenda for investors to manage climate risks and capture carbon-free opportunities, and a mechanism to report on their progress in four key focus areas: Investment, Corporate Engagement, Investor Disclosure and Policy Advocacy. In this session, investors will highlight the importance of The Investor Agenda and discuss actions, such as increasing investments in clean energy and phasing out investments in fossil fuels, that they are taking to achieve a carbon-pollution free world.

The Investor Agenda: Pension Fund Perspectives

Moderator: Mindy Lubber, President & CEO, Ceres

Panelists: Kristian Fok, Chief Investment Officer, Cbus Super Fund

Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO, Pensionskassernes Administration A/S (PKA); Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

Michael Sabia, President and CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Dr. Gerard van Olphen, CEO, APG Group

Betty T. Yee, State Controller, the State of California

The Investor Agenda: Asset Manager, Bank, Insurer & Foundation Perspectives

Moderator: Paul Simpson, CEO and Co-Founder, CDP

Panelists: Emily Chew, Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Research and Integration, Manulife Asset Management

Dr. Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund

Dr. Günther Thallinger, Member of the Board of Management, Allianz SE, Investment Management, ESG

Dr. Jianyu Zhang, President & CEO, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA) NA

The Investor Agenda: Government Perspective

The Honorable Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Ireland

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. 

The Zero Emission Transportation Revolution

The future of transportation is zero carbon – and demand is steadily accelerating for fully electric and hydrogen vehicles. Utilities and businesses are increasingly installing infrastructure for drivers to charge or refuel these pollution-free vehicles at home, at work and on the go. In this session, hear from the cities, states and regions, utilities and companies that have answered the “ZEV Challenge”– pledging to use their purchasing power and policy influence to accelerate the zero-emission vehicle future.


Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

Scene-Setter: Our Rapidly Evolving Transportation Landscape

President Stefano Bonaccini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Market Shift: Demand for Zero Emission Vehicles to Hit the Road

Moderator: Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

Panelists: Jesper Brodin, President and CEO, IKEA Group

The Honorable Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Scotland

Ryan Popple, President and CEO, Proterra

Leanne Enoch, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Shenzhen: An Electric (Bus) Story

Wu You, Deputy Secretary General, Shenzhen Municipal Government

The Utilities Transforming Transportation

Moderator: Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

Panelists: Tom Fanning, Chairman, President, and CEO, Southern Company

Ronald O. Nichols, President, Southern California Edison

Creating a Just Transition: Decent Jobs and Climate Action

Workers, management and investors all have a stake in providing a livable, healthy environment for their children and future generations. As the economy shifts decisively toward healthier, cleaner sources of energy, a commensurate, equitable transition must be managed for workers and communities to ensure that climate action creates new, decent jobs. Around the world, workers and labor organizations have stepped up to the challenge. This session brings together labor leaders, CEOs and government leaders who have been working together to achieve a more fully inclusive transition to a climate-safe future.

Decent Work in the Clean Energy Economy

Moderator: Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Panelists: Thomas Brostrøm, President, Ørsted North America

Stephen Chege, Director of Corporate Affairs, Safaricom Limited

Georgios Papadimitriou, CEO of Enel Green Power North America

Climate Plans Fostering a Just Transition

Moderator: Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation  

Panelists: Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen, The City Council of Oslo, Norway

Hans-Christian Gabrielsen, President, The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions

Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver, Canada

Irene Lanzinger, President, British Columbia Federation of Labour

California High Road Vision Statement

Moderator: Dr. Sarah White, Deputy Director of Equity, Climate and Jobs, California Workforce Development Board

Panelists: Aida Cardenas, Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership

Robbie Hunter, President, State Building & Construction Trades Council of California

Closing Remarks

Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Talking Trash: A Future Without Waste

One billion tons: That is how much waste piles up in landfills every year. Embodied in that waste are the emissions spent to create the products, as well as the additional emissions — of methane and other super-pollutants — that are released when the products are thrown away. A climate-safe future is one without garbage where all materials are recycled back into production. In this session, join the government leaders who are driving toward a zero-waste future to discuss their efforts to reduce and recycle waste, and to hear how such programs are strengthening communities, enhancing food security and improving local air quality.

Welcome from the Moderator

Kate Hampton, CEO, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Waste 101

Mayor London Breed, The City of San Francisco

Moving Toward Zero Waste

Kate Hampton, CEO, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Panelists: Mayor Giuseppe Sala, The City of Milan, Italy

Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Wales, United Kingdom

Damià Calvet i Valera, Minister of Territory and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia

Mayor Mukta Tilak, Pune Municipal Corporation

Grounded: Locking up Carbon with Restoration and Conservation

Across all different land types — from prairies to tropical forests, mangroves to savannas — environmental destruction has caused carbon to be released. Restoring, conserving and better managing these natural places are crucial steps to storing carbon back in the land while improving local economies and strengthening communities. Join global political leaders, technical experts and CEOs as they discuss the nature-based solutions they are implementing today. Hear their perspectives on how creative partnerships for conservation and restoration can unlock a gigaton of carbon sequestration per year while improving ecosystem health and resiliency.


Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute

Indigenous Leadership: The critical role of indigenous peoples and local communities in conservation and restoration

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Co-Chair, International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change

Reestablishing Balance: Building resilience and healthy ecosystems through mangrove restoration in the Philippines

Maria Josella Pangilinan, Program Manager for Conservation International’s Climate Change Resilience Program in the Philippines

Building Thriving Landscapes: Leveraging conservation and restoration across continents for greater climate action

Carole Saint-Laurent, Deputy Director, Global Forest and Climate Change Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Conservation, Restoration and Resilience

Moderator: Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute

Panelists: H.E. Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment Norway

Patricia Serrano, ProAmazonia Program, United Nations Development Program, Ecuador

Carolina Rosero, Chair of Ecuador’s Inter-institutional Committee on Sustainable Palm Oil, Environmental Policy Manager, Conservation International,  Ecuador

Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection, State of California

Governor David Ige, The State of Hawaii

Healthy Soils: Regenerative Grazing and Sequestering Carbon

Kat Taylor, CEO and Co-Founder, Beneficial State Bank

Financing Restoration and Conservation  

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

Local Climate Solutions: Financing the Transition

Local governments are on the front lines of climate change. Cities alone account for over 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions and they, along with states and regions, serve as the first line of defense against climate impacts. Moreover, local leaders can be powerful allies to national governments seeking to deliver more ambitious and effective climate action. Yet turning bold plans into reality requires innovative financing solutions that concretely address the constraints faced by subnational governments, especially those in rapidly urbanizing, emerging markets. Join investors, leading public and private financial institutions, and elected officials working to turn plans into action. The first panel highlights new efforts to drive vertical integration, mainstream climate change and enhance partnerships at the local and international levels on scaling finance flows. The second panel features pioneering local technical capacity building and financing solutions through green bonds and other innovative programs and financing approaches.

The Climate Finance Challenge  

Dr. Alice Ekwu, Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Climate Change and Forestry, Cross River State, Nigeria

Mobilizing and Mainstreaming Finance for Local Climate Action

Moderator: James Mahoney, Strategy and Public Policy Executive, Bank of America


Panelists: Rémy Rioux, CEO, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Chair, International Development Finance Club (IDFC)

Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

Mayor Mauricio Rodas, The City of Quito, Ecuador

Dr. Amal-Lee Amin, Chief of the Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Inter-American Development Bank

Josué Tanaka, Managing Director, Operational Strategy and Planning, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, EBRD

State Leadership on Climate Finance

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, State of Connecticut

Growing Local Financing and Green Bond Markets

Moderator: James Mahoney, Strategy and Public Policy Executive, Bank of America

Panelists: Tanya Müller García, Secretary of Environment, Mexico City

Laura Tuck, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank

Mayor Lionel Johnson, Jr., The City of St. Gabriel, Louisiana

Aniket Shah, Head of Sustainable Investing, Oppenheimer Funds

Closing Remarks

State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

The Next Frontier in Energy Transitions

Heavy industry and transport represent some of the largest global emissions sources, with industry alone responsible for more than a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. Despite facing this daunting reality, companies in some of the highest-emission sectors  — iron, steel, cement, concrete and plastics — are taking bold steps to stop climate change. In this session, leaders from heavy industry and transport will discuss how they plan to deal with the economics of reducing their emissions by finding efficiencies across their operations, investing in renewable energy and developing and implementing innovative new technologies. This session will show that there are no excuses for anything less than accelerated, ambitious action toward decarbonization.

Introduction: A Carbon Neutral Economy  

Jeremy Oppenheim, Energy Transitions Commission Programme Director, SYSTEMIQ Founder and Managing Partner

A Futurist Outlook

Moderator: Jeremy Oppenheim, Energy Transitions Commission Programme Director,  SYSTEMIQ Founder and Managing Partner


Panelists: The Honorable Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Dr. Etosha Cave, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Opus 12

Stientje van Veldhoven, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands

Carbon and Aviation: Progress Toward Lower Carbon Air Travel

Janet Lamkin, President, California, United Airlines

Decarbonizing Heavy-Duty Transport

Moderator: Greg Dalton, Host of Climate One

Panelists: Stella Li, Senior Vice President, BYD Company Limited, President, BYD Motors Inc.

Janet Lamkin, President, California, United Airlines

John Kornerup Bang, Head of Sustainability Strategies and Shared Value Initiatives, Maersk

Allard Castelein, President & CEO, Port of Rotterdam Authority

Closing Remarks

Helen Clarkson, CEO The Climate Group

Disrupting Climate Disruption: Tech, Innovation and a Climate Safe Future

Technology has the power to help ensure we reach a climate turning point by 2020. Advances in computing and information technologies have already fundamentally changed how we gather, store and use information and how we communicate. This revolution is also profoundly impacting the transition to a fossil fuel free economy by enabling exponential decarbonization across all sectors. In this session, meet CEOs, entrepreneurs and coders pulling the future into the present. The speakers will redouble their own commitments to climate action and highlight nascent products right out of the lab that are already reducing pollution.

Opening: Exponential Climate Action

Dr. Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth

The Business Case for Climate Action

Lisa Jackson, VP, Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, Apple

The “Step Up” Coalition: Radical Collaboration for Rapid Decarbonization

Moderator: Christiana Figueres,  Founding Partner, Global Optimism and Convenor, Mission 2020

Panelists: Miguel McKelvey, Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer, WeWork

Suzanne DiBianca, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce

Lakshmanan Chidambaram, President, Americas Strategic Verticals, Tech Mahindra

Ryan Rzepecki, CEO, Jump Bikes

Innovative Banking Technology: Breaking Down Barriers to Renewable Energy & Green Bond Financing

Jonathan Previtali, Director of Technology and Technical Services, Wells Fargo Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance

Digital for Good? Quantifying the Climate Benefits of Industrial Digitalization

Claire Curry, Head of Digital Industry, Bloomberg NEF

Safety, Mobility, Sustainability: Designing the World’s Most Advanced Mobility System

Dr. Jesse Levinson, Co-Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer, Zoox

On A Mission: A Call for Urgency

Christiana Figueres, Convener, Mission 2020; Founding Partner, Global Optimism

Building Up to Net Zero Carbon Emissions

Buildings –the places where we live and work – are the single largest source of carbon pollution in cities. By 2040, the total emissions from the built environment is expected to double, driven by population and economic growth. Achieving a climate-safe future requires a radical transformation of these places: By 2030, all new buildings must be net zero carbon, and by 2050, all buildings must meet this standard. The challenge of achieving these goals will be considerable, especially in places where institutional, regulatory and supply-chain capacities are weak. But developers, architects, policymakers and innovators are working to make this future a reality. In this session, leaders from business, cities, states and regions will discuss how they plan to achieve the needed reductions in building emissions with bold policies, new technologies and investments in solutions.

Opening: Building Green in Iraq

Basima Abdulrahman,  Founder & CEO, KESK Green Building Consulting

Video: The Future is Net Zero


John Kilroy Jr., President and CEO, Kilroy Realty Corporation

Committing to Net Zero Emission Buildings

Moderator: Lisa Bate, Chair of the Board, World Green Building Council

Panelists: Ibrahim Al Zubi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC

The Honorable Franz Untersteller, Minister of Environment, Climate and the Energy Sector, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The Honorable Eduardo Batllori Sampedro, Minister of Environment and Urban Development, Yucatán, Mexico

Lord Mayor Frank Jensen, The City of Copenhagen, Denmark

Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, City of London

Closing Remarks

Anita Arjundas, Managing Director, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd

Unlocking Climate Action: Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chains

The land sector is responsible for more than a quarter of global emissions. The sector also supports the livelihoods of millions and can promote resilience to climate impacts. As forests are cut down, landscapes converted, and working lands degraded to provide the raw materials for kitchens and consumer products everywhere, carbon is released into the atmosphere and emissions are embedded into everything that people consume.  In recognition of the scale and impact of these problems, many companies and governments have stepped up with ambitious supply chain commitments to end deforestation and land conversion. Yet despite these efforts, implementation has proven difficult. This session offers a way forward as companies work to end conversion in critical ecosystems and alongside local governments to realize their climate commitments. At the same time, many companies are beginning to understand the implications of climate change to their value chain and are searching for ways to build resilience to climate shocks. This session will also kick off a new cross-sector initiative to develop robust approaches for addressing physical climate risks in supply chains.

The Importance of Community Engagement in Supply Chains

Nina Gualinga, Co-founder and President Hakhu Amazon Foundation, Delegate of The Kichwa People of Sarayaku

Introduction: Jurisdictional Approaches to Unlocking Climate Goals

Kavita Prakash-Mani, Leader of Global Practice on Markets, WWF

Building Resilient Supply Chains Together

Moderator: Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, UK Environmental Agency

Panelists: Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, Mars, Inc.

Bruce Karas, Vice President of Environment, Sustainability, Safety and Technical Information, Coca-Cola North America

Cerrado, Brazil: Local Solutions, Global Partnerships and Incentives

Kavita Prakash-Mani, Leader of Global Practice on Markets, WWF

Francesca DeBiase, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s

Sabah, Malaysia: Local Solutions, Global Partnerships and Incentives

Panelists: Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever

Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart

Cynthia Ong, Board Chair and Executive Director, LEAP

Closing Remarks: Agriculture and Climate Action

The Honorable Fabiola Muñoz-Dodero, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Peru

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Global Lead, Climate and Energy, WWF International

Innovative Finance for Climate, Resilience, and Energy Access

There is an urgent global need to mobilize capital to achieve global climate and development goals. As jurisdictions and businesses step up their ambition to decarbonize, resources are needed to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. At the same time, millions of people globally still lack access to power, the life-blood of the modern economy and connectivity.  In this session, innovative financiers will highlight new actions they are taking to ensure that resources are available for climate investments, resilience and energy access. They will highlight new commitments to fill key low carbon capital markets gaps and mobilize public-private partnerships to accelerate and scale private sector investment in the low carbon economy transition.


Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy

Advancing Energy Access & Justice For All

Moderator: Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy

Panelists: Dr. Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Minister, Ethiopian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Chair of UNFCCC LDC Group

Lisa Jordan, Executive Director of the SHINE Campaign

Vaishali Sinha, Chief Sustainability, Social Responsibility and Communications Officer, ReNew Power

Announcements: Mobilizing Finance to Scale Climate Action

Moderator: Shilpa Patel, Director of Mission Investing, Climateworks Foundation

Speakers: Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund

Pawan Mehra, Director and CIO, cKers Finance

Emily Kirsch, Founder & CEO, Powerhouse

Sarah Kearney, Founder and Executive Director, PRIME Coalition

Jay Koh, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Lightsmith Group

Alycia Kellman, Chief Legal Officer, SunFunder

Scott Jacobs, Co-founder and CEO, Generate Capital

Closing Remarks

Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy


High-Level Thematic Dialogues

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. 

The Ocean-Climate Challenge

Healthy ocean ecosystems are among the greatest victims of climate change. They are also one of the most powerful tools we have to combat the devastating effects of climate change. Rising temperatures, increasing Arctic ice melts, acidification and oxygen depletion have led to the collapse of fisheries and severely threaten ecologically critical organisms like plankton and coral. Not only do marine plants produce 70 percent of the world’s oxygen, but oceans also play an important role in addressing climate change, sequestering 90 percent  of the anthropogenic carbon produced to date. This session will introduce the Ocean Action Agenda: a set of solutions that explore the ocean’s crucial role in addressing climate change, support community efforts to adapt to new conditions, and promote opportunities that foster better, more durable climate solutions worldwide.

Dance from the Islands  

Fijian Drummers, Rako Pasefika

A Welcome from the West Coast

Julie Packard, Executive Director Monterey Bay Aquarium

Washington State and the Oceans  

Governor Jay Inslee, The State of Washington

Our Ocean Planet

Lehua Kamalu, Captain, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Nainoa Thompson, President, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Video: NRDC Produced Video

Climate is an Ocean Issue: The Ocean-Climate Action Agenda

Secretary John Kerry, Former United States Secretary of State

Island Nations and The Ocean-Climate Action Agenda

The Honourable Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, Oceania

Implementing the Ocean-Climate Action Agenda

Moderator: Cristina Mittermeier, Photographer, National Geographic

Panelists: Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO Conservation International

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Professor,  Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University

Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Minister for Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Activist, Former Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council

Hope for the Coast Campaign Launch  

Secretary John Laird, California Natural Resources Agency

New Signees to the Ocean Acidification Alliance

Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii

Onward to a Better Future for Our Oceans

Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii

Building a More Just World through Climate Action

Climate change exacerbates race and class inequities that affect the prosperity, security and well-being of our families, neighborhoods and cities.  The global effort to reduce global warming cannot succeed unless the most impacted communities have the ability to engage meaningfully in policy design and implementation, and represent their interests.  This session will highlight grassroots mobilization efforts for equitable climate action, and the work being done to center climate policy around the needs of frontline communities. The session will feature leaders, organizers, and policy-makers from around the globe who are actively pursuing full inclusion in the political and policy-making process to achieve the goal of inclusive decarbonization, while improving health, strengthening our economies, and making our societies more just and equitable for generations to come.


Vien Truong, CEO, Green For All

California’s Climate Justice Efforts

Xavier Becerra, Attorney General, State of California

Power Building towards Participatory Justice

Moderator: Vien Truong, CEO, Green For All


Panelists: Sheela Patel, CEO, Chair of Slum Dwellers International & Founding Director of the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Center

Miya Yoshitani,  Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Enei Begaye, Co-Founder, Black Mesa Water Coalition

Jamie Margolin, Founder and Executive Director, Zero Hour

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

VIDEO: Solutions From the Ground Up

Producer: Green for All

Environmental Justice and Intersectional Approaches to Climate Action

Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University

The Fairest Cities

Moderator: Dr. Jesper Nygård, CEO, Realdania

Panelists: Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah, City of Accra

Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City

Artist-Activist Statement and Introduction

Favianna Rodriguez, Executive Director, CultureStrike

California Closing: Climate Justice for Farmworkers and Laborers

Dolores Huerta, Founder & President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

Fast Action: Super-Pollutant Solutions to Cut the Rate of Warming in Half

In the short term, the rate of global warming is greatly impacted by the emissions of super-pollutants that remain in the atmosphere for a shorter time than carbon dioxide, but which trap much more heat. These pollutants include methane, black carbon and halocarbons such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). At present rates these gases, alongside carbon dioxide emissions, leave us with a 50 percent  probability of crossing the threshold for dangerous planetary warming within the next 35 years. The rate of warming can be slowed by fast mitigation of these super-pollutants. This session will highlight the crucial role that reducing super-pollutants will play in the global response to climate change and the opportunities that cutting short-lived pollution presents now to achieve rapid results. Attendees will hear announcements of innovations and policy frameworks addressing super-pollutants and their potential to cut global warming in half by 2050 while delivering substantial benefits to health, food security and other community needs.


Durwood Zaelke, Founder and President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Science and Theory: Health, Equity and Fast Mitigation

Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego

Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund

Easier to Breathe: Black Carbon Reductions

Moderator: Jonathan Pershing, Program Director of Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Panelists: The Honorable Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong

Yasuo Takahashi, Vice Minister of Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Drew Kodjak, Executive Director, The International Council on Clean Transportation

Cool Refrigerants: Stepping Up on HFCs and Increasing Cooling Access

Moderator: Jonathan Pershing, Program Director of Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Panelists: George Koutsaftes, President, Honeywell Advanced Materials

Charlotte Pera, President and CEO, ClimateWorks Foundation

Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council

Senator Ricardo Lara, California State Senate

Secretary Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Administration, State of Telangana

Methane: The Biggest Opportunity to Quickly Reduce Warming

Moderator: Jonathan Pershing, Program Director of Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Panelists: Amory Lovins, Co-founder & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Emily Rooney, President, Agricultural Council of California

Bob Fisher, Co-founder and Trustee, Pisces Foundation

The Path Forward

Dr. Alice Akinyi Kaudia,Co-Chair, Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Health: Where Climate Change Hits Home

Climate change is killing us. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050. As warming progresses, scientists and doctors expect further deaths and illnesses from extreme heat, poor air quality, increased exposure and vulnerability to pathogens, insecure food and water supplies, intensified natural disasters and declining mental health. Moreover, WHO estimates that 7 million people died from air pollution alone in 2016, much of which was the result of emissions from fossil fuel combustion. Climate action can provide immediate benefits to criteria air pollution, while staving off the worst health impacts of a warming world down the road. In this session, medical providers, public health experts, and elected officials on the frontlines of these growing threats will present data on the predictable costs to human health if global warming does not abate and discuss their efforts to build healthier communities through renewables deployment, electric transportation and city planning.


Ovie Mughelli, Founder & CEO, Ovie Mughelli Foundation

Two Futures: Health in a Changing Climate

Trevor Houser, Partner, Rhodium Group

Here and Hurting Us: Climate Impacts Today

Moderator: Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, UN Foundation

Panelists: Eriel Deranger, Director, Indigenous Climate Action

Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health The Aga Khan University

Dr. Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

Commissioner N. Manjunatha Prasad, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike

A Video Message from Chef José Andrés

Air Pollution: Freedom to Breathe

Moderator: Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, UN Foundation

Panelists: Lord Mayor Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, The City of Heidelberg, Germany

Dymphna van der Lans, CEO Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Ming Dengli, Chief, Science, Technology and International Cooperation Division, Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau

Gina McCarthy, former U.S. EPA Administrator, Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Commitments to Improve Health

Moderators: Gary Cohen, President & Co-Founder, Health Care Without Harm

Kathy Gerwig, Vice President, Employee Safety, Health & Wellness and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente

To Act on Climate, Empower Women

Women are more likely to bear the heaviest burden in a changing climate. Studies show that 80 percent  of people displaced by climate change around the globe are women. But women also hold unique power to mitigate its effects. Educating girls and support for family planning were ranked by Project Drawdown as two of the top ten most powerful levers for reducing emissions. Women also frequently control household purchasing power and electricity usage, set standards for waste disposal and make other key household choices. In agrarian communities, women’s knowledge and land stewardship practices are key to keeping emissions down. This session will discuss the impact of education and economic opportunity for women and girls on beating climate change and the clean energy solutions that women are leading.


Dr. Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice and Former President of Ireland

Opening Address

H.E. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates

Raising Up Women and Girls: Education and Economic Empowerment

Moderator: Dr. Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice and Former President of Ireland

Panelists: Bridget Burns, Co-Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization

Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International

Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede, The eThekwini Municipality, South Africa

Women’s Health and Climate

Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-Founder & Executive Director, We Care Solar

Women and the Clean Energy Economy

Moderator: Nancy Pfund, Founder & Managing Partner,  DBL Partners

Panelists: Bill Bien, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Alliances and Strategy, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting)

Dawn Lippert, CEO, Elemental Excelerator and Director of Innovation and Community, Emerson Elemental

The Vital Importance of Women

Ségolène Royal, Chair of Désirs d’Avenir pour la Planète, Ségolène Royal Foundation, COP21 President


Dr. Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice and Former President of Ireland



11:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Former Governor Jennifer Granholm, State of Michigan 

The View from Space: Our Special Planet

Dr. Mae Jemison, Former Astronaut and Principal, 100 Year Starship Project

Taking Ambition to the Next Level

The Importance of Renewed Ambition

Former Vice President Al Gore, United States of America

Introducing New High Ambition Commitments

Former Governor Jennifer Granholm, State of Michigan 

Decarbonizing Transportation & Energy

11:20 a.m.

The Clean Transportation Revolution

Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles

Charging Ahead with EVs

Pasquale Romano, President & CEO, Chargepoint

Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO, EVBox

Powering Fleets with Clean Hydrogen

Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Company and Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council

Benoît Potier, CEO and Chairman of Air Liquide and Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council

The Rise of Storage

Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman & CEO, Électricité de France

Stepping Up for Climate Action

We Are Still In

Mayor James Brainard, City of Carmel, Indiana

Subnational Action Supporting National Governments

President János Áder, Republic of Hungary

The Importance of Civic Engagement

Tom Steyer, Founder & President, NextGen America

Innovating Breakthrough Climate Technologies

Winner of the California Climate Cup

Danny Kennedy, Founder & Managing Director, CalCEF

Matt Petersen, President & CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

Pro Bono Legal Services for a Climate Positive Future

Davida Herzl, Co-Founder & CEO, Aclima Inc.

Grounded: Carbon and Land

11:50 a.m.

Indigenous Principles: A Commitment from the Governors Forest and Climate Taskforce

Rukka Sombolinggi, Secretary General, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara

Headwaters of Amazon

Tuntiak Katan, Technical Coordinator of the Net Zero Deforestation Project, Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon

30% of the Solution: Forests, Food, and LAND

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Program

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Founder Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

The Importance of Forests

Dave Matthews, Singer-Songwriter

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Founder Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

Investing in a Healthier Future

Scaling Philanthropic Investments in Climate and the Decarbonized Financial Ecosystem of the Future

Nat Simons, Co-founder, Prelude Ventures

Kate Hampton, CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund

Kate Wolford, President of the McKnight Foundation

Aligning Investments with Climate-Driven Values

Mayor Bill de Blasio, City of New York

Shifting Trillions to Climate Positive Solutions

Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO, Pensionskassernes Administration A/S (PKA) and Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) 

Our Destination is Clear: Total Decarbonization

12:20 p.m.

Our Mid-Century Goal

The Honorable Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Racing to a Carbon Neutral Future

Moderator: Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation and Chair of the Board of Governors,Agence Française de Développement


Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann, Government of Baden-Württemberg


Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede, The eThekwini Municipality, South Africa


Jay Gould, President & CEO, Interface, Inc.


Isabel Fernandez, Head of Wholesale Banking and member of the Management Board Banking, ING

The Call to Action

Look to the Future: The Call to Action

Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Receipt of Call to Action

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Response to the Call to Action

President Hilda Heine, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Actor and Producer

Aidan Gallagher, Actor and Activist, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, North America 

1:15 p.m. 


Friday Afternoon High-Level Sessions

These sessions highlight the action of leading companies, states and regions, and cities actively committing themselves to climate actions and racing towards a decarbonized future.

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. 

Prepared for the Future We Create: Designing, Building and Financing Resilient Communities

The impacts of climate change are being felt today. As the world increases ambition toward decarbonization, it is imperative that governments, businesses and communities work smartly and simultaneously to reduce their risk from current and expected changes in local climate. In this session, hear from scientists, policymakers, elected officials and business leaders working to ensure that their communities are prepared for these impacts and unlocking new financing for these common-sense solutions, particularly in communities that have traditionally lacked access to capital and are being hit hardest today.  

Master of Ceremony: Former Governor Bill Ritter, State of Colorado


James Gore, District Supervisor, County of Sonoma, California

The Importance of Resilience  

Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Youth Voices: On the Firelines

Cory Beattie, Wildland Firefighter and Student

West Coast Resilience

Governor Jay Inslee, State of Washington

Mayor Ted Wheeler, City of Portland, Oregon

Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver

Increasing Forest Resilience, Supporting Clean Water

Leigh Madeira, Co-Founder & Partner, Blue Forest Conservation

Community Readiness: National Association of Counties

James Lee Witt, CEO, Witt Global Partners

Perspectives on Local Resilience  

Moderator: Former Governor Bill Ritter, State of Colorado

Panelists: Agnes Leina, Executive Director and Founder of Il’laramatak Community Concerns

Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, State of Alaska

Giza Gaspar Martins, Director of Climate Change Office, Ministry of Environment, Angola

Mark Ghilarducci, Director, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, State of California

Connecting Scientists and Policymakers to Promote Resilience

Eric Davidson, President, American Geophysical Union

Data to Address Macroeconomic Risk

Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder & CEO, Four Twenty Seven

Nature-Based Resilience Solutions

Lynn Scarlett,  Chief Public Affairs Officer and Global Climate Lead

Investing in Resilience

Moderator: Former Governor Bill Ritter, State of Colorado

Panelists: Benedict Libanda, CEO, Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia

Violet Shivutse, Huairou Commission, Community Resilience Fund

A Small-Island Perspective 

Hon. Bob Loughman, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu 

Closing Remarks

The Rt Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom

The Ocean-Climate Challenge: New Approaches, Partnerships and Opportunities

Building on the Ocean Action Agenda introduced earlier in the day, in this session national and subnational leaders will gather to discuss the implementation of the Ocean Action Agenda from the global to the local scale, cementing the importance of blue carbon solutions, the need to ensure that marine ecosystems are healthy and resilient and the many ways in which climate change mitigation and adaptation can be accomplished hand-in-hand across the 70 percent of the earth that is ocean.


Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Armchair discussion: Integrating oceans into the climate dialogue

Moderator: John Podesta, Founder and Director, Center for American Progress

Panelists: Minister Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management, Fiji

Julio Cordano, Head of the Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile

Eva Svedling, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate of Sweden

Subnational and Business Leadership for the Oceans  

Moderator: Ken Alex, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State of California

Panelists: Nina Jensen, CEO, REV Ocean

The Honorable David Speirs, Minister for Environment and Water, South Australia

Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu

Supporting Thriving Cultures Under Change: The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition

Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Value of Partnerships in Climate-Smart Ocean Governance

Moderator: Janis Jones, CEO, Ocean Conservancy

Panelists: Daniela V. Fernandez, Founder & CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Kosi Latu, Director-General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

Rep. Kristin Jacobs, Florida House of Representatives

Commitments Supporting the Ocean Action Agenda

Assemblymember Mark Stone, 29th California Assembly District

Sam Teicher, Founder and Chief Reef Officer, Coral Vita

Closing: Implementation and Inspiration Carrying to COP24

Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of UNESCO

Threat Multiplier: Migration and Security in a Changing Climate

Climate change is now and will continue to escalate unstable situations into catastrophes and to profoundly impact global stability. Already, there is evidence that climate change is increasing the threat of hazards endemic to nearly every environment on earth, from flooding in river valleys and on coastal plains to drought in agricultural and populated areas, to fires in forests and other wilderness areas. The social and political impacts of an increasingly hazardous environment are already affecting global stability by increasing food and water insecurity, escalating migration, and intensifying conflicts. On this panel, security and human rights experts with international, national and subnational perspectives, along with mayors and ministers, will discuss the effects of climate change on global security, resource scarcity and migration.

Welcome and Framing

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Host, Andrea Mitchell Reports

Armchair Conversation on National Security and Climate

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Host, Andrea Mitchell Reports


Panelists: Secretary George P. Shultz, Former U.S. Secretary of State

Secretary Ray Mabus, Former US Secretary of the Navy

Perspectives on Global Stability and Climate

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Host, Andrea Mitchell Reports

Panelists: Major General David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General, California National Guard

Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, Dhaka South City Corporation

The Honorable Shukri Haji Ismail Bandare, Minister of Environment and Rural Development, Somaliland Region

Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Director of Sustainability, Mars, Inc.

Honorable Sharon E. Burke, Senior Advisor and Director, Resource Security Program, New America

Closing Remarks

Andrea Marr, Senior Program Manager, Willdan

John Podesta, Founder and Director, Center for American Progress

Taking Ambition to the Next Level