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Reception: Linking the sustainable development and climate action agendas

New York, USA | 5:30 - 7:00 PM, September 26, 2015

Grand Hyatt New York, Gallery III, 109 East 42nd Street

2015 is a crucial year for global action on sustainable development and climate change. At the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September, new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be endorsed by the UN General Assembly. And in December, governments are expected to reach a new universal climate agreement at COP21 in Paris. Solutions for both sustainable development and climate change are deeply intertwined.

At this event, high-level speakers will offer their thoughts on bridging the sustainable development and climate action agendas, followed by a cocktail reception.


     Keith Porter, President, The Stanley Foundation (MC)

Opening remarks
     H.E. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for Environment, Peru
     H.E. Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France

Discussion: Galvanizing multi-stakeholder action to drive implementation
     Mpho Franklyn Parks Tau, Executive Mayor, Johannesburg
     Janos Pasztor, UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change (invited)
     Pedro Lerner Rizo Patrón, CEO, Central Hidroeléctrica El Platanal
     Yolanda Kakabadse, President, WWF International

Closing remarks
     John Podesta, Former Counselor to President Obama; Member, UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Agenda

Reception to follow