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During Climate Week NYC, on September 19th, multi-national representatives from business, politics, academia, public and private sector, and civil society came together to present existing, science based solutions needed to achieve the Paris Agreement and bridge implementation gaps in both the global north and south. 

The event was organized by Business Sweden and highlighted the significance of cities, which account for more than 70 per cent of global greenhouse gases. It will clarify opportunities and necessary actions, using New York City's net-zero target as a guiding example for global climate action.

Watch the video from this high-level meeting and get a glimpse of what life in New York City could be like in 2050, and how we can pave new ways forward to realise climate commitments and accelerate climate solutions exponentially.


1. Introduction

Moderator: Robert Watt, Engagement Director, Swedish Environmental Institute

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Opening Remarks
TBC, Representative from the Swedish government
Sander Dolder, Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation

2. Urgency and opportunity

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Science based agenda to scale global climate action 
Åsa Persson, PhD, Research Director and Deputy Director at Stockholm Environment Institute and Chair of the Swedish Climate Policy Council
Visualizing New York City's Net Zero Journey
ClimateView presents an evidence-based translation and visualization of NYC’s climate targets as an example how to identify key sources of emissions and necessary investments to reach Net Zero

3. Evidence based solutions to bridge the implementation gaps

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Realising New York City's Decarbonization Pathways
Enabling a zero-emission energy and fossil free transportation system 
- Ydanis Rodriguez, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation
- Martin Edlund, CEO, Minesto
- Jennie Cato, Global Head of Public Affairs and Partnership, Scania
- Martin Pei, CTO, SSAB
Towards sustainable material consumption in a net zero environment
- Susanne DesRoches, Vice President of Clean and Resilient Buildings, NYSERDA
- Pär Larshans, Director of Sustainability, Ragn-Sells
- Myrrh Caplan, Vice President of Sustainability U.S., Skanska
- Per Hedebäck, CEO, iBinder
Enabling data-driven emission reduction strategies 
- Kristian Rönn, CEO, Normative
- Carl-Johan von Uexkull, CCO, Doconomy
- Isabela Brown, Senior Climate Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice
- Johan Börje, Head of Voluntary Carbon Market sales, Stockholm Exergi

A Glimpse Into The Future – New York City in 2050

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Live reading of a science-based story of one possible future for New York City in 2050 by Planethon

Concluding remarks

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Reflection towards COP28 and beyond
Ulrika Modéer, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP