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Explainer: What Is Climate Week?

A global discussion about sustainability and the environment gets underway this week as world leaders, scientists and heads of industry gather in New York City for Climate Week 2023.

New York's Empire State Building at night lit up in green

Thousands are gathered in New York for Climate Week, an annual event that focuses attention on environmental risks and the actions needed to protect the world’s land, water and air.

The nonprofit Climate Group runs Climate Week from September 17-24 in partnership with the United Nations General Assembly. Now in its 15th year, Climate Week aims to eliminate obstacles and progress toward new solutions.

“Our aim at the event is to push for urgency, action and accountability. We’ll drive change, speed up progress and champion change that is already happening,” according to Climate Group. To achieve its goals, Climate Group is focusing on energy, transport, the built environment, industry and food.

Past Climate Weeks have drawn notables, including King Charles III and former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. This year’s speakers include activist and actor Jane Fonda, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, United Nations officials, directors of environmental organizations, researchers, students, elected and appointed government officials and sustainability leaders from Apple, IKEA and Walmart.

CSL’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Jeffrey Ball, who was appointed in August, plans to attend Climate Week, which will include 400 events around New York. Ball is overseeing the expansion and operationalization of CSL’s sustainability targets and initiatives, in line with CSL’s 2030 strategy. CSL, a global biotech company that makes medicines and vaccines, announced carbon emissions targets in 2022.

Programming for Climate Week, under the theme of “We Can. We Will,” can also be accessed virtually.

Learn more about CSL’s commitment to sustainability.