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International speaker series – Race to zero: the UN climate champions

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As the world builds up to COP26 in November, we thought it would be an ideal time to sit down with the United Nations’ designated climate champions. Join Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping to discuss the Race to Zero campaign they’re heading up, and what they’re hoping for from this year’s UN Climate Change Conference.

Race to Zero is a global initiative to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for stronger and more ambitious climate action. Gonzalo and Nigel have been appointed UN ‘High-Level Champions for Climate Action’, and they are responsible for mobilising net zero initiatives across the world.

The objective for Race to Zero is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonised economy ahead of COP26, where representatives from 197 countries will gather to discuss global climate action and strengthening their contributions to the Paris Agreement.

Gonzalo is a business entrepreneur and social change-marker at the forefront of environmental innovation in Chile. He reinvented the country’s recycling industry to usher in a future without waste, and has been leading a cultural movement to advance environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

Nigel was appointed by the UK Government, and is the former CEO of We Mean Business – where he drove collaboration for climate action among NGOs working with the world’s most influential businesses. This increased business support for the Paris Agreement, and helped drive ambition and action to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy.

Climate change is a global challenge. This is the fifth in our series of open Zoom sessions with international experts who have been leading climate action in their respective jurisdictions.

What: an open Zoom with the UN climate champions Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping, and Commissioners Catherine Leining and Professor Nicola Shadbolt

When: 9-10am Wednesday 30 June 2021

How: register for a free ticket and join us on the day

Can’t make it? We will be recording the session and putting it on our website.

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