Swiss Re is proud to be the founding sponsor of Climate Week NYC

Swiss Re is proud to be the founding sponsor of Climate Week NYC.

Climate Week NYC kicked off on September 21 with an opening ceremony featuring remarks from Swiss Re America's CEO Pierre Ozendo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Climate Group CEO Steve Howard and actor Hugh Jackman.

In his speech, Pierre Ozendo stressed the need for a comprehensive climate agreement to be struck in Copenhagen in December, supported by leaders from government, business and civil society organizations.  Mr. Ozendo cited Swiss Re's long-standing interest in the climate debate and indicated that the insurance industry has a major role to play in helping society manage and adapt to the risks caused by climate change. 

The opening event marked the start of a week of activities aimed at generating awareness amongst global leaders of the need for a successful conclusion to the Copenhagen climate summit which will decide on a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012.

Read more about all of the Climate Week activities here.

Swiss Re’s commitment to addressing climate change

As a leading global reinsurer we actively research, model and reinsure natural catastrophe risks from floods through winter-storms to hurricanes. We have therefore followed the development of climate change for over 20 years and participated in, or sponsored, 100’s of events and projects ranging from research and awareness building to product development and managing our own carbon footprint.

Today we focus on how our societies can become more resilient in the face of inevitable climate change, including the use of a pre-emptive risk management approach. Climate Week NYoC is an important step for us on the  "Road to Copenhagen"  where policy makers will make important decisions on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation funding including the use of risk- transfer mechanisms.

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