The Climate Group has selected the Columbia Climate School as its university partner for this year’s Climate Week NYC. Running Sept. 20-26, Climate Week NYC convenes key climate leaders to accelerate climate action and discuss ambitious commitments ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26, later this fall in Glasgow.

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Kevin Rudd’s distinguished career includes serving as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia. He is a former diplomat, fluent in Mandarin, and a keen observer of US-China relations. A veteran of the 2009 Copenhagen climate conference, Rudd has long been active on climate change in Australia and around the world. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Asia Society.

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a dialogue between former Prime Minister Rudd and CGEP Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow, a former senior official at the White House, State Department, and U.S. Department of Energy. Rudd and Sandalow discussed the current tensions between the US and China, their impact on global efforts to combat climate change, expectations for COP26 in Glasgow, and climate politics around the globe.

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