ADVISORY: The New Republic and CAP Host Policy Forum on Future of Climate Change Headlined by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

Event Will Bring Together Powerful Voices From Around the World, Various Sectors

Washington, D.C. — The New Republic announced it will host The Next Frontier of Climate Change forum in Washington, D.C., at the Newseum on July 29, 2015, in conjunction with the Center for American Progress. The policy forum will explore climate change on an international level, with a unique cross-section of climate change thinkers and leaders from government, industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector.

Headlining the event will be White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who will discuss President Barack Obama’s strategy for leading global efforts to address the threat of climate change and explain how the United States is working with other countries to help foster an agreement in Paris later this year. Additional speakers include Gérard Araud, French ambassador to the United States, and Rachel Kyte, vice president and special envoy for climate change at the World Bank Group.

“Climate change is a critical global issue,” said Guy Vidra, CEO of The New Republic. “We are proud to host an event with such prominent thinkers and leaders, including Gérard Araud, French ambassador to the United States, and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, to uncover how international leaders can embrace new climate action policies.”

“Climate change is ultimately a global challenge that requires a global solution, and the Paris climate negotiations at year’s end are the perfect moment for the president’s domestic leadership to galvanize international action and reach a strong new international climate agreement,” said Neera Tanden, CAP President. “The distinguished group of individuals at this event will be on the front lines of the negotiations. They will have critical insight into what it will take to achieve a successful outcome.”

The event will be held at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. ET, and programming begins at 9:00 a.m. ET. Live streaming will be available here. A full list of participants is below:

  • Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff
  • Gérard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States
  • Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; Contributor, The New Republic
  • Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group
  • Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, United Nations
  • Jamil Smith, Senior Editor, The New Republic
  • Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
  • Guy Vidra, CEO, The New Republic

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