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Sustainable Nation’s Inaugural ‘Climate Week Ireland 2018’ – A ‘Landmark’ Event

Ireland’s inaugural Climate Week was a fantastic success and will be repeated next year with even more events, key partnerships, sponsorships and moments that matter.
Climate Week 2018, which took place from November 5 – 9, bundled together a terrific programme of workshops, talks, masterclasses around responsible investment, sustainable finance and climate change – and a major Dublin Castle conference.
But a major highlight of the week was the inspiring appearance of the iconic “Fearless Girl” in her first headline-grabbing visit to Ireland.
As part of Climate Week, Sustainable Nation Ireland partnered with State Street Global Advisors to bring the Fearless Girl statue, designed by Kirsten Visbal, to Ireland.
The Fearless Girl statue appeared at several key events, including the Climate Innovation Summit to help promote Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) best practice. Her appearance was designed to serve as a reminder that taking an active approach to a challenge can make a lasting difference. She also visited Leinster House.
The Climate Innovation Summit 2018, hosted by EIT Climate-KIC and supported by Sustainable Nation Ireland and the Department of Finance, took place in Dublin Castle and was attended by nearly 600 of Europe’s decision makers, climate finance innovators and sustainability changemakers.
More than 60 key speakers attended, including Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton.
Over three days they shared their expertise and best practice, through inspirational talks, capacity-building masterclasses, workshops and networking on how to scale up sustainable finance solutions that accelerate climate action.
Climate Week scored over 40 pieces of media coverage across national and international publications and broadcasters including in The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Newstalk, Responsible Investor.com, Green Finance, Business Green.
News of what was Fearless Girl’s first visit to Ireland travelled back to her hometown – with The New York Post reporting on her visit.
Climate Week was the highlight of the many events rolled out in the Year of Sustainable Business and next year it will be back even bigger.
Climate Week was supported by the SEAI, EU EIT Climate-KIC, AIB, Irish Life Investment Managers, McCann Fitzgerald, KPMG Ireland, Maples & Calder and the Sustainability Skillnet.

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