Havas Worldwide has today launched a global climate change communications practice, designed to gather together its experts worldwide.
These will operate from three regional hubs in London, New York and Sydney together with satellite offices in over a dozen countries.
Havas Worldwide Climate Practice will be headed by Pete Bowyer, a spokesman for former UN secretary general Kofi Annan on climate justice issues, who will provide strategic consulting, communications advice and campaign mobilisation to clients on the issue.
Bowyer said: “There is real momentum developing across the world as a new global agreement on climate change approaches at the UN Paris Conference next year. It’s a top priority of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the IMF and the World Bank, and world leaders are beginning to face up to the greatest global challenge of our age. But business and civil society have key roles to play as well. The Havas Worldwide Climate Practice will ensure that their voices are a critical part of that conversation, too.”
Marian Salzman, Havas PR North America CEO added: “Over the past five years, our people have been doing incredible, thoughtful and award-winning work on climate change. Looking ahead, the issue of climate will surely trend in 2015, and no other global communications network can claim our degree of firsthand experience or is better equipped to advise clients in this critically important area.”
The team’s previous experience includes the launch of Earth Hour with WWF in 2007 and launching UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon’s Big Data Climate Challenge earlier this year.