Our Mission: To Step up Climate Ambition
Climate protection is a challenge that concerns all of us. For the annual R20 AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT (R20 AWS) it is particularly important to include everyone and inspire as many people as possible to follow the climate protection movement.
Arnold Schwarzenegger selected the motto for the R20 AWS for a good reason - "less talk, more action". In line with this, the main goals of the third R20 AWS were to demonstrate what is already possible alongside advocating for concrete measures and commitment to climate protection. Therefore, in addition to the international conference in the Hofburg, we organized ten Breakout Sessions, as well as the first Climate Kirtag featuring live music and speeches from our climate action heroes.
The next milestone is the Climate Action Summit in September 2019 in New York initiated by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, with the goal of showcasing a leap in national and collective political ambition to fulfil the promise of the Paris Agreement.
Messages from R20 AWS 2019
“It’s time for all of our doubters and producers of pollution to join us and move forward together.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Initiator of the R20 AWS
“We need to change the way we treat the climate crisis. We need to change the way we speak about the climate crisis. And we need to call it what it is: an emergency! This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced.”
Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist
“To combat the climate crisis, it is not so much hope we need, but it is action. Let´s make 2019 the year of ambition on climate action.”
Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen
“I thank Governor Schwarzenegger and the R20 coalition for placing focus on the importance of sub-national actors for successful climate action.”
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
Story and advisory board of our R20AWS initiative and the vision behind Arnold Schwarzengger´s R20 – Regions of Climate Action.
Please find here information about our annual R20 AWS: program draft, preliminary list of speakers, partners, press information etc.
Showcasing successful best practice projects for climate protection and sustainable development in developing and emerging countries.