Leadership for a Sustainable Future

The effects of climate change are felt all around the world with the increase of heatwaves, floods and droughts, glacial melting and rising sea-levels. An estimated nine million deaths worldwide are related to pollution every year. Air pollution is by far the largest contributor to early death according to a report by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. The scientific data, as well as the growing number of people affected, demonstrate the fact that the climate crisis concerns all of us. Nevertheless, the current measures being taken by the international community are not sufficient to reach the goals set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change, which is not merely an environmental treaty, but offers the basis for a new and inclusive model of sustainable development. Consequently, we need more climate action, collaboration and faster implementation to preserve biodiversity, ensure health, global food supply, and enable a better future for humanity.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's long-term commitment to climate protection has spanned 15 years and despite the barriers created by political circles, he continues to pursue his aim of "less talk, more action". With this in mind, we are showcasing innovative solutions, policies, best practice projects, examples of cooperation and role models from different countries, cities, regions and sectors that are dealing with pollution and championing a future of renewable energy. There are plenty of examples in various locations on the planet, which prove that a sustainable path is an economically profitable course of action. Therefore a greener finance sector can significantly contribute to the decarbonising of our economy and establish sustainability an all levels. The outcome of the R20 AWS 2018 identified climate communication as a key force to mobilizing and supporting climate action. How can new groups be encouraged to initiate climate awareness? We will hold discussions with media representatives, communication experts, scientists and well-known protagonists of climate action on how strategies and tools for successful climate communication should be handled.

Program Draft

Conference language: German & English, translation will be provided

08:30 – 09:20 Registration
09:30 – 09:40 Opening Ceremony
09:40 – 10:20 Welcome & Keynotes
Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of Austria
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair, R20 Regions of Climate Action
Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of Austria
10:20 – 11:30 Focus 1: Europe's Rising Ambition for Climate Action
11:30 – 12:30 Focus 2: Cooperation & Partnerships
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:40 Focus 3: Best Practice Projects and Solutions
15:40 – 16:30 Focus 4: Climate Communication
16:30 – 16:45 Closing Ceremony
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair, R20 Regions of Climate Action
Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of Austria
Monika Langthaler-Rosenberg, Director R20 Austria&EU
15:00 – 21:00 Climate Kirtag @ Heldenplatz
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