28|05|19 HOFBURG VIENNA
Leadership for a Sustainable Future
The effects of climate change can be felt all around the world by 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 is a concern to all. Nevertheless, the current measures which are being taken by the international community are not sufficient to reach the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, 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 over 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 on 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? Therefore we invited 2019 media representatives, communication experts, scientists and well-known protagonists of climate action to exchange about strategies and tools for successful climate communication.
|09:30 – 09:40||Opening Ceremony|
|09:40 – 10:20||Welcome & Keynotes
|10:20 – 11:40||Focus 1: Rising Ambition for Climate Action
The elections to the European Parliament will be crucial for the fight against climate change and pollution.There is still time to tackle climate change but it will require more effort from all countries and from all sectors of society. How to fulfilling the Paris Agreement on climate change, thereby acting as a role model for improving the environment and human health? Further steps will be necessary to raise ambition at the UN Climate Change Summit in September 2019.
Act 1: Climate Leadership
There is an urgent need for leadership to take responsibility in the global process on sustainable development and international cooperation. The UN Secretary-General has stated that we must change course by 2020, or we risk passing the tipping point when we can no longer avoid the “disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.”János Àder, President of Hungary
Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana and co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates for SDGs
Nanda Bahadur Pun, Vice President, Nepal
Raimonds Vējonis, President of Latvia
Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, The World Bank
Host: Melinda Crane, Journalist
Act 2: The Power of Cities and Regions
R20 understands the significant impact of cities, towns and regions by implementing their climate commitments. Acting locally and partnering globally is a trend that has been highlighted at recent conferences such as COP24 in Katowice. How can the role of subnational actors be strengthened in the global process? What kinds of instruments are required to further empower cities and regions as drivers for a clean, healthy future?
Mary Nichols, Chairwoman, California Air Resources Board
Host: Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environment, WHO
|11:40 – 12:25||Focus 2: Cooperation & Partnerships
We need to team up in the spirit of multilevel cooperation and vertical integration between all levels of government to mainstream developments for climate action, better health and more sustainability – but how can we scale up to implement more projects and mobilize green investments?
Act3: North-South Cooperation
Creating jobs, wealth and sustainability through deeper collaboration is a key priority for the future. What are the appropriate instruments and methods to improve cooperation on equal terms and lead the way into an era of peace and save our natural resources?
Higino Marrule, Minister for Agriculture and Food Safety, Mozambique
Host: Melinda Crane, Journalist
Act 4: Mobilizing Investments by Green Finance
Money makes the world go around – how can green finance support the change in decarbonising our economy and establish sustainability on all levels? How can political initiatives, such as the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, become a model for the global finance sector?
Samba Bathily, Founder and Chairman of Africa Development Solutions
Host: Barbara Buchner, CEO, Climate Policy Initiative
|12:25 – 12:30||Words of Thanks|
to the R20AWS supporters by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Monika Langthaler
|12:30 – 14:00||Lunch Break
|13:00||Networking Sessions with B2Match Tool starting|
|13:00 – 14:00||Autograph Session of Aksel Lund Svindal|
|14:00 – 14:10||Keynote: The View from Space
|14:10 – 15:40||Focus 3: Best Practice Projects and Solutions|
Showcasing success stories is a central theme of the R20 Austrian World Summit. Selected best practice projects, solutions and initiatives will be presented, which have the potential of being scaled up to global level, thereby having a significant impact on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The transfer of technology and knowledge is one key element for speeding up the green transformation. The individual cases provide valuable lessons on the success factors, as well as on the challenges we have to be aware of.
Act 5: Role Models from Regions & Cities
Harriët Tiemens, Deputy Mayor of Nijmegen, Netherlands (European Green Capital 2018)
Host:, Melinda Crane, Journalist
Act 6: Brands - Leading Companies Acting Now
Johan Eliasch, CEO Head
Host: Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Langenburg Forum
Act 7: Fossil Free Mobility
Host: Michael Strasser, UN Environment "Mountain Hero"
|15:40 – 16:30||Focus 4: Climate Communication
Raising awareness for a healthy environment and reaching out to as many people as possible is of major importance to making clear: climate change affects us all. Based on current trends, developments and research results the aim is to demonstrate best practices and attempt to solve some challenges in the current climate debate by addressing relevant issues, including framing, storytelling, narration or communication instruments leading to inspiration and catalysing mobilisation.
Act 8: The Role of Media in a Changing Public Landscape
To successfully fight climate change we need the public on our side. In times of ‘fake news’, populism and climate change denial, how can we ensure successful journalism, media strategies and campaigns?
Host: Melinda Crane, Journalist
Act 9: Encouraging a Sustainable Lifestyle
Tackling climate change goes hand in hand with cultural change. Gaining the interest and awareness of different social groups requires new strategies, promoters and role models. How can we encourage people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle in a meaningful and lasting way?
Host: Chris Cummins, Journalist, FM4
|16:30 – 16:45||Closing Ceremony
|15:00 – 21:00||Climate Kirtag @ Heldenplatz|