20|06|24, Hofburg Vienna


“There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours,” Jean-Paul Sartre once said.

We are facing a multitude of new and difficult challenges. The world is facing increasingly complex conflicts and crises. Alongside the current geopolitical situation, the ecological challenges seem to be fading into the background for some. This is fatal because they often accelerate political crises. The good news for our environmental and climate protection movement is that we already have a variety of tools and solutions at hand. We can all contribute something positive – be ‘useful,’ as the title of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new book and our motto for this year’s AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT emphasizes.

The motto “Be useful: Tools for A Healthy Planet” should be our guiding principle to create a world together in which we can all have a decent future. Because if everyone makes themselves useful and does their bit, then we can save our planet and ourselves.


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Matt Iseman and Nadja Bernhard, Presenters
Monika Langthaler, Host AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT

Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT

In the last forty years environmentalists thought hard for environmental legislation and legal frameworks. However, prime examples such as the European Green Deal and the US Inflation Reduction Act are under great threat. Climate and environmental policies are valuable and much needed to address the challenges ahead. This panel will discuss the necessary political tools to reach our climate targets.

Speakers to be announced soon

Unlocking Green Investments: Overcoming Financial Barriers to Climate Action

Scientific models project that investing in climate-resilient infrastructure and green energy comes at a lower cost than paying for the consequences of the climate crisis. There is no green transformation without financial drivers. Recently, significant financial stakeholders have been establishing green funds and seeking green investments. What is green money exactly, how can it be accessed? And what are the obstacles of the transformation if it is not the lack of funding? This session will explore different financial aspects such as Green Budgeting, green investments in the Global South and the barriers preventing a faster global shift towards sustainability.

Host: Hannelore Veit

Magnus Brunner, Minister of Finance, Austria

Justin Mundy, Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat

Additional speakers to be announced soon

Exploring Corporate and Political Roles in Climate Action: Tools and Challenges

Corporate responsibility has been a buzzword for the last decades. And indeed, the business world has many tools at hand to drive change. However, companies frequently criticize the absence of adequate legal frameworks that would enable them to operate sustainably. Politics represent one of the most influential instruments for concrete measures. Tune in to the discussion on how both businesses and politics contribute to climate action and join in to reflect what tools could also be improved.

Host: Hannelore Veit

Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria

Klaus von Moltke, Head of Drive Machines BMW Group

Omoyemi Akerele, Founder Lagos Fashion Week

Additional speakers to be announced soon

Urban Influence: Sustainable Living in Cities

According to UNFCCC, cities occupy merely 2% of the Earth’s surface, but they account for 78% of global energy consumption and generate over 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, understanding urban dynamics and the lifestyle choices people can make within them is essential.

Old habits die hard! That is why cities and regions work hard to make a climate friendly life as easy as possible. What tools do they have? How can we as citizens become more climate friendly in our daily lives?

Host: Nadja Bernhard

Jürgen Czernohorzsky, Executive City Councillor for Climate, City of Vienna

Jan Jenisch, CEO and Chairman Holcim

Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Chief Engagement & Strategy Officerat Sustainable Markets Initiative

Additional speakers to be announced soon

Creative Approaches to Inspire Change

As all aspects of our lives are affected by the climate crisis, we need unique and creative channels and approaches to react and act: Convincing people to act for the climate is an art.

Host: Nadja Bernhard

Klemens Hallmann, CEO Hallmann Holding

Sebastian Ströbel, Actor

Inspiring stories and innovative personalities – the best mix for an intriguing session. We present climate action heroes from all around the world proving that change is already in motion.

Hosts: Barbara Meier and Matt Iseman

Andy Schleck, Winner Tour de France 2010 and Investor NZero

Cosima Richardson, Founder and CEO Kynd Hair

Basima Abdulrahman, Founder and CEO KESK

Charlot Magayi, Founder and CEO Mukuro Stoves

Nidhi Pant, Co-Founder S4S Technologies

Nalleli Cobo, Environmental Justice Advocator

Anna-Liisa Palatu, CEO Woola

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT

Monika Langthaler, Director Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative