01|07|21, Spanish Riding School Vienna


Our summit is about convincing people to join our environmental crusade for a healthy planet. We, the people, will only stay healthy if we are able to live in a healthy environment. Our planet is our host - deserving our utmost respect. More people on earth need more resources and consequently pollute more. But must this turn out to be a never-ending story?

We want to showcase concrete solutions, which make our world a better and healthier place to live. We will invite true Climate Action Heroes from all over the world and we will communicate with the broad public. We will discuss the consequences for international climate ambitions after the new US administration re-joined the Paris Agreement and we will look closely at what the EU Green Recovery plan delivers. More than ever, we want to hear concrete solutions from all around the world, best practice examples motivating many to act – now!

This is what we are looking for: concrete action!

You can find a glossary for some of the environmental terms that will be used throughout the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2021 here.


10:00 – 10:10
Matt Iseman, Master of Ceremony
10:10 – 10:25
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT
10:25 – 10:40
Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President, Republic of Austria
Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria
10:40 – 10:50
Frans Timmermans , Vice-President of the European Commission
10:50 – 11:20
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, Austrian World Summit
Michael Regan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, Austrian World Summit
Lisa Jackson, Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple
Jim Farley, CEO, Ford Motor Company
11:20 – 12:20
HOST: Melinda Crane, Chief Political Correspondent, Deutsche Welle

Alok Sharma, President, COP26
Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations (video)
Greta Thunberg, Activist, Friday for Future
Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
Nicola Sturgeon , First Minister of Scotland
Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany (video)
Egils Levits, President of Latvia
Wavel Ramkalawan, President of the Republic of Seychelles
Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC (video)
Carlos Quesada, President of Costa Rica (video)
Varshini Prakash, Executive Director, Sunrise Movement
12:20 – 12:30
Monika Langthaler, Director, Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, Austrian World Summit
12:30 – 14:00
14:00 – 14:15

John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, Austrian World Summit
14:15 – 15:10

Dealing with our Nature & Biodiversity. How do we better protect and re-green ou earth?

Host: Chris Cummins, Radio Host, ORF FM4

Jane Goodall, Wildlife Advocate and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (video)
Maja Göpel, Transformation Researcher, The New Institute
Michael Ryan, Executive Diretor, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO
Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Co-Founder, Ella Roberta Family Foundation
Paul Ivić, Chef & Author
Herbert Waldner, Founder & CEO, For Forest
Paul Watson, Founder, Sea Shepherds (video)
15:10 – 16:00
What are the best plans to respond to COVID and the climate crisis?

Host: Barbara Buchner, CEO, Climate Policy Initiative

Leonore Gewessler, Minister of Climate Action, Austria
Klemens Hallmann, CEO, Hallmann Holding
Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank
Gerd Müller, Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Kate Raworth, Author of Doughnut Economics
Marieke van Doorninck, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam
Rémi Vrignaud, CEO, Allianz Austria (intervention)
Ingmar Höbarth, Managing Director, Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (intervention)
16:00 – 16:50
We need you-the people-as our responsible citizen for a sustainable future?

Host: Barbara Meier, Model and Actress

Rodolphe de Campos, CFO, IKEA Austria
Rowan Barnett, Head, Google.org EMEA&APAC
Maya Penn, CEO, fashion company Maya's Ideas
Theresa Imre, CEO, markta. digital farmer's market
Mette Lykke, CEO, Too Good to Go
Jürgen Czernohorsky, Executive City Councillor for Climate, City of Vienna
Peter Sagan, Cycling World Champion (video)
16:50 – 17:00
Monika Langthaler, Director, Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative
Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President, Republic of Austria
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, Austrian World Summit

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