01|07|21, Spanish Riding School Vienna

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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 read the summary of the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2020 here.


10:00 – 10:10
Matt Iseman, Master of Ceremony
Melinda Crane, Moderator
Monika Langthaler, Director, The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative
10:10 – 10:25
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT
10:25 – 10:45
Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President, Republic of Austria
Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria
10:45 – 11:00
John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, U.S. (tbc)
11:00 – 11:15
Frans Timmermans , Vice-President of the European Commission
11:15 – 12:10
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, Austrian World Summit
António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations (tbc)
Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany (video)
Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister, Denmark (tbc)
Egils Levits, President of Latvia
Greta Thunberg, Activist, Friday for Future (video)
Jane Goodall, Wildlife Advocate and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (video)
Alok Sharma, President, COP26
Varshini Prakash, Executive Director, Sunrise Movement (tbc)
12:10 – 12:20
12:20 – 12:30
Monika Langthaler, Director, Austrian World Summit
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, Austrian World Summit
12:30 – 14:00
14:00 – 14:05
14:05 – 14:55

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

Host: Chris Cummins, Radio Host, ORF FM4

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, For Forest
Paul Watson, Founder, Sea Shepherds (video)
14:55 – 15:55
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
Per Bolund, Deputy Pime Minister, Sweden (tbc)
Klemens Hallmann, CEO, Hallmann Holding
Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank (tbc)
Kate Raworth, Author of Doughnut Economics
Teresa Imre, CEO, markta. digital farmer's market
Rémi Vrignaud, CEO, Allianz Austria (intervention)
Ingmar Höbarth, Managing Director, Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (intervention)
15:55 – 16:40
We need you-the people-as our responsible citizen for a sustainable future?

Host: Barbara Meier, Model and Actress

Alpaslan Deliloglu, CEO, IKEA Austria
Lisa Jackson, Sustainability Manager, Apple (tbc)
Rowan Barnett, Head, Google.org EMEA&APAC
Maya Penn, CEO, fashion company Maya's Ideas (tbc)
Mette Lykke, CEO, Too Good to Go
Jürgen Czernohorsky, Executive City Councillor for Climate, City of Vienna
Peter Sagan, Cycling World Champion (video)
16:40 – 17:00
Monika Langthaler, Director, Austrian World Summit
Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President, Republic of Austria
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, Austrian World Summit

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