15|05|18 HOFBURG VIENNA

Leadership for a Sustainable Future

The R20 AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT is a top-level summit about leadership on implementing the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This annual event is organized by Arnold Schwarzenegger´s "R20 Regions of Climate Action" office in Austria. The summit brings together international leaders from politics, businesses, investors, civil society, academics, start-ups, and climate experts as well as representatives of regions and cities from around the world.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been joined by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, UN Secretary-General and many more international pioneers creating a positive momentum for this year's UN Climate Change Conference: COP 24 in Poland. As last year the R20 AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT served as a meeting place for “action heroes” committed to sustainability and climate protection projects. Channeling the spirit of the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue, the traditional Fijian process of community driven participatory and transparent conversation, the summit has shared ideas and experiences through storytelling, applied practical knowledge, and cutting edge technology to inspire pioneers working toward a sustainable future.

The summit successfully gained awareness for the future that benefits everyone in the global society. A healthy environment affects all aspects of society; therefore our initiative is permanently building new bridges between key stakeholders.

People & Impressions

  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit
  • R20 Austrian World Summit
    R20 Austrian World Summit


Opening & Welcome Keynotes

  • Vienna Boys Choir
    Vienna Boys Choir
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger & the Vienna Boys Choir
    Arnold Schwarzenegger & the Vienna Boys Choir
  • Opening - A Message to the World
    Opening - A Message to the World
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger & Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen
    Arnold Schwarzenegger & Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen
  • Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
    Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
  • Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
    Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
  • António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations
    António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair, R20 Regions of Climate Action
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair, R20 Regions of Climate Action
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair, R20 Regions of Climate Action
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair, R20 Regions of Climate Action
  • Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen
    Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen
  • Opening - A Message to the World
    Opening - A Message to the World


Solutions Panel - Fulfilling our Goals

  • Elisabeth Köstinger, Austrian Minister of Sustainability and Tourism
    Elisabeth Köstinger, Austrian Minister of Sustainability and Tourism
  • Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, Melinda Crane, Prime Minister Erna Solberg
    Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, Melinda Crane, Prime Minister Erna Solberg
  • Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, Melinda Crane, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen,
    Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, Melinda Crane, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen,
  • Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, Minister Elisabeth Köstinger
    Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, Minister Elisabeth Köstinger
  • Jane Goodall, Primatologist, Anthropologist, UN Messenger of Peace
    Jane Goodall, Primatologist, Anthropologist, UN Messenger of Peace
  • Maroš Šefčovič, Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, Melinda Crane, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Jane Goodall
    Maroš Šefčovič, Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, Melinda Crane, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Jane Goodall


Enabler Panel– Providing the Instruments

  • Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
    Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
  • Laurent Fabius, Patricia Espinosa
    Laurent Fabius, Patricia Espinosa
  • Brune Poirson, Melinda Crane, Laurent Fabius, Patricia Espinosa
    Brune Poirson, Melinda Crane, Laurent Fabius, Patricia Espinosa
  • Howard Bamsey, Brune Poirson, Melinda Crane, Laurent Fabius, Patricia Espinosa
    Howard Bamsey, Brune Poirson, Melinda Crane, Laurent Fabius, Patricia Espinosa
  • Li Yong, Howard Bamsey, Brune Poirson, Melinda Crane, Laurent Fabius, Patricia Espinosa, Günther Thallinger
    Li Yong, Howard Bamsey, Brune Poirson, Melinda Crane, Laurent Fabius, Patricia Espinosa, Günther Thallinger
  • Li Yong, Howard Bamsey
    Li Yong, Howard Bamsey


Implementation Panel – Identifying the Driving Forces

  • Sui Zhenjiang, Vice-Mayor, Beijing
    Sui Zhenjiang, Vice-Mayor, Beijing
  • Klemens Hallmann, Bertrand Piccard, Melinda Crane, Maria Vassilakou, Fran Pavley
    Klemens Hallmann, Bertrand Piccard, Melinda Crane, Maria Vassilakou, Fran Pavley
  • Klemens Hallmann, Bertrand Piccard
    Klemens Hallmann, Bertrand Piccard


A New Era of Financing Climate Action
The R20 AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT presented innovative financial mechanisms to accelerate climate protection and green projects at subnational level. Enabling sustainable investments and access to funding instruments for local and regional authorities will be crucial to direct the investment capital. Financial institutions and private foundations can contribute significantly to the global movement of climate action.

SESSION 1: Sustainable Investments: New Directions for the Finance Sector

  • Session 1: Sustainbale Investments
    Session 1: Sustainbale Investments
  • Kingsmill Bond, Paul Chatterton, Renat Heuberger
    Kingsmill Bond, Paul Chatterton, Renat Heuberger
  • Paul Chatterton, Renat Heuberger, Günther Thallinger
    Paul Chatterton, Renat Heuberger, Günther Thallinger
  • Session 1: Sustainbale Investments
    Session 1: Sustainbale Investments
  • Irene Monasterolo, José Delgado Jimenez
    Irene Monasterolo, José Delgado Jimenez
  • Irene Monasterolo, José Delgado Jimenez, Harald Hirschhofer
    Irene Monasterolo, José Delgado Jimenez, Harald Hirschhofer


SESSION 2: From Action to Transaction

  • SESSION 2: From Action to Transaction
    SESSION 2: From Action to Transaction
  • Djaffar Ahmed Said Hassani, Eric Scotto
    Djaffar Ahmed Said Hassani, Eric Scotto
  • Eric Scotto & Karim Keita
    Eric Scotto & Karim Keita
  • Christian Brodhag & Ulrike Rabmer-Koller
    Christian Brodhag & Ulrike Rabmer-Koller
  • Session 2: From Action to Transaction
    Session 2: From Action to Transaction
  • Session 2: From Action to Transaction
    Session 2: From Action to Transaction
  • Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
    Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • PANEL 2: The Required Blended Finance Mechanism
    PANEL 2: The Required Blended Finance Mechanism


SESSION 3: Responsible Investments

  • Terry Tamminen, John Morton, Jürgen Schneider, Jack Knott
    Terry Tamminen, John Morton, Jürgen Schneider, Jack Knott
  • Session 3: Responsible Investments
    Session 3: Responsible Investments
  • Session 3: Responsible Investments
    Session 3: Responsible Investments
  • Session 3: Responsible Investments
    Session 3: Responsible Investments
  • Barbara Meier, Ambassador for Fair Fashion
    Barbara Meier, Ambassador for Fair Fashion
  • Session 3: Responsible Investments
    Session 3: Responsible Investments
  • Helmut K. Anheier & John Morton
    Helmut K. Anheier & John Morton
  • Session 3: Responsible Investments
    Session 3: Responsible Investments


Paving the Way for New Solutions
Cities and regions are taking the lead in providing new solutions in many sectors: From building the cities of the future, to designing concepts for future mobility, and smart solutions for new energy supply models. The collaboration on subnational level becomes a major driver for the transformation in climate protection and tackling environmental pollution.

SESSION 4: Building the City of the Future

  • Georg Günsberg, Jasper van den Munckhof, Anton Falkeis, Hubert Rhomberg, Bernd Vogl
    Georg Günsberg, Jasper van den Munckhof, Anton Falkeis, Hubert Rhomberg, Bernd Vogl
  • Hubert Rhomberg & Bernd Vogl
    Hubert Rhomberg & Bernd Vogl
  • Georg Günsberg, Jasper van den Munckhof, Anton Falkeis
    Georg Günsberg, Jasper van den Munckhof, Anton Falkeis
  • Session 4: Building the City of the Future
    Session 4: Building the City of the Future
  • Session 4: Building the City of the Future
    Session 4: Building the City of the Future
  • Session 4: Building the City of the Future
    Session 4: Building the City of the Future


SESSION 5: Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings

  • Justin Mundy, Ilse Gumprecht, Marcel Haraszti, Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Kurt Weinberger, Alexander Mueller
    Justin Mundy, Ilse Gumprecht, Marcel Haraszti, Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Kurt Weinberger, Alexander Mueller
  • Session 5: Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings
    Session 5: Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings
  • Session 5: Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings
    Session 5: Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings
  • Ilse Gumprecht
    Ilse Gumprecht
  • Marcel Haraszti
    Marcel Haraszti
  • Tommy Schlereth
    Tommy Schlereth
  • Tommy Schlereth, Franz Mayr-Melnhof
    Tommy Schlereth, Franz Mayr-Melnhof
  • Session 5: Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings
    Session 5: Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings
  • Session 5: Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings
    Session 5: Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings
  • Franz Mayr-Melnhof
    Franz Mayr-Melnhof


SESSION 6: Smart Solutions for the New Energy World

  • Olivia Coldrey, Günther Liebel, Christiane Brunner, Rachel Kyte, Urs Harnik-Lauris, Rana Adib
    Olivia Coldrey, Günther Liebel, Christiane Brunner, Rachel Kyte, Urs Harnik-Lauris, Rana Adib
  • Rachel Kyte, Urs Harnik-Lauris
    Rachel Kyte, Urs Harnik-Lauris
  • Session 6: Smart Solutions for the New Energy World
    Session 6: Smart Solutions for the New Energy World
  • Session 6: Smart Solutions for the New Energy World
    Session 6: Smart Solutions for the New Energy World
  • Session 6: Smart Solutions for the New Energy World
    Session 6: Smart Solutions for the New Energy World
  • Olivia Coldrey, Günther Liebel, Christiane Brunner, Rachel Kyte, Urs Harnik-Lauris
    Olivia Coldrey, Günther Liebel, Christiane Brunner, Rachel Kyte, Urs Harnik-Lauris
  • Günther Liebel, Christiane Brunner, Rachel Kyte
    Günther Liebel, Christiane Brunner, Rachel Kyte


SIDE EVENT of the VIENNA ENERGY FORUM: Transformation towards Sustainable & Resilient Societies

  • Side Event of the Vienna Energy Forum
    Side Event of the Vienna Energy Forum
  • Sheila Oparaocha
    Sheila Oparaocha
  • Side Event of the Vienna Energy Forum
    Side Event of the Vienna Energy Forum


The Fight against Environmental Pollution
According to current scientific reports pollution causes nine million deaths per year worldwide. Air pollution exposure is the world’s single largest environmental health risk. Legal action to improve air quality becomes therefore a crucial element in implementing regulatory measures and standards.

SESSION 7: Designing Concepts for Future Mobility

  • Waltraud Schmid,  Head of Energy Center Vienna
    Waltraud Schmid, Head of Energy Center Vienna
  • Session 7: Designing Concepts for Future Mobility
    Session 7: Designing Concepts for Future Mobility
  • Session 7: Designing Concepts for Future Mobility
    Session 7: Designing Concepts for Future Mobility
  • Session 7: Designing Concepts for Future Mobility
    Session 7: Designing Concepts for Future Mobility
  • Bertrand Piccard, Founder, Solar Impulse
    Bertrand Piccard, Founder, Solar Impulse
  • Session 7: Designing Concepts for Future Mobility
    Session 7: Designing Concepts for Future Mobility


SESSION 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health

  • Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health
    Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health
  • Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health
    Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health
  • Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health
    Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health
  • Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health
    Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health
  • Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health
    Session 8: Strategies and Actions to Tackling Pollution for Better Health


Movie Night at Gartenbaukino:Good Shepherds - Music for Mankind and Other Animals


A musical journey with the Vienna Boys Choir around the world. A visualized song in the cinema.Together with the Vienna Boys Choir Curt Faudon visited shepherds worldwide – and created a new genre: a visualized song. Powerful pictures and a poetic appeal to responsibility. Curt Faudon’s recent movie will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2018.

  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
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    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Movie Night
    Movie Night
  • Jane Goodall, Natascha Unger
    Jane Goodall, Natascha Unger
  • Monika Langthaler, Director R20 Austria&EU
    Monika Langthaler, Director R20 Austria&EU
  • Jane Goodall, Primatologist, Anthropologist, UN Messenger of Peace
    Jane Goodall, Primatologist, Anthropologist, UN Messenger of Peace
  • Curt Faudon, Monika Langthaler, Jane Goodall, Natascha Unger
    Curt Faudon, Monika Langthaler, Jane Goodall, Natascha Unger

16|05|18 Excursions

10:00 – 12:00 Excursion 1: Incineration Plant Pfaffenau
Visit a modern waste management site of the City of Vienna and learn about it's contribution on climate protection.

Excursion 2: TU Vienna
Cutting-edge construction: The Plus-Energy Office High-Rise Building

Excursion 3: aspern Seestadt
Discover a new part of Vienna with modern living standards

Excursion 4: Fuel cell train - Tour
Ride Austria´s first little train powered by Hydrogen in the Wiener Prater

High-Level Speaker


Location

Hofburg Vienna
Heldenplatz, P.O. Box 113
1014 Vienna, Austria
www.hofburg.com

 

Transportation

We kindly ask you to use public transport.

    From the airport to the City Center:

  • City Airport Train (CAT) – Direct Connection to Wien Mitte/Landstrasse, 16 minutes
  • Rapid Train S7 – Connection to Wien Mitte/Landstrasse, 26 minutes
  • Airport Bus – Connection to Morzinplatz, 23 minutes

Public Transport

    Direct connection to the Hofburg:

  • By underground U3 (orange), alight at Herrengasse
  • By tram 1, 2, D, J alight at Burgring
  • By bus 2A and 3A, alight at Hofburg

Citybike

Citybike Wien is a sustainable and environmentally friendly system of public transport. You can hire bikes at 110 bike stations across the city and return them at any station. To use this service a very quick one-time registration (1,00 € only) is required via the Internet or directly at a Citybike station. For registration you need a MAESTRO card, credit card from VISA, Master-Card or JCB. The first hour of every ride is free of charge, afterwards it costs 1,00 € for each additional hour

Green Meetings eco-label

Green Event
The Austrian World Summit will be organised according to the standards of the Austrian Green Meetings eco-label
Climate Neutrality

Together with our partner „Klimaneutralitätsbündnis 2025“, the Austrian World Summit will be conducted as a climate neutral event. All energy needed for the conference itself comes from sustainable sources. We also rely on energy efficient and climate friendly technology, transportation and mobility. Emissions that are unavoidably produced by travels are being compensated through the support of a climate initiative in Ethiopia. In cooperation with the Caritas Vorarlberg foreign aid and the University of Applied Life Sciences, 5.000 households in 8 communities over an area of 400 km² will be supported. The package for one household compromises two efficient ovens, vegetable seeds, including a training for vegetable cultivation, tree seedlings including reforestation projects, one solar-powered light source as well as the drinking water treatment WADI, which is sun-powered. For more information: here

Conservation of resources & Regionality

For all materials in use as well as for the catering conservation of resources, the protection of the environment and sustainability are top priorities. Food originates from regional and organic production and fair trade respectively. Also give-aways fulfil the sustainability standards. In order to avoid waste, drinks and meals will be served solely in and on reusable dishes. Leftovers can be taken home in the “Tafelbox”. For each box 20 cent go to the Austrian Tafeln, a charity organization, which serves impoverished people with saved food.

Environmentally-friendly mobility

It is especially important to us that participants can travel to and from the venue in an environmentally friendly manner. The venue, Hofburg, is located centrally and can be conveniently reached by public transport (for more on transportation, also see above). There is sufficient space to park bicycles around the venue. Furthermore, there is also a city-bike station as well as e-charging stations (for example, in the garage on Robert-Stolzplatz).