17|09|20, Spanish Riding School Vienna

Be part of the Solution

The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative decided to reinvent the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT in this outstanding year 2020. The goal was to remind the global community on the opportunities of a green economy and the necessity of a green recovery. There are existing solutions for a new path forward for the wellbeing of our people and our planet.

The hybrid format enabled an international program of speakers. And host Arnold Schwarzenegger joined the guests at the Spanish Riding School and the millions of people watching online, live from Los Angeles for the whole summit.

Forest for Future was another focus, not only because of the essential role of forests in the global climate system but also to remind the global audience that the civilized world needs the natural world. The trees in the Spanish Riding School show that civilization and the natural world can and must live in harmony. The pandemic is a crucial reminder of how sensitive our biosphere is and it´s also an opportunity to reboot our economies along sustainable lines. In the second part of the event we showcased various “CLIMATE ACTION STORIES”: Inspiring stories of people and organizations who’ve made a difference in the health sector, movies, science as well as in policy, finance, building or in the water sector. Moreover, representatives from cities, regions and countries from around the globe proved that everyone can be part of the solution.

You can read the summary of the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2020 here.


10:00 – 10:10
Melinda Crane, Master of Ceremony
Monika Langthaler, Director, The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative
10:10 – 10:25
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT
10:25 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:30
Zuzana Čaputová, President of the Slovak Republic
Zoran Milanović, President of the Republic of Croatia
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission

Video message: Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain

One2One Talk: Arnold Schwarzenegger & James Cameron, Filmmaker

Video message: Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace
11:30 – 11:35
Maria Neira , Director, Public Health Department, WHO
11:35 – 11:45
Herbert Waldner, CEO, For Forest
Video message: Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica
11:45 – 11:55
Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Federal Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
Wilhelm Molterer, Managing Director, European Investment Bank

One2One Talk: Arnold Schwarzenegger & John Kerry, Former United States Secretary of State

Video message: Vanessa Nakate, Climate Activist, Uganda
11:55 – 12:05
Klemens Hallmann ,CEO, Hallmann Group
Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Governor of Lower Austria

Video message: Kevin Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego
12:05 – 12:15
Birgit Hebein, Vice-Mayor, City of Vienna
Video message: Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, Chair C40
12:15 – 12:20
Andreas Weißenbacher, CEO, BWT
Video message: Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan
12:20 – 13:00
Monika Langthaler, Director, Austrian World Summit
Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President, Republic of Austria
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, Austrian World Summit


Photos AWS 2020

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