The AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT is the centrepiece of the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative: Since its inception in 2017, it has become one of the largest climate conferences in the world. The summit in Vienna provides a platform to present concrete solutions and actions and to connect people. There are already many possibilities to fight the climate crisis. The summit offers a platform for successful projects and ideas that motivate and act as role models and connect people, businesses and climate leaders.
Nearly 4500 guests (despite three conferences taking place during the pandemic) from over 100 countries and millions of viewers from all over the world in front of their screens have been inspired by around 300 speakers from politics, business, science and civil society. The amount of people the conference reaches has grown from year to year, demonstrating that climate action is a global movement that is here to stay. The AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT aims to continue to reach more and more people and inspire action on all levels.
"Creating Hope - Inspiring Action" is this year's motto of the international climate summit. Host Arnold Schwarzenegger will again be on stage together with Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, who traditionally takes over the honorary patronage of the event. Guests from all over the world will talk about concrete climate protection measures and present existing innovative solutions.
The date of the 2022 conference was not just any date but marked the anniversary of a historic day: 30 years ago , 154 countries had agreed upon an international environmental treaty to combat pollution at the so called “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Facing a war in Europe has shattered long-held beliefs and now adds a new dimension to the topic of climate change. The 2022 summit sent a strong signal to the world, that there is hope for peace and a sustainable future, that we need more common action and that – together – we, the people, can succeed. In addition to looking back at climate policy over the past 30 years, the main focus was on opportunities and solutions for the future. Watch the highlight video and the whole conference here