The Forum will mobilise and connect high-level influencers to share ideas, technologies and solutions to catalyse innovation, facilitate public private partnerships and create positive actions. The Forum, which has previously been hosted in Cancun (2010), Durban (2011) and Doha (2012) will, this year, be hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, alongside the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP19).
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, leading global economist Lord Nicholas Stern and former Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, will join Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and a host of global leaders from business and the financial community to discuss green growth.
Debate and discussion will cover a range of pivotal issues within the climate change and sustainability agendas including energy transitions, low carbon infrastructures, technology innovation and transfer, partnerships, and sustainable urban growth.
The Forum is privileged to be supported by some of the most innovative and influential members of the global business, technology, finance and energy communities including the European Investment Bank (EIB), Verne Global, Avaya, New Holland Agriculture, the International Finance Corporation, Siemens, the World Energy Council and International Emissions Trading Association.
In addition to those listed above, the Forum will include the following speakers in moderated panel debates: Mark Radka, Chief, Energy Branch, UNEP; Jochen Flasbarth, President, German Federal Environment Agency; Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA; Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Scotland; Stephanie Miller, Director, International Finance Corporation; Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI); Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank; and Ville Niinistö, Minister of Environment, Finland.
Attendees include delegates from HSBC, Shell, IFC, World Energy Council, International Chamber of Commerce, IMF, IETA, ICLEI, Daiwa Capital Markets, UNDP, Maersk, Veolia, NHS, Ceres, REEEP, UN Capital Development Fund, Philips Lighting, Avaya, Sasol, UN Capital Development Fund, New Holland Agriculture, Orange, WWF, UNHABITAT, Siemens, Verne Global, World Bank and many more.