14 June 2012

The World Green Summit launches at Rio 20 with Sir Richard Branson, Ted Turner and global leaders

The World Green Summit launches at Rio 20 with Sir Richard Branson, Ted Turner and global leaders

The World Green Summit (WGS), 20 June, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, is the business, finance and government forum during the high-level segment of Rio+20. With more than 500 CEOs, financiers, and dignitaries, this inaugural event aims to be an annual high-level summit progressing sustainable development and the global green economy, by engaging business, finance, government and other leaders to find solutions for industries, cities, regions and nations.

Headline speakers include: Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group & Virgin Unite; Ted Turner, Chairman, United Nations Foundation; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark; Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and many more global leaders. Sessions at the event include: Sustainable Energy for All (in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and Sustainable Energy for All initiative); Sustainable Cities (in partnership with ICLEI); Rethinking the path towards sustainable development, and Green Icons-Building a Sustainable Future.

The World Green Summit is in partnership with the Government of Rio, and with TIME Magazine, Thomson Reuters and FT, as global media partners; CNBC as Global TV Partner; European Voice as exclusive EU Media Partners; Royal Philips Electronics, BMW Group, Pepsico, Schneider Electrics Industrial SAS, Grundfos, Itaipu Binacional, Inerjys, Accenture, Aviva Investors, and State of Green join as sponsors. In addition to this WGS have partnered with the United Nations Foundation, Sustainable Energy for All, Regions of Climate Action (R20), Virgin Unite, Carbon War Room, Act NOW, Carbon Disclosure Project, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development and UNICA. Other media partners include 3BL Media, GreenBiz Group, REEEP, Green Futures, and REVOLVE Magazine.

Jens Nielsen, Chairman, World Green Summit said, "Rio+20 is about delivering actions, and that’s what we aim to do with business, finance and government. Together, we will show that the global green economy is for real and it is happening now.”

Michael Mathres, Director, World Green Summit said, ”The World Green Summit aims to be the annual global platform to showcase and announce new major green deals, projects, funds and technologies to build a sustainable future for all, and we are excited to launch it at Rio+20.”

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