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Green Summit in Copenhagen Attracting more countries than expected

19.10.2018  11:50
Denmark’s green summit on October 19-20th, P4G, is attracting Heads of States and Government, leading executives from some the world’s largest companies, representatives from civil society, investors and young entrepreneurs from more than 50 countries and, according to Minister of Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, the attendance is exceeding the expectations.

“In the government, we are very pleased about the huge interest across continents, sectors and generations. There are participants from more countries than we expected. The P4G Summit’s focus on action and concrete solutions appeals to everyone across continents, sectors and generations,” says Ulla Tørnæs.

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, and the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, are currently the Heads of States and Government that have announced their arrival.

Paul Polman, CEO in the world’s largest food ingredient company, Unilever, is also attending alongside CEOs and other executives from global companies such as IBM, Siemens, Dell Technologies, Econet, Rabobank, Hanwha Q Cells, Alibaba, NCC as well as the largest Danish companies such as Mærsk, Novozymes and Rockwool.

Furthermore, mayors and deputy mayors from megacities such Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, Guilin, Taiyuan and Medellin, directors from international organisations and P4G-partners such as World Economic Forum, the network of the world’s megacities, C40, and GGGI as well as development banks such the African Development Bank and also the world’s largest private investment manager corporation, BlackRock, are all in attendance.

Finally, young entrepreneurs and students from P4G partnership countries such as South Korea, Kenya and Ethiopia are also participating in the summit. They will contribute with concrete solutions related to the climate challenges and other global issues such marine debris, resource overload, water shortages, and food security.

“We are focusing on solutions that aim to contribute to reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, which outline what needs to be achieved but not how to do so. Thus, this will be the focus of the green summit in Copenhagen. It will be more about the outcome related to concrete solutions than about a final declaration,” states Ulla Tørnæs.

According to the Prime Minister, green solutions need to be spread out around the world and it needs to be on a large scale for it to really make a difference.