Previous Prominent Attendees at World Climate Summit Include: 

Ted Turner


Global Philantrophist and Chairman of the United Nations Foundation

Connie Hedegaard


Former European Commissioner for Climate Action

Sir Richard Branson


Chairman, Virgin Group

Lord Nicolas Stern


World-Leading Political Economist and Academic

Arnold Schwarteznegger

Chair, R20

El Haite

Former Minister for the Environment, Government of Morocco

11 Years of Cross-Sector Collaboration at World Climate Summit - The Investment COP

World Climate Summit is celebrated as the premier meeting place alongside the COP negotiations implementing the Paris Agreement.

Accomplishments include the launching of billions of dollars in bankable projects, formal agreements between nations growing in sustainability, and the development of benchmarks and tool-kits used worldwide in carbon reduction.  

Every year, the Summit and Investment COP attracts hundreds of delegates from across sectors, among them the most eminent green leaders, financiers, entrepreneurs, investors, and philanthropists.


10 Years of World Climate Summit Achievements

World Climate Summit has generated global impact by connecting key cross-sector stakeholders for over a decade. 

Madrid 2019

The 10th Anniversary Edition World Climate Summit - The Investment COP brought together over 1,000 attendees, 80 speakers, and 50 partners in Madrid, Spain for a day of action-oriented climate discussions. Delegates from 95 countries participated, engaging with key topics across business- and investment-driven solutions to climate change.

IDB Invest, ENGIE Energía Chile, and the Climate Investment Fund's (CIF) Clean Technology Fund signed a deal to generate economic benefits by shortening the timeframe for decarbonisation in Chile and World Climate Ltd announced its commitment to ten more years of World Climate Summit as part of the Decade to Deliver on Climate Action. 

Katowice 2018

Denmark and Poland agreed to collaborate on renewable energy implementation.

U.S. Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado announced the launch of the Colorado Clean Energy Fund.

World Climate Summit 2018 introduced the first Investment COP, where the World Bank announced a commitment of USD $200 billion for climate action from 2021-25 and highlighted how this will further support low-carbon, climate-resilient investments.

The UNDP shared how NDCs, with support from UNDP and partners, including the World Bank and private investors, can be turned into action plans and bankable projects. 

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Bonn 2017

The Climate Investment Platform, an open source platform to mobilise investment for climate and sustainable development was founded by UNDP, World Climate Ltd, R20 Regions of Climate Action, and ICLEI to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. 

R20 Regions of Climate Action and BlueOrchard Finance combined strengths to foster low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure projects in emerging markets.

Marrakesh 2016

World Climate Summit 2016 in Marrakesh explored an overview of current programmes across climate policy, climate action, and low-carbon business. It focused on the need for clear global directions on decarbonisation plans, and its implementation at the national level.   

Paris 2015

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the French government devoted their efforts towards securing a legally binding global climate agreement to curb carbon emissions at the Conference of the Parties (COP21) climate change conference in December 2015 in Paris.  

Lima 2014

World Climate Summit concluded in Lima as the most important and impactful business event during COP20. World Climate Summit was also selected as one of the events of Lima Climate Action, a benchmark for real, transformative, quantified pre-2020 climate action. 

Warsaw 2013

In Warsaw, Poland, World Climate Ltd and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) collaborated to provide a complementary series of business activities over two days: World Climate Summit was held on Day One and the WBCSD Business Day took place on Day Two. Warsaw marked the halfway point from the decisions in Durban to Paris in 2015, when the Paris Agreement would be adopted.

Doha 2012

World Climate Summit 2012 provided a platform for discussion of green solutions with Ministers and CEOs from all over the world. It focused on the overarching theme of accelerating solutions to climate change, with a specific focus on Qatar, the Middle East, and the region's relations to the rest of the world. 

Durban 2011

World Climate Summit 2011 in Durban saw the launch of new initiatives to address climate change and build the global green economy.

Cancun 2010

The inaugural World Climate Summit in Cancun convened global leaders across business and government to identify new collaborative pathways for a prosperous green economy.

Over 150 expert speakers contributed to the constructive discussions, including Sir Richard Branson, Ted Turner, then Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and Lord Nicholas Stern.


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​World Climate Foundation accelerates the international transition to a clean and low-carbon economy through cross-sector collaboration and knowledge sharing; development and investment in sustainable solutions; and stimulating clean growth strategies through our global network.

Our mission is to catalyse the transition to a clean and net-zero economy through cross-sector dialogue, inspirational partnerships, and investments in sustainable solutions. Our vision is a decade from 2020 to 2030 where climate and biodiversity commitments are transformed into actions that align with the required outcomes.

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