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For the past 14 years, World Climate Summit, has successfully enabled cross-sector collaboration between key stakeholders, alongside the UN climate negotiations. During this time, the Summit has become a vital platform to accelerate a green transition to a net-zero world by 2050. For more than a decade, we have developed the strongest top-level decision-maker network in the world focused on climate change, including ongoing business with high-level organisations.

Past Events


Dubai 2023

World Climate Summit 2023 has set a new standard for global collaboration for climate solutions. Taking place alongside COP28 in Dubai, the Summit convened over 2000 high-level experts from government, international organisations, large industry leaders, technological startups, the scientific community and concerned citizens from around the world. The two days of high-level discussions, spotlight sessions and industry-specific workshops emphasised the urgency of decarbonisation and shed light on the most pressing challenges for the crucial transition to a low-carbon economy. They also equipped us with scalable case studies and actionable steps. We discussed the ways to decarbonise trade and hard-to-abate sectors, efficient deployment of clean energy, transitioning of transport and building sectors, carbon markets, accelerating financing and investment mechanisms in emerging markets, nature markets and nature-based solutions. 

Sharm el-Sheikh 2022

At COP27, hosted by the Egyptian Government, World Climate Summit 2022 came back with its strongest programme yet through two distinct tracks on climate solutions and climate finance. By highlighting concrete implementation plans, roadmaps and successful coalition-building efforts that can lead to a net-zero future, the Summit convened +1000 key stakeholders and reached 850+ digital attendees actioning climate innovation and solutions.  Participants benefitted from excellent networking opportunities overseeing the Red Sea and exploring the latest trends through inspiring panel discussions, keynote addresses, fireside chats and workshops. 

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Glasgow 2021

World Climate Summit - The Investment COP 2021 returned at COP26 in Glasgow. The event continued the success of the last 11 years and brought together high-level climate stakeholders from the
private sector, financial institutions, governments, NGOs and media.

Through a two-day in-person event along with a fully digital experience, World Climate Summit reached a
global audience and connected public and private sector leaders. This international convening provided a platform for strengthening impactful partnerships and cross-sectoral coalitions that spurred ambitious climate investments and solutions to reach 2030 targets and net-zero transitions.

Madrid 2019

The 10th Anniversary of the World Climate Summit - The Investment COP brought together over 1,000 attendees, 80 speakers, and 50 partners from 95 countries 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 (now World Climate Foundation), announced its commitment to ten more years of World Climate Summits as part of the Decade to Deliver on Climate Action.


Katowice 2018

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.

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.
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.

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 (now World Climate Foundation), 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.


Marrakech 2016

World Climate Summit 2016 in Marrakeh 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.


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

World Climate Ltd (now World Climate Foundation) 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.

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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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