IIASA Energy, Climate, and Environment Program Director Keywan Riahi will participate in a panel on digitalization and climate change at this year’s Austrian World Summit. The conference, part of the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative, brings together leaders from science, government, business, and civil society to provide a platform for exchange on climate action. 

Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen at the AWS 2021 © The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative
Federal President of the Republic of Austria Alexander van der Bellen at the Austrian World Summit 2021

In the wake of the manifold crises facing our planet, coordinated action is needed now more than ever. On the 30th anniversary of the Rio Conference—a milestone in international climate cooperation—the Austrian World Summit will bring together leaders, experts, and activists from around the world to the heart of Vienna to explore avenues for cooperation and joint action.  

The high–profile summit, currently in its sixth year, will feature leaders including the Federal President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen, the German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck, and Fridays for Future activist Luisa Neubauer. Former actor and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will deliver the keynote speech.

Riahi will discuss the intertwined nature of the digital transformation and the climate crisis in the session “Smart World – Green Life? Let’s Get Digital”, 11:50-12:30 (CEST). Other sessions will address pathways to net-zero emissions, involving the industry sector in the transition to a sustainable economy, and effective climate communication.

The full program is available here

Registration is open until 7 June 2022.

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