The 2021 P4G Seoul Summit gathered 67 world leaders and heads of international organizations in uniting for bold climate action to meet international commitments. The Seoul Declaration adopted at the Summit highlighted the role of public-private partnerships in driving a net zero future. It emphasized the importance of green recovery from the pandemic as well as scaling investments in market-based solutions and a carbon neutral transition in developing countries. The Summit mainstreamed P4G as a delivery mechanism for climate action and showcased how P4G partnerships are accelerating green investment and innovative solutions centered on developing countries’ priorities. More than 200 high level officials including policymakers, CEOs, representatives of international organizations and civil societies participated at Green Future Week sessions and side events from May 24 to May 31. All of the session recordings are available to watch here.
The P4G Summit Thematic Session on Water emphasized the collaboration needed to overcome challenges to deliver safe water and sanitation access. With keynote remarks from State Minister Shahriar Alam of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the discussion centered on the opportunity for innovation that lies in in the developing world as we bridge the gap to commercially viable solutions. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director of the International Water Association, moderated the discussion in which panelists from P4G partnerships shared thoughts on how to identify and advance cutting-edge water enterprises providing proven solutions on the ground and scaling up the finance needed to accelerate these solutions. Read about the key takeaways.
P4G’s Thematic Session on Energy saw speakers from the private sector, leaders of international organizations and P4G partnerships share their visionary ideas backed by action - all in the pursuit of a more equitable and net zero future for all. Keynote speakers and panelists shared their paths to scaling through a diverse set of models, from how a company like Ørsted increased its share of renewables to P4G Partnerships like Energise Africa and EESL expanding their models to bring clean power to people in Africa and India respectively. With remarks from Dan Jørgensen, Denmark’s Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, the session also brought out P4G’s ability to unlock synergies in complementary partnerships to deliver scalable impact in developing countries. Read more about the session here.
At the P4G Thematic Session on Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, P4G network champions advanced strategies to strengthen food security through sustainable agriculture and reduce food loss and waste by accelerating innovative financial models. With remarks from Minister Byeong-Am Choi of Korea Forest Service and Commissioner Fekadu Beyene from the Ethiopia Forest and Climate Change Commission, the session highlighted the importance of scaling inclusive market-based solutions to transform food systems in developing countries. Learn more.
The opportunity for developing countries to leapfrog to zero emissions was a central theme of the Summit session “Partnership for Smart and Resilient Green Cities.” Speakers such as Nigel Topping, High Level Champion for Climate Action, COP26; Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council; and Dennis Awori, Chairman, Toyota Kenya shared examples and approaches of achieving net zero goals by transforming the transportation and built environment of cities. The session highlighted P4G’s strengths and responsibility to ensure local buy-in for these solutions, clearly articulate them for a diverse audience, and bring together different stakeholders to forge, implement and scale these models. Read more about the session here.
P4G’s Thematic Session on “Circular Economy Measures towards a Zero Waste Society” featured an engaging discussion with P4G champions advocating for innovative solutions to generate green growth. Keynote speakers Faruque Hassan, President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association; Julius Muia, Principal Secretary of Kenya’s National Treasury and Planning; and Suharso Monoarfa, Minister of National Development and Planning, Indonesia emphasized the need for an inclusive circular economy transition that advances countries’ climate ambitions. A diverse group of panelists scaling P4G partnerships on sustainable industrialization, circular fashion, and plastics recycling all emphasized the value of P4G in bringing together international cooperation for local implementation. Learn more about the session here.
In 2018, Denmark hosted the inaugural P4G Summit in Copenhagen. This Summit set the precedent for an action-focused global moment that brought together five Heads of State, CEOs, leaders in sustainable development and more than 800 attendees to advance partnerships in the P4G Way. With a bold agenda, it introduced P4G to the world stage as a platform focused on translating innovative ideas into solutions making a tangible impact on the Sustainable Development Goals and climate action.