The 2021 P4G Seoul Summit, hosted by the Republic of Korea, is a leading global acceleration event for market-based partnerships in developing countries. The P4G Summit is scheduled for May 30 – 31, 2021.
This key moment based around the theme on an "Inclusive Green Recovery Towards Carbon Neutrality" will boost market-based partnerships and rally high-level political and private sector action to invest in P4G and scale these innovative solutions in P4G partner countries and beyond. The P4G Summit will be a stepping stone to COP26 in building back better and greener in this decade of action. It provides a global opportunity for countries to step up their ambitions and show the alignment of P4G partnerships with the global action agenda. To register for the P4G Summit and view more information on the programs, please visit the Summit website.
The Republic of Korea and P4G will unite Heads of State, CEOs and civil society leaders around a shared action agenda to mobilize investments for transformative partnerships delivering tangible SDG and climate action impact. It will highlight P4G’s strong and growing pipeline of more than 50 market-based partnerships and provide an opportunity for partnerships to scale their efforts.
The Summit is an opportunity for P4G to advance its role of bridging the gap between traditional and investment agendas to deliver scalable and replicable impact. This global moment will elevate the most prospective P4G partnerships in front of world leaders and business titans committed to building supportive frameworks and investing in impact.
The 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.
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.
The P4G Seoul Summit will be a stepping-stone to COP26 and set the pace for the decade of action. The global moment comes on the heels of critical net zero commitments from countries like the Republic of Korea, China and Japan. With leadership from P4G country partners like Denmark, Netherlands, and Summit host, the Republic of Korea, the Summit will advance an ambitious climate agenda that encompasses inclusive economic resilience and green recovery. It will provide a global opportunity for countries to step up their climate ambitions and invest in scalable and replicable models of change that can drive green economic growth and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
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.