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COP26 President Alok Sharma to present opening speech at Reuters IMPACT summit

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Reuters announced today that Alok Sharma, president of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), will present the opening speech at the Reuters IMPACT summit on October 4, which brings together world leaders, scientists, CEOs and forward-thinking pioneers to inspire, drive action and accelerate innovation on climate change. With COP26 planned for early November, Sharma will join the Reuters IMPACT stage to share global climate challenges and set the agenda for economically viable solutions.

Reuters IMPACT will reveal how business, cities and key urban stakeholders are collaborating to transform their impact on our built environment and transportation, harness new innovation and investment opportunities, and lead a recovery that delivers clean, circular, self-sufficient and inclusive cities.

The virtual summit is built upon five central, interlinked themes: Energy, Built Environment, Food and Land Use, Transportation and Finance. Leading speakers at the first annual summit include:

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environmental Programme
  • Jainey Bavishi, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
  • Stefano Boeri, Architect, Urban Planner & Founder, Stefano Boeri Architetti
  • Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Mayor, Melbourne
  • Ginger Cassady, Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network
  • Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Secretary for Transport, France
  • Sean Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Robert Downey, Jr., Founder, Footprint Coalition
  • Mafalda Duarte, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Investment Funds
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Chair, Potsdam Institute
  • Dr. Andrew Forrest, Founder and Chairman, Fortescue
  • Nitin Gadkari, Secretary of Transport, India
  • Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas, Minister for Infrastructure, Brazil
  • Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President
  • Marcie Frost, Chief Executive Officer, CalPERS
  • Jeanne Holm, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, City of Los Angeles
  • Gilbert Houngbo, President, IFAD
  • Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland
  • Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England
  • Yuriko Koike, Governor, Tokyo
  • Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm
  • Roger Millar, Executive Director, Washington State Department of Transport
  • Jennifer Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, Greenpeace
  • Sadie Morgan, Chair, Quality of Life Foundation
  • Ken Murphy, Group Chief Executive, Tesco
  • Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland
  • Bertrand Piccard, Explorer & Founder, Solar Impulse Foundation
  • Grant Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Mars
  • Fiona Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer, Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive, French Development Agency
  • Nico Rosberg, Former Formula 1 Champion and Sustainably Entrepreneur
  • Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director, Amazon Watch
  • Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, UK
  • Francesco Starace, CEO & General Manager, Enel Group
  • Ali Tabrizi, Director, Seaspiracy
  • Tengku Muhammad Taufik, President & Group Chief Executive Officer, Petronas
  • Adina Valean, European Commissioner for Transport
  • Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong
  • Kongjian Yu, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University

Reuters IMPACT follows the success of the inaugural Reuters Next leadership summit in January, which attracted more than 40,000 professionals from over 150 countries who came together to discuss future opportunities for change and growth, as well addressing the rifts and problems that our world and our societies face. Reuters Next returns 1-3 December, 2021.

The inaugural Reuters Next speakers included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai; European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde; BBC Director General Tim Davie; Filmmaker Waad al-Kateab; Zoetis CEO Kristin Peck and AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes.

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