That our planet is in crisis seems incontrovertible to most of us who inhabit it. And increasingly, to those who govern it.
The 1st Athens ESG & Climate Crisis Summit is set to take place in October at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. The two-day forum, spearheaded by the Greek broadsheet "Kathimerini", promises to home in on the great challenges, goals and workable solutions of businesses and regulatory authorities in confronting climate change and adopting environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) policies and standards.
The debut event has lured influential policymakers from both the public and private sector and the political realm, such as Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, and Todd Stern, United States Special Envoy for Climate Change and the US chief negotiator at the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (who is one of the top-billed speakers).
While the discussions will take place live and in person, the public will be able to participate online, in both Greek and English. Keynote moments will include: a fireside chat between Mr Mitsotakis and the renowned Columbia economist and sustainable development specialist Jeffrey Sachs; and a session in which high school and university students share their fears on the threat of climate change with the Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Christos Stylianides.
The summit aims to provide a framework for sustainable growth and the value of ESG criteria; and to examine the importance of the European Green Deal and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations in entrepreneurship.
You can read the full programme here and book your digital tickets on the link provided below.