The President addressed the Austrian World Summit

The President addressed the Austrian World Summit

At the invitation of the Austrian president, Alexander Van der Bellen, President Zuzana Čaputová pa the Austrian World Summit in Vienna on Thursday 17 September 2020. 

The Austrian World Summit has been held regularly since 2017 under the patronage of the Austrian president. The aim of the summit is to raise awareness of the climate crisis. This year´s theme of the summit was the relationship between the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

President Čaputová addressed High-level panel entitled “REACTING TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS – BE PART OF THE SOLUTION”, together with the Croatian president, Zoran Milanović, the vice-president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, and the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez.  

The summit’s founder, former Californian governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, opened the summit with introductory remarks online.   The Austrian president, Alexander Van der Bellen and chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, gave short speeches , followed by video addresses by Prince Charles and the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.  

I´m glad, that today I could bravely say that Slovakia is prepared to act and protect the environment. The Austrian World Summit is a platform of partnerships for green solutions – which connects companies, governments, self-governing regions and organisations working together on sustainable development.

In her speech, the president stressed out concrete steps Slovakia is prepared to make:

- To achieve carbon neutrality in production of electrical energy until 2030, which will bring Slovakia on the peek in the EU.

- To use the EU Recovery Plan for building a greener economy.

- To use the EU funds for retrofitting of buildings, which is also part of the EU Recovery plan. This will significantly reduce the carbon footprint, will stop the degradation of the climate and will save money in energy spending.
The president also expressed the aim of the President´s Office to become the first carbon neutral office.

The whole speech of the president is available in the section Speeches.