Reuters launches Reuters IMPACT: an agenda-setting summit to mobilize global leaders on climate action

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LONDON, May 6, 2021 /CNW/ — Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, announced today the launch of an agenda-setting leadership forum, which will place climate action at the heart of the mainstream business discussion.

From 4-7 October, 2021, Reuters IMPACT will bring together more than 25,000 attendees to hear from the world’s leading political figures, scientists, CEOs and activists to explore how mainstream business can drive the innovations and investments needed to change our future and deliver a clean and inclusive tomorrow. Developed in collaboration with Reuters award-winning newsroom, Reuters IMPACT will be broadcast live and will share strategies and perspectives on how businesses can play a role in averting the impacts of climate change.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at the Reuters Next inaugural event in January 2021

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, UNEP
  • Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Secretary for Transport, France
  • Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas, Minister for Infrastructure, Brazil
  • Gilbert Houngbo, President, IFAD
  • Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England
  • Anna König, Mayor, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jennifer Morgan, CEO, Greenpeace
  • Grant Reid, CEO, Mars
  • Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive, French Development Agency
  • Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, UK
  • Adina Valean, Secretary for Transport, European Commission
  • Secretary Wong, Climate Minister, Hong Kong
  • Kongjian Yu, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Landscape Architecture – Peking University

“I’m delighted that Reuters IMPACT is able to create a forum where global leaders from business, government, science and sustainability convene to tackle climate action head on. Our industry-driven agenda, breaking news and networking sets the stage for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), just weeks later.”

Josh London, Chief Marketing Officer, Reuters, and Head of Reuters Professional

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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