R20 and ISWA, the International Solid Waste Association, renewed their MoU for a new era of cooperation in accelerating the building of sustainable waste management infrastructure
R20 and ISWA, the International Solid Waste Association, renewed their MoU for a new era of cooperation in accelerating the building of sustainable waste management infrastructure

R20, with its new flagship initiative: the Subnational Climate Fund (the SCF), a blended finance impact fund formed to pursue attractive risk-adjusted returns for private investors while generating measurable and certified climate, environmental and social impacts, has concluded with ISWA an updated MoU that aims to accelerate the building of sustainable waste management infrastructure, especially

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Webinars – Subnational Climate Fund (SCF) Project Submission Platform presentation
Webinars – Subnational Climate Fund (SCF) Project Submission Platform presentation

R20, on behalf of the SCF Technical Assistance (SCF TA) team, organized four regional webinars per SCF region to present the project submission platform as follows :  Mediterranean – Balkans : 24 February 2022 (10:00 CET) Africa : 01 March 2022 (09:00 CET) Asia Pacific : 09 March 2022 (09:00 CET) Latin America – Caribbean : 15

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Find out more about R20 presentation at the Innovate4water event in Geneva
Find out more about R20 presentation at the Innovate4water event in Geneva

R20 Foundation organized a session on the theme of “Blended Finance for Infrastructure Investment” at the Innovate4water event, held in Geneva on the March 2, with the following presentations : Subnational Climate Fund – David Albertani, CEO, R20 Foundation Fund certification – Margaret Kim, CEO, Gold Standard Investing in Nature-based Solutions – Gerard Bos, Head –

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Presentation of the Subnational Climate Fund (SCF) to ORU FOGAR and its members
Presentation of the Subnational Climate Fund (SCF) to ORU FOGAR and its members

On February 10, Christophe Nuttall, Senior Advisor of R20 and his team presented the Subnational Climate Fund to the President of ORU Fogar, Rachid el Abdi. This fund is dedicated exclusively to regional projects to face the challenges of climate change, with projects in the field of renewable energy, waste management, water sanitation or agriculture.

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New public – private financial mechanisms cooperation for climate action
New public – private financial mechanisms cooperation for climate action

During COP26, SCF representatives participated in panel discussion focused on mobilizing private sector capital for climate action. The event showcased the Subnational Climate Fund (SCF) which seeks to invest in low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure in developing countries and the Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) which aims to invest in ocean-based mitigation and adaptation

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IUCN Local Action Summit
IUCN Local Action Summit

R20 took an active part in the IUCN Local Action Summit. The Summit was organised to showcase and galvanise the efforts of subnational governments and their partners to deliver positive conservation outcomes. It has made the case for investing in nature-based solutions as part of a green recovery. IUCN recognises the critical role of subnational

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Deal signed to develop Smart Green Villages in Rwanda
Deal signed to develop Smart Green Villages in Rwanda

On Thursday October 10th, 2019, Rwanda Green Fund  signed an agreement with the Global Alliance for Smart Cities and Smart Villages in Africa (GASCA) to develop Rwandan villages into “smart green villages” with an aim to build communities’ resilience to climate change. The deal will be facilitated by 20 Regions of Climate Action (R20), a

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R20AWS: Breakout session on blended finance
R20AWS: Breakout session on blended finance

The breakout session on blended finance was organized by R20, the University of Zurich and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, in partnership with the Climate Infrastructure Partnership. It brought together a broad range of stakeholder groups to discuss ways to direct more capitals towards green projects. The session also served as the kick-off to a wider

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Less Talk more Action at 3rd R20 Austrian World Summit
Less Talk more Action at 3rd R20 Austrian World Summit

More Action! If there is one key message to remember this year’s R20 AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT by, it is this one. On May 28, more than 150 speakers from over 30 countries, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres, took the stage at the

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One Planet Summit Nairobi: Africa pledge
One Planet Summit Nairobi: Africa pledge

On March 14, 2019, in Nairobi (Kenya), the first regional edition of the One Planet Summit sought to build momentum ahead of the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Summit with new commitments, initiatives and coalitions, such as the Global Alliance for Smart Cities in Africa, to develop renewable energy and protect biodiversity in Africa.   Convened

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The 2018 Green Solutions Awards
The 2018 Green Solutions Awards

Solutions already shaping the zero-carbon city. On December 6th, in the Framework of COP24 in Katowice (Poland), winners of the 2018 Green Solutions Awards were revealed during a ceremony that gathered nearly 200 industry professionals from all around the world. Organized by the Construction21 network, the Green Solutions Awards highlights pioneering projects and showcases relevant

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PlastiCircular : The New Age of Plastic
PlastiCircular : The New Age of Plastic

Last Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2018), R20 welcomed key stakeholders – Dow-DuPont, Danone, Nestle, PepsiCo, Veolia, Suez, WBCSD, IUCN, WWF, etc. – to kick off PlastiCircular, a new initiative that aims to create a resilient market for plastic collection and recycling through the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility for post-consumer packaging in developing countries. The one-day

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Climate leaders share stories with purpose at Talanoa Dialogue
Climate leaders share stories with purpose at Talanoa Dialogue

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and R20, partnered with the Prime Minister of Fiji and COP23 President Frank Bainimarama to convene a meeting that brought together key actors and thought leaders. The meeting focused on the impact of sub-national financial systems and explored how joint public/private financing can support low-carbon and climate

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Up to USD 1.4 billion to finance clean infrastructure projects in Africa
Up to USD 1.4 billion to finance clean infrastructure projects in Africa

Leaders from politics, business, finance and civil society, gathered in New York city on September 26th for the second edition of the One Planet Summit to demonstrate progress on commitments taken in December 2017 and further engage public and private actors on climate action. On this occasion, new announcements aiming at strengthening climate commitments, mobilizing

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The R20 Austrian World Summit: Inspiring pioneers towards a sustainable future
The R20 Austrian World Summit: Inspiring pioneers towards a sustainable future

The R20 Austrian World Summit held in Vienna on May 15th, 2018 gathered high-ranking officials, decision-makers, businesses, investors and climate experts dedicated to showcase, promote and implement the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With the objective of building bridges between key stakeholders and a focus on sharing ideas, skills and

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The Sub-national Climate Fund Africa on good tracks for 2018
The Sub-national Climate Fund Africa on good tracks for 2018

Officially announced at COP23 in Bonn on Nov. 14th, the Sub-national Climate Fund Africa (SnCF Africa) is making strong progress ahead of the R20 Austrian World Summit. Following the official announcement of SnCF Africa and dedicated panel at COP23 back in November 2017, support for this first-of-its kind initiative has been growing and important milestones

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Feasibility studies underway
Feasibility studies underway

Fully operational since Q4 of 2017, our Pre-Investment Facilities (PIFs) are currently performing various feasibility studies for Waste valorization, Renewable Energy and LED street lighting infrastructure projects in Africa. Key components of the R20 Value Chain, Pre-Investment Facilities (PIFs) are innovative financial mechanism established in partnership with corporate partners to help project developers perform feasibility

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Accelerating the green economy through capacity building & training
Accelerating the green economy through capacity building & training

Geneva, March 15th, 2018 – R20 and Mines Saint-Etienne, France’s oldest elite engineering school outside Paris, signed a convention agreement to create an International Academic Chair titled “Sustainable Infrastructure and Territories”. With a strong focus on Africa, the International Academic Chair in Sustainable Infrastructure and Territories will support, through training, capacity building and access to

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Make the Planet Great Again
Make the Planet Great Again

Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the One Planet Summit in Paris to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. Aside from his notorious selfie with French President, Emmanuel Macron, Schwarzenegger had an important message about the power of cities and regions to deliver on the Paris Agreement. “Do not worry about the United States dropping

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Region Ile-de-France taking the lead for G20’s regions to join R20 for investment lobbying.
Region Ile-de-France taking the lead for G20’s regions to join R20 for investment lobbying.

In parallel with the One Planet Summit, Arnold Schwarzenegger met with Valérie Pécresse, President of the Ile-de-France Region, and Jérôme Chatrier, Vice President of the Ile-de-France Region in charge of economy and labor, in order to prepare the creation of a consortium of top G20 regions that would be welcomed as new members of the

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Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Anne Hidalgo to tackle air pollution
Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Anne Hidalgo to tackle air pollution

On the eve of the One Planet Summit, Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived on a green bicycle at the Paris City Hall where he joined Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40, to demonstrate the health benefits of climate and air pollution policies for cities and regions. Together, they presented the findings of a new

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European Commission, Global Covenant of Mayors and R20 announce cooperation on innovative sustainable investment at sub-national level in developing countries.
European Commission, Global Covenant of Mayors and R20 announce cooperation on innovative sustainable investment at sub-national level in developing countries.

A joint venture involving the European Commission, the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) and R20 was announced at the One Planet Summit in Paris on Tuesday. Aiming to support the identification, structuring and development of bankable low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure projects from African sub-national authorities, including financing through the SnCF Africa managed by

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Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders
Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

On November 12, hundreds of local and regional leaders from around the world gathered at COP23, in Bonn, to demonstrate the power and potential of cities and regions to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement and keep the global temperature rise well below 2°C. This is the moment to take what we know

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COP23: Schwarzenegger places health at the centre of the climate debate.
COP23: Schwarzenegger places health at the centre of the climate debate.

The “COP Presidency’s High-level event on health” which was held on Nov. 12 in Bonn was important for R20 Founding Chair, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Because for him, failing to talk about the impact of pollution on health is why communication around climate change has been so unsuccessful over the past years. There is something off with

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Signature Ceremony with selected African Projects
Signature Ceremony with selected African Projects

On November 14, during the World Climate Summit, held in Bonn in light of COP23, R20 and EGIS, under their common initiative, the Waste Project Facilitator (WPF), have signed Letters of Intent with project developers in Mali and Ivory Coast. Within this agreement, the WPF will facilitate the feasibility studies for 3 municipal waste infrastructure

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R20 @COP23, Bonn
R20 @COP23, Bonn

The R20 delegation is getting ready to head to Bonn for COP23 and we are excited to share with you the list of events in which we will be demonstrating R20’s unique approach to addressing the funding gap for low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure at the sub national level. Health Actions for the Implementation

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R20, the City of Hamburg and the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster sign a collaboration agreement
R20, the City of Hamburg and the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster sign a collaboration agreement

On September 27th, the R20 Foundation, the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg, and The Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster (EEHH) have signed a memorandum of cooperation to facilitate wind infrastructure projects in emerging countries. The signature ceremony was held in the Hamburg Elbphilarmonie, in the presence of Dr. Rolf Boesinger, State Secretary of Hamburg Ministry

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First Sacred Cities Investment meeting, London July 24-25
First Sacred Cities Investment meeting, London July 24-25

On July 24th and 25th in London, representatives of faith-based sacred city proposals totaling nearly a billion dollars discussed how their initiatives could be funded through the investment community’s growing commitment to ethical or “impact” investment. The event was organized by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), and co-hosted by R20 at The Wesley,

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The R20 Austrian World Summit kicks off!
The R20 Austrian World Summit kicks off!

The R20 Austrian World Summit kicked off this morning in the Hofburg in Vienna. The R20 Founding Chair, Arnold Schwarzenegger greeted participants before the plenary started. The event is bringing together leading politicians, businesses, civil society & NGOs, start-ups, representatives of regions and cities as well as scientists and experts to develop and discuss solutions

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, the R20 Founding Chair, received the Legion of Honour after high-level environmental meetings in Paris
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the R20 Founding Chair, received the Legion of Honour after high-level environmental meetings in Paris

Paris, April 28th 2017 Former California Governor, and R20 Founding Chair, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, attended meetings in Paris last Friday with French President Mr. François Hollande, Mr. Laurent Fabius (President of the French Constitutional Council), and Ms. Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities). They shared their common vision for tackling climate

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