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The Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) has been uniting the public and private sector to accelerate climate action for 10 years.

First held alongside COP16 in Cancún, Mexico, the Sustainable Innovation Forum has been uniting the public and private sector to accelerate climate action for the last decade. The Forum is now recognised as the premium business-focused event during the UNFCCC’s annual Climate Change Conference.

As we move ever closer to the 1.5C limit, the Forum presents a critical opportunity to drive forward the Paris Agreement framework. Almost 600 delegates gathered to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, green economy during COP25 at the Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones, Madrid, Spain.


What was discussed?

Climate leader insights, keynotes, panel discussions, fireside chats, live polling, Q&A audience debates, start-up pitches, solution sessions, innovation spotlights and much more content opportunities ensured our delegates received unique insights to the projects of governments and the private sector to meet national climate change commitments.

Accelerating Solutions for Climate Action


Why Attend?

Delegates join global leaders for the largest business-focused climate forum alongside the COP25 negotiations in Madrid.

“The Sustainable Innovation Forum brings together leading companies, high-level ministers, mayors from cities all over the world and young professionals to discuss the obstacles and opportunities of a sustainable development. It’s all about cooperation when tackling climate change. We always pick up new ideas and expand our network with the SIF.”

Dr. Thomas Becker, Vice President of Government Affairs, BMW Group

“To get on the right path to a better, safer future, we need to work together on common and systemic solutions, and to address the drivers of environmental degradation.  The Sustainable Innovation Forum provides a valuable opportunity to share ideas and learn what others are doing.”

Naoko Ishii, CEO & Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

“The Sustainable Innovation Forum is an invaluable event for stakeholders from different areas (such as politics, NGOs, entrepreneurs and global companies) to discuss solutions, share success cases and establish new contacts. The event’s down-to-earth ambiance opens up for direct discussions and sharing of opinions between stakeholders on different levels and functions.”

Carl Pendragon, CEO, SkyMining


Who Attended?


Past Attending Organisations Include:


Featured Speakers 2019

H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad

Minister of Environment

Dr. Yasmine Fouad is Minister of Environment of the Arabic Republic of Egypt. Her expertise is in Environment and International cooperation with more than 18 years’ experience working in Government, in UN organizations, NGOs and Universities. She holds her MSc in Environmental Science and PhD in Political Science / Euro Mediterranean Studies.

Hoesung Lee


Dr. Hoesung Lee is Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), elected since October 2015, and Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul, Korea. His research encompasses the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences, council member of the Global Green Growth Institute, and a member of the Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Board on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

Isabella Lövin

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate

Isabella Lövin is Minister for Environment and Climate of Sweden, and Deputy Prime Minister. She is also spokesperson of the Green party. She is co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. Former elected Member of the European Parliament (2009–2014) where she was a leading member of the Greens in the Fisheries and Development Committees, involved in the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

Hon. Josaia V. Bainimarama CF, MSD, OStJ

Prime Minister

Lord Ian Duncan

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Lord Ian Duncan was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on July 26 2019. He has also been Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since October 2017.

He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office from June 2017 to July 2019 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales between June and October 2017.

Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to signify Her intention of conferring a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on Dr Duncan.

Mary Robinson


Mary Robinson heads the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a centre for education and advocacy on sustainable and people-centred development in the world’s poorest communities.

She co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders, a network that mobilises women leaders at the highest levels to promote democracy and gender equality. She is a member of the Club of Madrid, a group of global leaders working on governance and conflict issues. She is also:

  • Former President of the International Commission of Jurists
  • Board Member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Board Member of the European Climate Foundation

Mary Robinson served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa from 2013-2014, stepping down in July 2014 to take up the post of Special Envoy for Climate Change until December 2015 after COP21 in Paris. In 2016 she served as the Special Envoy for El Niño and Climate Change. At the COP22 held in Marrakesh in November 2016, Mary Robinson also took part in the high-level dialogue that marked the first Climate Justice Day to integrate human rights into the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Qu Dongyu



Join the Climate Action Journey

It is almost five years since the Paris Agreement was established and we are still not on track to stave off the climate crisis. Time is running out, as highlighted by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report; we only have 12 years in which to act to keep the rise in temperature below 1.5C. If you want to be a part of the climate solution, if you have an ambitious project, new technology or want to influence key UN and government policy to galvanise the green economy, join us next year in Glasgow, UK for the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2020. Register your interest today.

Interested in joining us at 11th Edition of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2020 during COP26?


Representing environment ministers, city leaders, UN agencies, private sector innovators and adopters


Discussing the circular economy, energy transition, sustainable mobility and climate finance


Attendees represent nations all across the globe
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