Accelerating Solutions for Climate Action at COP25

10-11 December, Madrid, Spain

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. Over 600 delegates will gather to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, green economy during COP25 at the Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones, Madrid, Spain.

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What will be 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 will ensure you get unique insights to the projects of governments and the private sector to meet national climate change commitments.

Accelerating Solutions for Climate Action


Why Attend?

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

Capacity Building and Knowledge:

Learn from over 85 of the world’s most sought-after thought leaders discussing the most pressing matters in combating climate change.

Invaluable Networking Time:

Formal and informal networking opportunities ensure you will meet with a number of peers who are also invested in tackling climate change.

Discover Innovative Solutions:

Learn and exchange ideas with solution experts and industry thought leaders and pick up strategies and technologies which can accelerate your sustainable projects.

Meet with Climate's Key Figures:

A hand-picked audience of 600 global policy and decision-makers, providing a unique gathering of the most influential players in climate change policy and action.

“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 Attends?

Based on 2018 attendance


Past Attending Organisations Include:


Featured Speakers

Barbara Buchner

Executive Director

Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of the widely renowned Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change and one of the 100 most influential people in climate policy, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world.

Barbara directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab) and its sister programs in Brazil and India. The Lab’s public-private approach solicits, shapes, and tests cutting edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects. Instruments from the Lab have mobilized over 1.4 billion US dollars for sustainable development in developing countries in just four years.

Cristina Gamboa


Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the World Green Building Council is a passionate advocate for green buildings and cities as one of the most effective solutions to climate change and as a means to deliver on social justice and other environmental goals, such as stopping biodiversity loss.

Prior to joining WorldGBC, she was CEO of Colombia Green Building Council and also has expertise in the fields of economic research, journalism and international affairs. Thanks to her active, committed and participatory leadership, and thorough knowledge of sustainable development, the Colombia GBC met significant milestones that enabled sustainability in construction to become mainstream in her home country.

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.

Helena Molin Valdes

Head of the Secretariat

Helena Molin Valdés heads the Secretariat for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to reduce short-lived climate pollutants since 2013, hosted by UNEP in Paris. CCAC is a unique multi-stakeholder partnership, to scale up measures to reduce methane, black carbon, tropospheric ozone and HFCs, as a complement to aggressive CO2 mitigation, and to improve public health and other SDGs.

An experienced leader within the UN system, she was a senior executive with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), leading work on resilience, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, and climate change related topics, globally and as head of the regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean. She worked with the Pan American Health Organization on hospital mitigation and disaster preparedness. She started as a practicing architect in Sweden.

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.

Iván Arriagada


Iván Arriagada has been CEO of Antofagasta plc since 2016. He previously held the post of CFO at Chilean state copper mining giant Codelco.

He previously served at BHP Billiton as Operations Vice-President, Base Metals and before this was CFO for BHP’s Base Metals group. Before entering the world of copper mining, he held various posts in finance and business development at Royal Dutch Shell.

Mr. Arriagada is also currently chairman of the International Copper Association, which brings together the major copper producers globally to promote the use of copper and sustainability in the industry. He is also co-chair of the Mining sector governors’ group of the World Economic Forum.

Mme. Marie-Christine Marghem

Minister, Federal Minister of Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development

The Hon. George Heyman

Minister for Environment & Climate Change Strategy

George was the executive director of Sierra Club BC, one of the province’s oldest environmental advocacy and education organizations. He also served three terms as president of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). In both organizations, George was a respected negotiator and a strong fiscal manager. Prior to these positions he lived in Terrace for many years, and worked throughout BC’s northwest and coastal communities.

George has been a faculty member of Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Negotiation program, teaching courses in multi- party negotiations and collaborative decision-making. He has guest lectured at a number of universities in B.C. and abroad, and served on advisory committees for post-graduate and undergraduate degree programs at three B.C. universities.

George is a passionate advocate for issues facing his constituents, including education, health care, the arts, child care, workers’ rights, transit, affordable housing, environmental responsibility and climate action. He also advocates for a more sustainable, modern and diverse economy. George enjoys running, kayaking, live music and theatre.


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, then this is your opportunity. Register today.

Interested in joining us at 10th Edition of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2019 during COP25?


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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