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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Worldwide Leaders Will Come Together at Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced many prominent leaders from around the world will participate in the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3: Building the Green Economy to be held on Monday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). The Governor today welcomed an impressive line-up of participants and speakers, which include award-winning producer and director James Cameron, actor Harrison Ford, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Rajendra Pachauri and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell.
“I’m proud that we can bring together world-renowned leaders to collaborate on such important issues that affect us all. There is no better way to address the devastating affect that climate change has on our environment and our economy than by building these partnerships around the globe and influencing the global climate movement,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.
Governor Schwarzenegger also announced the Summit co-hosts: Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm; Washington Governor Chris Gregoire; Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle; and Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. Among many other notable participants, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia of Cebu, Philippines; Vice Governor He Duanqi of Yunnan, China; Director General Gao Guangsheng of the Climate Division of the National Development Reform Commission in China; Ambassador Richard Jones, Deputy Director of the International Energy Agency in Paris, France; Pavan Sukhdev, Head of the Green Economy Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan of Delta State, Nigeria; and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will also join the Summit’s events.
Co-hosted by Governor Schwarzenegger, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and UNEP and co-sponsored by UC Davis, this year’s summit will continue to expand the network of subnational collaboration to share policies and strategies on how to stimulate economic growth, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, create green jobs, promote clean energy solutions and reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Participants will work to deepen and broaden cooperative efforts to grow green economies and implement emissions reduction strategies.
“UNEP is pleased to join forces with the state of California on the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3. We are particularly delighted that the Governor has chosen to focus the Summit on Building the Green Economy, as this is an issue which UNEP is promoting around the globe,” said UNEP Regional Office for North America Director Amy Fraenkel.
For years, Governor Schwarzenegger has worked to bring world leaders together at all levels of government to partner on ways to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create a healthier environment and build green economies. Last year, the Governor and United Nations officials welcomed more than 1,200 attendees from more than 70 states, provinces and countries to the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 2 in Los Angeles and, this year, is promising the same world renowned leaders with efforts focused on green economies that benefit both developed and developing countries.
The Governors’ summits have helped provide a platform for states and provinces to partner to reduce emissions, grow their green economies and influence their national governments towards the same goal. The past climate summits brought together international leaders committed to reducing greenhouse gases from deforestation, international offset projects and global collaboration with nations such as China, which just launched its first voluntary carbon registry. The world is now taking notice of the important role for provinces and states in fighting global warming. This year’s summit will also provide subnational leaders the opportunity to influence the position of their national governments in advance of the United Nations COP 16 in Cancun in December.
The Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 will take place at UC Davis to take advantage of the university’s long history of world-class research and development in environmental sustainability and green jobs. UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will also participate in the Summit’s opening ceremony on Monday, November 15.
Additional information on the events at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3, including media credentialing information, is available at www.ggcs3.org. For more information and registration, visit the website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.