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15: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnerships

Breakout / Sustainability
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Achieving the Paris Agreement by 2050 calls for effective measures. How can such a transformation be triggered? Who are the game changers? How can we convince policymakers and the public? Using examples from urban mobility, climate change adaptation, and energy use, we discuss promising leverage points. How can new partnerships between business, science, politics, administration and civil society enable an emission-neutral and climate-resilient society worth living in?


Mayor, Lienz
Head, Strategic Environmental Management, voestalpine AG, Linz
Deputy Director, Institute of Public Law and Political Science, University of Graz
Owner, Heller Organizational & Management Consulting, Klosterneuburg Chair

Ing. Johann PRAMMER

Head, Strategic Environmental Management, voestalpine AG, Linz

1977-1982 Höhere Technische Bundeslehranstalt, Linz
1984-1989 VOESTALPINE Stahl Linz Gesellschaft m.b.H.
1989-2004 Gewerberechtlicher Geschäftsführer, SCS-TECHNOLOGY Verfahrenstechnik GmbH, Linz
seit 2004 Leitung Strategisches Umweltmanagement, Leitung Umwelt Steel Division und Abfallrechtlicher Geschäftsführer, voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Linz

Mag. MBA Holger HELLER

Owner, Heller Organizational & Management Consulting, Klosterneuburg

1995-1997 Büro für Europäische Bildungskooperatation / SOKRATES National Agentur, stellvertretender Leiter
1996-1998 Masterstudium der Rechtswissenschaften, Graz
1997-1999 Ständige Vertretung Österreichs (Botschaft) bei der EU, Attaché für Bildung und Forschung, Brüssel
1999-2002 Europäische Kommission, Nationaler Experte / Projektleiter, Generaldirektion Bildung und Kultur, Brüssel
2002-2006 Industriellenvereinigung, Projektleiter & Experte, Wien
2006-2011 Geschäftsführer, Limak Austrian Business School, Linz
2011-2012 Bildungskarenz
seit 2012 Gründer und senior consultant, holger heller organizational development & management consultancy, Klosterneuburg

Political Symposium

show timetable


13:30 - 16:30My Europe: How to tell the storyPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Alpbach Hike: MindfulnessPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Development dialogues: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
14:30 - 15:45Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
16:15 - 17:30Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:00 - 19:00The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: Defending democracy in the digital ageBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 19: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do? (Что делать?)Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council presidencyPlenary


09:00 - 10:30The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Global transformations towards a sustainable futurePlenary