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P4G Copenhagen Summit 2018

On Friday 19 October, the Danish Prime Minister opened the Summit at the Confederation of Danish Industry. In the afternoon, participants were matched in working sessions with relevant potential partners from other countries, businesses, finance institutions, and international organizations committed to sustainable development in order to develop new partnerships or take existing partnerships to a new level. Global state of the art partnerships were showcased on the first day. The afternoon sessions took place at the Confederation of Danish Industry, Bloxhub and Eigtveds Pakhus.

The second day, Saturday 20 October took place at the Danish Radio Concert Hall. In prominent surroundings with participation of the Danish Royal Court, heads of state and governments, CEOs, leaders of civil society and organizations reviewed the outcome of the first day of the Summit, elevated crosscutting themes, and recognized the best partnerships at the P4G award ceremony.

Friday 19 October



Location: Confederation of Danish Industry



Location: Confederation of Danish Industry 

Karsten Dybvad, Confederation of Danish Industry

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister

Harvesting the SDG Business Opportunities through Partnerships


Location: Confederation of Danish Industry 

How can public-private partnerships accelerate sustainable growth? A cross-sectoral panel of global leaders discuss how business and the public sector can collaborate to acheive more sustainable cities and economies. Leaders share examples of how they are embracing the SDGs at all levels of their organisations to increase impact.

Moderator Melinda Crane, Anchor, Deutsche Welle

Andrew Steer, CEO, World Resources Institute

Søren Skou, CEO, Maersk

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director, BYD Europe

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore



Location: Confederation of Danish Industry

Financial Strategies for a Sustainable Transition


Location: Confederation of Danish Industry

What are the means to align the financial sector and the SDGs? Which finance models are needed for accelerating investments in sustainable solutions? Panel participants provide advice and concrete examples on the way forward, including pioneering partnerships between public and private finance, innovative financing models, and targeted initiatives aimed at increasing the global supply of investable projects.

Moderator  Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment

Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, BlackRock

Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO, PKA

Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environmental Facility (GEF)

Diwakar Gupta, Vice President, Asian Development Bank

John Roome, Senior Director, World Bank Group

Presentation of P4G Scale-Up Parterships


Location: Confederation of Danish Industry

Since P4G’s launch in January, more than 450 partnerships from 80 countries have applied to become a P4G Partnership. The 8 partnerships selected as finalists to receive scale-up funding of up to $1 million signal the emerging characteristics of what is a P4G partnership. These partnerships demonstrate innovative business and finance models to achieve sustainable growth with high potential for scaling and replication. P4G Global Director, Ian de Cruz, will discuss characteristics of a P4G partnership and how P4G’s approach and global network can accelerate their progress.

Moderator Melinda Crane, Anchor, Deutsche Welle

Ian de Cruz, Global Director, P4G

Wu Changhua, Executive Director, Value internet Academy

Xuemei Gu, Chief Technology Officer, Cainiao

Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40

Terri Toyota, Deputy Head of Centre for Global Public Goods, World Economic Forum

Transportation and Lunch at Destination


Thematic Breakout Sessions: Partnership Showcasing and Facilitation


Participants will be escorted to one of the five P4G thematic tracks; food & agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy. The tracks have identical setups.

Thematic Breakout Session I: Food and Agriculture

Location: Eigtveds Pakhus

Ministry of Environment and Food & The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)

Themes: The food and agriculture track focuses on global food issues including sustainable food systems, food security, prevention of food loss and waste, deforestation and yield improvements through effective harnessing of big data and mobile technologies. The overall purpose is partnership acceleration, feedback and development.

Charlotte Ersbøll, Senior Advisor, UN Global Impact


Joost Oorthuizen, CEO, The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)

Ben Valk, Director of Banking for Food Partnerships, Rabobank

Lise Kingo, CEO, UN Global Compact

Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, Minister for Environment and Food, Denmark

Marie-Louise Appelquist, Managing Director & Partner, Nordic Consulting Group

Matias Pollmann-Larsen, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group

State-of-the-Art Partnerships

Courthauld Commitment 2025, Richard Swannel, Director, WRAP Global

Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, Marco Albani, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance

Green Growth Plan Lam Dong Province, Daan Wensing, Program Director for Landscapes, IDH

 P4G Partnerships

Indonesia Food Loss and Waste Action Partnership

Food Delivery Companies for Reducing Single-Use Plastics

Sustainable Food Platform
Towards large-Scale Digital Decision Support Systems for Farmers

The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Lab for Climate Finance

Reducing Deforestation by Expanding

Thematic Breakout Session II: Water

Location: Eigveds Pakhus

Ministry of Environment and Food, World Resources Institute (WRI) & International Water Association (IWA)

Themes: Introduction to global challenges on water and the possibility that partnerships can help address these challenges and link to SDG objectives 6 and 17.

Betsy Otto, Director, World Resources Institute

Speakers:  Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, Minister for Environment and Food, Denmark

Kim Eun-kyung, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea

Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director, IWA

Hak-Soo Lee, CEO, K-Water

Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark

Tom Ferguson, Vice President, Imagine H20

Victor Garnreiter, Senior Vice President International Development, SUEZ

Christian Friis Bach, Secretary General, Danish Refugee Council

Torben Huss, CEO, IFU

State-of-the-Art Partnerships

PAMIGA, Renée Chao-Béroff, General Manager, PAMIGA

Strategic Water Partners Network, Nicholas Kudakwashe, Senior Specialist, Strategic Water Partners Network

Singapore - Four Water Taps, Tan Yok Gin, Deputy Chief Executive, Public Utilities Board

 P4G Partnerships

Business-Humanitarian Partnership Lab

Partnership for Blended Finance on Water

Thematic Breakout Session III: Energy

Location: Confederation of Danish Industry

Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate & International Energy Agency

Themes: The energy track looks at mobilising investment and transforming finance models at the international, national, and sub-national level to boost production and access to renewable energy, including for off-grid communities, and improving energy efficiency e.g. in big data centers.

Helen Mountford, Director of Economics, World Resources Institute

Speakers:  Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Denmark

Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, Environment Director, OECD
Anders Runevad,
CEO & Group President, Vestas

Robert Orr, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Climate Change, United Nations
Chun Taek,
President, Korea Institute of Energy Technology, Evaluation and Planning

Christian T. Skakkebak, Senior Partner, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Anjuli Pandit, UK Head of Corporate Sustainability, BNP Paribas 

Gabriel Mejia, Senior Partnerships Relations Manager, Ørsted

Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility

State-of-the-Art Partnerships

Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, Joao Cunha, Division Manager, Energy Initiatives, African Development Bank

The District Energy in Cities Initiative, Lily Riahi, Head of District Energy in Cities Initiative, UN Environment

Lighting Global/ Lighting Africa, Dana Rysankova, Global Lead for Energy Access, World Bank

 P4G Partnerships

Clean Energy Investment Accelerator/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

GreenCo/Africa GreenCo

Energise Africa/ Lendahand Ethex

Global Distributors Collective/Practical Action

Green FIDC

The Global Partnership for Energy-Efficient Data Centres

Thematic Breakout Session IV: Cities

Location: Bloxhub

Copenhagen Municipality & C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Themes: After welcoming remarks by Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 and Lord Mayor Frank Jensen, Mayor of Copenhagen, this session will discuss how city and business partnerships can advance the Green Economy

Jesper Nygard, CEO, Realdania


Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility

Frank Jensen, Mayor, Copenhagen

Lars Fruergaard Jorgensen, CEO, Novo Nordisk

Jens Birgersson, CEO, Rockwool Group

James Raymond, Manager, Research & Analysis at Vancouver Economic Commission

Erica Helson, Assistant VP, Smart & Sustainable Cities, New York City

Lene Dammand Lund, Rector, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation

Malou Aamund, Country Director, Google Denmark

Solomon Kidane Zegeye, Deputy Mayor, Addis Ababa

State-of-the-Art Partnerships

Key note: Kim Fausing, CEO, Danfoss

Walking and Cycling Masterclass Partnership,
Niels Lund, VP Health Advocacy, Novo Nordisk

CFF: Financing low carbon mobility infrastructure development in Mexico City, James Alexander, Programme Director, City Finance & Head, C40 Cities Finance Facility

Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets, Drew Kodjak, Executive Director, ICCT

 P4G Partnerships

Building Efficiency Accelerator

Green Logistics City Partnership

Electrification of Buses

Thematic Breakout Session V: Circular Economy

Location: Confederation of Danish Industy

Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs & Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Themes: The circular economy track will take a cross-sectoral approach to how we accelerate green growth and innovation for sustainability through new ways of designing, producing, using, reusing and remanufacturing. Focus will be on both industrial products and materials, as well as consumer products and packaging, within areas like plastics, machinery, electronics, industrial parks and special economic zones

Peter Woodward, Director, Quest Associates


Rasmus Jarlov, Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Denmark

Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman, Carlsberg Foundation and Carlsberg

Siddharth Hande, Founder & CEO of Kabadiwalla Connect, India

State-of-the-Art Partnerships

European Remanufacturing Council, David Fitzsimons, Managing Director, Oakdene Hollins

Circular London, Wayne Hubbard, CEO, LWARB

Next Wave Plastics, Dune Ives, Executive Director, Lonely Whale

 P4G Partnerships

Sustainable Special Economic Zones

Circular Economy Retrofitting of Chinese Industrial Parks

Partnership for a New Plastics Economy in Kenya

Vietnam Materials Marketplace

Race to the Top

Thematic Opening


Ministers, CEOs, and sector experts will set the scene and discuss how market-driven partnerships can accelerate sustainable businesses in the particular field.

For all thematic breakout sessions.

State-of-the-Art Partnerships


Showcasing examples of public-private partnerships with impact.

For all thematic breakout sessions.

Coffee Break and Networking


Participants can use the P4G Copenhagen Summit app to meet and network withSummit participants, including representatives from young tech companies pioneeringthe sustainable tech-transition in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia & Korea.

For all thematic breakout sessions.

Partnership Acceleration Workshop and Thematic Sessions


Through tailored, facilitated sessions led by experts within each thematic track, the acceleration workshop will support partnerships at different developmental stages andprovide them with concrete tools to move forward.

Round-up and Closing Remarks


Key learnings and insights are extracted and shared. To round up, each track will announce which state-of-the-art partnership will make its way to the pitch session on Saturday

Transport to Joint Networking Event


Joint Networking Event at the Copenhagen City Hall

17:30 - 21:30

After the thematic tracks, all summit delegates are escorted to Copenhagen City Hall Square where young people taking part in ‘next generation P4G’ activities will invite everyone to tour a sustainable Copenhagen home – in the form of a mega-sized apartment constructed on City Hall Square to showcase innovative sustainable solutions to some of the key challenges posed by increasing urbanisation. Topics such as provision, consumption and waste of water, food and energy and energy efficiency in buildings will come to life for visitors through physical and digital interaction within the apartment’s different rooms. An online calculator will allow guests to make estimates about the magnitude of global challenges in areas such as food loss, flooding in urban areas and health impacts of air pollution and see the positive effects of particular solutions.

From 17:45 delegates can enter the historic City Hall where a festive dinner reception begins 18:30.The program includes amble time for delegates from across the five thematic tracks to meet and greet.

Moderator Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor, Copenhagen

Rufus Gifford, Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, United States

Saturday 20 October



Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall

Opening:  Global Leadership for a Sustainable Future


Lead Moderator

Melinda Crane, Anchor, Deutsche Welle
Welcome Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister, Denmark

P4G Keynotes

Moon Jae-In, President, Republic of Korea

Mulatu Teshome, President, Ethiopia

Nguyn Xuân Phúc, Prime Minister, Vietnam

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister, Netherlands 

Speech on Sustainable Cities

Wang Zhigang, Special Envoy for the Government, China

High-Level Dialogue Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister, Denmark

Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh

Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum

Ana Hajduka, Founder and CEO, Africa GreenCo

Amy Jadesimi, CEO, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base

 Special Guest keynote

Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan 

Next Generation Leadership - Charting the Way Forward


Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall 

Former Prime Minister of Norway and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change Gro Harlem Brundtland speaks to next generation leaders championing innovative market based solutions for a more sustainable future


Melinda Crane, Anchor, Deutsche Welle


Gro Harlem Bundtland, Former Prime Minister, Norway

Samuel Rigu, CEO, SAFI Organics

Hanny Mulugeta Semere, Co-Founder, Epov

Coffee break and networking

Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall 

Pitch Session: State-of-the-Art International Partnerships


Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall  

The State-of-the-Art partnership winners from each of the thematic tracks will pitch their partnerships to a panel of experts. The audience can ask questions via the Summit App and cast their vote for the winner.

 Moderator Melinda Crane, Anchor, Deutsche Welle

Strive Masiyiwa, Executive Chairman and Founder, Econet Group

Hans Peter Lankes, Vice President, International Finance Corporation

Birgitte Qvist-Sorensen, General Secretary, Dan Church Aid

Lise Kingo, CEO, UN Global Compact

Soo Young Lee, CEO, Kolon Eco One

Breakouts: P4G Partnership Themes


Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall  

Panels will discuss cross-cutting themes and trends emerging across the P4G partnership applications in the five P4G focus areas.


Breakout Session I: Digital Platforms and New Technologies as Drivers of Sustainability

Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall, Studio 4 

How can advances in big data, machine learning, blockchain, mobile technologies, and mobile money be applied to accelerate solutions for green growth? A panel of experts will explore how these new technologies are expected to develop and will create new opportunities for partnerships across the SDGs.

Moderator Amanda Eichel, Executive Director, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chairman, Siemens

Bo Øksnebjerg, Secretary General, WWF Denmark

Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM

Inhyok Cha, Executive Vice President, SK Telecom

Ann Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, SAP


Breakout Session II: Resource Efficient Solutions - Partnering Along the Value Chain

Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall, Studio 2

How can a more circular economy be applied and more resource efficient solutions be scaled across sectors such as water, food and buildings, as well as emerging and developing countries experiencing rapid growth? Hear from thought leaders who are furthering the circular economy, our next frontier.

Moderator Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister, Netherlands

Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Novozymes

Claire Vyvyan, Senior Vice President, Dell Technologies

Zhang Xianming, Vice President, Broad Group

Thomas Carlsson, CEO, NCC

Breakout Session III: Collaboration: Cities and Sustainable Industrial Parks for Innovation and Growth

Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall, Studio 3 

What are the good examples of approaches and lessons learned for cities to become successful hubs and innovation centers for green growth? Can sustainable innovation transform traditional industrial zones into commercial engines for the future in developing countries? A panel of experts will discuss the policies, financing models, and partnerships necessary for developing the ecosystem for cities to become SDG innovation centers.

Moderator  Andrew Steer, CEO, World Resources Institute

Amy Jadesimi, CEO, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base

Frank Rijsberman, Director General, GGGI

Hongbo Chen, COO, TusHoldings Co

Solomon Kidane Zegeye, Deputy Mayor, Addis Ababa [TBC]

Breakout Session IV: Creating the Enabling Regulatory Framework for Financing Public-Private Partnerships

Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall, Main Stage

What is the role of governments in terms of developing a framework for PPPs across venture, growth and infrastructure investments? Which regulatory and collaborative models are successful, such as green procurement, blended finance, green funds and bonds? Explore how policy, partnership, and investment strategies are increasing the adoption of green growth in thought-leading countries.

Moderator Melinda Crane, Anchor, Deutsche Welle

Kristian Jensen, Minister for Finance, Denmark

Seleshi Bekele Awulachew, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia

Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark

Hott Amadou, Vice President, African Development Bank

Robert Orr, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Climate Change, United Nations



Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall  

Lunch at the panorama hall of the Concert Hall. Attended by HRH The Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and HRH The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

P4G Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks


Location: The Danish Radio Concert Hall 

The session will start with the P4G Awards Ceremony. Award presenters will announce the P4G Partnerships to receive 2018 scale-up funding and facilitation, and the winner of the 2018 P4G Partnership Award

Award presenter  HRH the Crown Princess of Denmark
Closing Remarks

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister, Denmark


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To achieve our ambitions as embodied in the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, we must work in partnerships to promote inclusive, green growth. P4G Summit will be a significant contribution to making this happen. I look forward to participate

Frank Rijsbersman, President, Global Green Growth Institute
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