Prince Hussain Aga Khan, son of His Highness the Aga Khan, signed the Charter for Regions of Climate Action (R20 Charter) yesterday, on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network. The mission of the R20 – a new global organization – will be to develop and implement low-carbon and climate resilient projects through cooperation among subnational governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations and educational institutions from around the world.
The signing took place at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3, held at the University of California at Davis. 1,500 participants from more than 80 states, provinces and countries, including key representatives from the AKDN attended the event. The Summit is one of the largest gatherings of regional leaders from around the world focused on climate solutions. In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Environment Programme and co-sponsored by UC Davis, the Summit was co-hosted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. Distinguished speakers included George P. Schultz, former US Secretary of State; Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Nobel laureate, climate change expert and Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Deepak Chopra, author and physician; British Prime Minister David Cameron via satellite; and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales via video message.
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