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EICC to host global leaders at Countdown climate summit

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The EICC has hosted previous TED events

Global leaders from politics, business and the environment are expected to descend on Edinburgh in the autumn when the city hosts a major climate change conference.

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) will host the Countdown Summit, powered by TED and Future Stewards from 12-15 October.

Health and safety concerns permitting, the event will tackle “imaginative and scalable solutions” to turn the tide on climate change and create a healthier and more equitable world for all.

TED and Future Stewards launched the Countdown initiative via a live virtual event 10 October last year with talks and performances by Pope Francis, Prince William, Christiana Figueres and Al Gore as well as scientists, activists, artists, schools and leaders from business and government.

Countdown aims to mobilise millions to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 through radical collaboration—convening all stakeholders to build on the critical work already underway and bringing existing, powerful solutions to an even broader audience.

Countdown’s blueprint for a better future is informed by five fundamental, interconnected questions around “Energy, Transport, Materials, Food and Nature.”  

The EICC has hosted TED conferences on four previous occasions, TEDSummit in 2019 and TEDGlobal in 2011-2012-2013.   

The Countdown Summit will draw together mayors and local officials, policymakers, business leaders, indigenous leaders, scientists, philanthropists, artists, youth activists, and key influencers for “four days of talks, collaboration and commitments to action – commitments that we can learn from, build on, and track together.  The goal is action from everyone: nations, cities, companies and citizens.” 

Marshall Dallas, the EICC’s chief executive, said: “It is a privilege to welcome back the TED Conferences Team, together with Future Stewards and their partners, to Edinburgh later this year for the Countdown Summit.

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“This is such an important initiative for the world, including for Scotland, in a year when COP26 is also being hosted in Glasgow, the world’s attention will be on our country. 

“Countdown is centred around driving global positive change, which matches up with our own vision at the EICC – to create an environment which inspires ideas that change the world.”

Bruno Giussani, the lead curator of Countdown., said: “We look forward to returning to Scotland and to the EICC for the fifth time, a venue that has always provided a perfect setting for impact-focused discussions.”

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Neil Brownlee, head of business events at VisitScotland, commented: “For years Scotland has welcomed the world’s greatest thinkers, innovators and leaders. 

“As we transition towards an emergence from this pandemic, there is no greater endorsement of our nation’s credentials than the return of TED and the Countdown Summit to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, just weeks before COP26 in Glasgow.

“In Scotland we believe Business Events are a catalyst for social and economic transformation; they are a driver to tackle climate change – with Countdown Summit and TED being true leaders in  our global Journey to Change.”

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