by Tina Olivero

    30 Mayors From Cities Worldwide & 1,000 Solutions to Gather at ChangeNOW 2023 in Huge Drive Towards Sustainability

    February 17, 2023

    ChangeNOW, the most significant event of solutions for the planet, will return to Paris from 25 to 27 May 2023 for its 6th edition. The three-day summit will bring together over 35,000 of the world’s leading policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, companies, NGOs and citizens to address pressing issues around climate, resources, biodiversity and inclusion.

    This year will see a record-breaking number of mayors from cities all over the world join ChangeNOW as part of the Sustainable Cities Programme. More than 30 mayors are confirmed to attend to share experiences on topics ranging from urban resilience to the circular economy and connect with the startup ecosystem to identify tailored sustainable solutions for their cities.

    Confirmed participating cities include Paris, Dublin, Brussels, Lahti, Budapest, Essen, Suresnes, Grenoble, Bordeaux, Rome, Porto Novo, Muhanga District, Nicosia, Rubavu District, Terrebonne, Carthage, Villeurbanne, Chefchaouen, Quelimane, Nicosia, Rzeszów, Torino, and Kingston.

    400 visionary speakers will take the stage to discuss how to make change happen. The list will include Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet; Matthieu Ricard, Founder of Karuna-Shechen; Omnia El Omrani, COP27 President Youth Envoy; Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome; Kate Raworth, Economist at the Doughnut Economics Action Lab; Benoit Bazin, CEO of Saint-Gobain; Vaitea Cowan, Co-founder & Head of Communications of Enapter; and Adenike Oladosu, Climate and Water Activist. Topics will include:   

    • Biodiversity: Implementing the global biodiversity framework reached COP15 and exploring ways it can be applied at the corporate level as well as from a conservation standpoint, including the critical role of Indigenous community-based solutions.
    • Planetary boundaries: Moving away from a CO2-only approach. Which new models, economies and societies should we develop to drive systemic change?
    • Sufficiency: Earth’s finite resources cannot keep on providing the amount we are currently using. How can we use fewer resources to respect what the planet is able to provide?
    • New narratives: It all starts with inspiring people. How do we turn this inspiration into transformative stories that guide our behaviors, and our individual and collective dreams?

    The event, hosted across the Grand Palais Éphémère and other iconic venues including the Eiffel Tower, will also feature over 1,000 innovative solutions for the planet, presented on stage by founders and entrepreneurs, as well as in the 8,000 square meter exhibition area. The 300+ exhibiting and 200+ pitching solutions are carefully selected based on four key criteria — positive impact, replicability/scalability, innovation and viability.

    Santiago Lefebvre, Founder and CEO of ChangeNOW, said: “With action comes hope, and with hope comes the capacity to lead the profound changes required to secure a sustainable future for humanity. We are excited to bring together the doers and leaders from all around the world to accelerate the deployment of concrete solutions. We cannot wait any longer to reinvent our societies. At ChangeNOW it is a privilege to present so many actions and innovations of today which will be the new norm of tomorrow.”

    Other Programme Highlights will include:

    • Finance the Change – The world’s rendezvous of investors for positive change, showcasing best practices and tools for finance professionals and helping angel investors and citizens better understand how to mobilize capital for a more sustainable world
    • Women for Change  – Highlighting female changemakers and all the people promoting gender equality, with UN Women, HeForShe, One Young World, SHE Changes Climate, and Women in Tech. 
    • Sport for Change – Championing the people and innovations that are leading the transition to a more sustainable and inclusive world of sport.
    • Art for Change – Supporting creative and artistic engagement by inviting contemporary artists to exhibit at ChangeNOW. 
    • Explorers for Change – Engaging with social and environmental purpose-driven explorers about their experience in raising awareness around climate change, including Glaciologist Dr. Heïdi Sevestre, Martin Hartley, photographer and The Last Ice Sentinels expedition leader, as well as polar deep diving specialists and founders of Under the Pole, Emmanuelle Périé-Bardout and Ghislain Bardout. 

    About ChangeNOW

    ChangeNOW is a social enterprise that accelerates the implementation of concrete actions responding to major environmental and social emergencies. Each year, we organize the ChangeNOW summit, the largest event of solutions for the planet, bringing together innovators, investors, thought leaders, and policymakers in an inspiring and action-oriented format. We identify promising solutions for the planet and connect them to the resources they need to scale. Year-round, we organize thematic events such as the Impact Job fair, and the recruitment fair dedicated to positive impact. Each year we publish, with Les Echos START, the ranking of the best schools to change the world, and we help the development of positive impact projects. ChangeNOW 2023 is made possible with the support of our partners, including Kering, KPMG, Orange, Citeo, Capgemini, Transdev, Saint-Gobain, Microsoft, IKEA and GSK, as well as our ecosystem partners: B Lab, Jane Goodall Institute, Clean Tech Open, Ashoka, Founder Institute, UNESCO, One Young World, Solar Impulse Foundation, Force of Nature, WWF, La Croix-Rouge Française, ChangemakerXchange, and Global Shapers.

    For more information about ChangeNOW2023 visit:


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