The fourth annual Business for the Environment Global Summit (B4E), sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme, kicks off in Seoul, South Korea. This three-day green business conference will feature more than 1,000 attendees, speakers from some of the world’s largest companies, and speeches from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former vice president Al Gore, and director James Cameron.

Several key topics will be covered during the first day of the summit including the need for a global green economy, helping more consumers realize the importance of green business, sustainable tourism, and how climate change is affecting food stability and poverty across the world. Al Gore will present the lunchtime keynote address via hologram.

Day two of the conference features a discussion panel on green entrepreneurship in emerging countries. Neil Hawkins (The Dow Chemical Company), Chido Governo (Orphans Train Orphans), Changhua Wu (The Climate Group) and others will discuss the importance of spurning the entrepreneurial spirit across the globe.

Other topics on the agenda for Friday include ICT’s role in the green revolution, the all-important sustainable urban development, and how to get these green projects financed.

The conference will be featured in an international webcast where viewers can comment live as well as submit questions for the speakers via Twitter. Due to the volcanic ash that has disrupted air travel over northern Europe, this webcast is going to be an integral part of the summit.

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