The World Congress was launched in 2006 to raise awareness of climate change within the wine industry. It is aimed at oenologists, scientists, winegrowers, wine merchants and sommeliers. In April 2011, the Congress took place for the third time in Marbella, Spain, with 350 participants from 40 countries. The event was organised by the Spanish Wine Academy. It developed solutions for mitigating the problems of climate change and presented an environmentally sound economic model for the wine industry. VIP guest speaker was the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He spoke about the international initiative "The Global Compact", which demands more responsibility from business and society for ecological challenges and assigns them the leading role in sustainable development. Other prominent speakers included Daniele Cernilli, former editor-in-chief of the wine guide Gambero Rosso, Californian wine journalist James Suckling, and French organic winemaker Nicolas Joly.
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