The Regional Leaders’ Summit is a global network of seven partner regions spanning four continents. Its purpose is to strengthen worldwide cooperation in the fields of economy, science, and society, to tackle the challenges of globalization, and to seize accompanying opportunities. The partner regions are Bavaria (Germany), Georgia (United States), Québec (Canada), São Paulo (Brazil), Shandong (China), Upper Austria (Austria), and Western Cape (South Africa).
The first Summit took place in Munich in 2002 on the initiative of Bavaria. Since then, the regional leaders of the partner regions meet every two years. Focal topics of the previous Summits were, among others, “Politics for Generations”, “Resource-Efficient Society”, and “Sustainable Energy and Development”.
The Eighth Regional Leaders’ Summit convened on 14 and 15 July 2016, chaired by the Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer. It was the second Regional Leaders’ Summit to take place in Munich. Apart from the regional leaders’ debates on current challenges and the further development of bilateral cooperations, new paths of cooperation were explored in the form of collaborative projects in which all regions work together.