This is one of a series of meeting reports from the Breaking Global Deadlocks project. These meetings attempt to refine the concept of how leaders play an instrumental role in addressing pressing global issues. Past meetings have included prominent individuals, including former leaders, summit sherpas and deputy ministers from most of the countries that have been identified as potential members of a new leaders' forum (the G8 countries plus key emerging and regional powers). This meeting emphasized the need for unprecedented multilateral cooperation to address climate change and the energy debate and highlighted the value of bringing together leaders of both G8 nations and key emerging economies to determine the most promising way forward.