In addition to contributing to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process with its own activities, papers, side events, daily summaries and outreach, ICC also serves as the business and industry focal point with the UNFCCC secretariat and COP22.
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Role of business and civil society
Civil society engages with the UNFCCC process through representative non-governmental observer organizations. Since the early days of the UNFCCC, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been actively involved, attending sessions and exchanging views with other participants, including government negotiators and delegates.
There are currently nine NGO constituencies:
- BINGO : Business and Industry NGOs
- ENGO : Environmental NGOs
- TUNGO: Trade Union NGOs
- IPO: Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations
- LGMA: Local Government and Municipal Authorities
- RINGO: Research-oriented and Independent Organizations
- YOUNGO: Youth NGOs
- Faith : Faith-based NGOs
- Gender: Gender-based NGO
The role of ICC as BINGO focal point for coordination
As the business and industry focal point with the UNFCCC secretariat, ICC:
- Interacts with UNFCCC Secretariat
- Facilitates business interventions
- Coordinates bilateral meetings and meetings with key players
- Holds daily morning briefings (“BINGO meetings”) for informal exchange amongst the business community
- Coordinates the BINGO Day.
“Usual” BINGO activities at UNFCCC meetings
BINGOs are assigned their own meeting room in which to hold meetings and discuss developments. BINGOs hold a daily briefing, usually at 9:00 each day throughout the negotiating session, to discuss the previous days’ development and present the day’s agenda as well as other topics. The BINGO briefing is organized by ICC, and chaired by rotation, and facilitated by staff from the ICC International Secretariat. During the Conference of the Parties (COP) meetings, there is often a rotation of the chair among business participants knowledgeable in the UNFCCC process. The BINGO briefing may also include outside speakers, e.g. from government or intergovernmental organisations (IPCC, World Bank, IEA, etc) delegations.
COP22 daily briefings
9am-10am, room Pacific, UN blue zone
Business and industry is typically given several opportunities at each UNFCCC session to provide input to the formal process by making a brief prepared statement from the floor, known as interventions. Opportunities are provided by invitation of and at the discretion of Chairs of the UNFCCC sessions and are not guaranteed. Business and industry uses these opportunities to make, where possible, coordinated statements which can be on behalf of certain constituencies within the diverse business and industry community, or can be broader consensus statements reflecting the views of the business community as a whole. ICC, as BINGO focal point, works with the UNFCCC secretariat in determining the number and nature of interventions available for each particular negotiating session. The actual delivery of an invited intervention remains completely at the discretion of the Chair of the particular UNFCCC negotiating body and is often subject to last-minute changes and cancellations. Interventions are usually severely time restricted (2 to 3 minutes) and are typically given after Parties have taken the floor.
During large meetings such as COPs and subsidiary bodies meeting, a small office is made available to BINGOs. The ICC international secretariat utilizes this office to coordinate business activities but it is open to all business observers. Your understanding is appreciated in order to allow all or as many people as possible to utilize the office.
Useful information and documentation for the negotiations is provided in electronic platforms via:
- UNFCCC Secretariat : through the UNFCCC website, the negotiations documents, the daily programme, the side event schedule, and furhter supporting documents are available.
- Government of Morocco : through the COP22 website information about COP22, side events in the civil society green zone and further information are published.
- The Earth Negotiation Bulletin (ENB) : a daily report on the outcomes of the previous day’s meetings published by the IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development).These are available around the conference venue and from the IISD website.
How to participate as business and industry representative?
Private sector representatives seeking to attend UNFCCC meetings as observers must be registered in advance through an accredited business and industry NGO such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Only representatives whose names have been communicated to the UNFCCC Secretariat through the designated NGO will be admitted to sessions. Notifications to register along with dates for submission appear on the UNFCCC website (www.unfccc.int). Badges issued at registration must be worn visibly at all times in the meeting area as security at UNFCCC meetings is tight. United Nations security staff checks badges against their computerized database before allowing access to the meeting area and individuals and their belongings must undergo an airport-type screening procedure. Categories of participants can be recognized by the colour of their badge.
The colour of badges signifies the status of participants as follows:
- Pink: National government delegates
- Yellow: NGOs – this is the one you will be given as a business observer
- Blue: UN organizations, including the Secretariat and its consultants
- Green: Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs, e.g. OECD, IEA)
- Orange : Media