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ICC plays a central role at climate change negotiations as the official UNFCCC Focal Point for Business and Industry.

COP25 takes place from 2-13 December 2019 in Madrid. Here’s everything you need to know about our role and activities.

ICC – Your official business “Focal Point’’

The Conference of the Parties – more simply referred to as COP – is the decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

ICC is officially responsible for bringing the business perspective to the UN climate negotiations and supporting business engagement throughout the two-week meetings.

Our activities include:

  • Coordinating and contributing the business perspective to the negotiations and high-level meetings
  • Holding daily briefings for business and industry delegates known as BINGO Briefings. A benefit to the business community our briefings are a chance to assess developments of the previous day and to determine a plan for the current day’s negotiation agenda
  • Hosting the official Business and Industry Day. BINGO Day showcases private sector climate action and provides constructive policy input from business to policymakers
  • Working with the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action team to deliver action events around the following thematic areas: industry, energy, transport, land use, water, oceans, human settlement, resilience and finance

ICC activities during COP25

ICC will be actively involved in the main UNFCCC programme (PDF) and the Global Climate Action programme and will also offer a range of ICC engagement opportunities as follows:

All COP25 business delegates are invited to join the ICC-organised Business and Industry Briefings.

Chaired by business representatives knowledgeable in the UNFCCC process, BINGO Briefings facilitate business participation at the event and provide insights into the negotiations and discussions that you may have been unable to attend in person.

The official COP25 Business and Industry Day (BINGO Day) is hosted and organised by ICC, in our capacity as UNFCCC Focal Point for business and industry. This year, we are collaborating with the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), with the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation and the World Bank Group.

Discover the full programme.

Unable to make the event? Watch the livestream of our session.

You can also view the IETA-EPRI session on the value of Article 6 and WBCSD’s session on business climate resilience.

Since its launch at the 11th World Chambers Congress in June 2019, the Chambers Climate Coalition has catalysed an unprecedented mobilisation of local business leaders in support of bold action to tackle climate change.

Today, members of the Coalition total more than 2,100 chambers and affiliate organisations—representing over 10 million local businesses. The event is a call to action for other local business leaders to demonstrate climate leadership, with special focus on the energy and agribusiness sectors.

In 2020, governments will be invited to submit their revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). To date, 67 countries have committed to enhancing their NDCs and 66 countries have committed to targets to achieve carbon neutrality. This represents only a third of the Parties to the Paris Agreement and collectively only an estimated 8% of emissions.

As the only private sector member of the NDC Partnership, this event will explore how business can work with government to develop, implement and review country NDCs.

How to get involved…

If you are a business or business organisation and would like to receive regular updates from ICC on COP25 please contact us.

If you would like to join the Business and Industry distribution list to receive official information from the UNFCCC and be alerted to opportunities to engage in the UNFCCC process, please write to the ICC Secretariat.

Business participation and delivering business key messages in COP discussions are essential when it comes to informed policymaking. If you are unable to join the activities in Madrid, the UNFCCC offers live streaming to enable virtual participation.

You can also follow ICC’s activities via our dedicated social media accounts on Twitter or join the conversation using #COP25, #UNFCCC, #Chambers4Climate.

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