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

The twenty-third session of the UNFCCC, COP 23, will take place from 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany, presided over by the Government of Fiji. All states that are parties to the UN convention are represented.

ICC has a long history of promoting climate action at the international level and is the business “focal point” to the UNFCCC.

This lead role for the world business organization includes responsibility for bringing the business perspective to the UN climate negotiations, including:

  • Liaising with the UNFCCC Secretariat on behalf of the business community;
  • Conducting interventions and submitting statements to the UNFCCC process to provide the business perspective on negotiations;
  • Holding daily morning meetings for the benefit of the business community (“BINGO briefings”) to discuss the previous days’ developments and to plan the business approach to the day’s negotiation agenda;
  • Hosting the official Business and Industry (BINGO) Day to showcase private sector climate action and provide constructive policy input from business to the UNFCCC through a series of roundtables designed to engage business, industry and policymakers;
  • Working with the Global Climate Action team to develop thematic days around industry, energy, water, transport, oceans, agriculture and finance.

In early 2017, ICC was granted Observer Status at the UN General Assembly—the first time that a private sector organisation has been formally admitted into the UN system. ICC’s Observer Status, coupled with our role as the UNFCCC’s focal point for business and industry, means that we are uniquely positioned to advance the business perspective on climate change issues.

Join business and industry at COP 23

If you would like to join the BINGO distribution list to get official information from the UNFCCC and have opportunities to engage in the UNFCCC process, please write to the ICC Secretariat.

For more information…

Go to our COP 23 event page for further details about ICC’s involvement this year. We encourage all business and industry stakeholders to join us for these engagements. You can also stay up to date on the daily COP 23 developments by following us on Twitter.

Negotiating documents, daily programmes, side event schedules and further supporting documents can all be found on the UNFCCC website.