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With less than one week to go to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will be convening and participating in a series of events to make the case for a robust global agreement that works with business to meet the climate challenge.

If you’re headed to Paris for COP21 here are five key dates for your diary…

1. Official Business and Industry Day
As the business focal point to the UN climate talks, ICC will be hosting a range of briefings and events for the private sector -including the official COP21 Business Day on 4 December. The event, known in UN circles as BINGO day, will demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to an ambitious agreement and will explore how business is already taking action for a low-carbon, resilient economy. Key speakers include:

  • John Danilovich, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France and President-Designate of COP 21 and CMP 11

Follow this event on Twitter @iccwbo and #BizCOP21.

BINGO Day takes place on 4 December at the Bourget – UN venue, room 4 (Blue zone).

2. ICC conference on climate change related disputes
A unique event looking at the role of alternative dispute resolution-including arbitration-in resolving climate change related disputes. The event will look at the possible “enforcement gap” under a COP21 deal and the potential role of arbitration in building confidence in a new global climate architecture.

This groundbreaking event is jointly organized by the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the International Bar Association, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

The ICC conference on climate change related disputes takes place on 7 December at ICC global headquarters in central Paris.

3. #OurClimate Photographic Award – winners announcement
Over 600 professional and amateur photographers from more than 60 countries have submitted entries/works to the ICC Photographic Award 2015, an official COP21 event. The Award is a celebration of artistic skill and outstanding photography which aims to draw attention to-and stimulate dialogue around-the global challenge of climate change.

The three Award winners will be announced during a high-level ICC COP21 Gala Reception.

Be the first to know the winners! Follow this event on Twitter via @iccwbo and #OurClimate.

The ICC COP21 Gala Reception takes place on 8 December at ICC global headquarters.

4. Energy for Tomorrow Conference
Climate change is transforming supply chains, operations and markets, creating new challenges – and significant growth opportunities – for forward-thinking business leaders and investors.

Hosted and moderated by New York Times journalists, the Energy for Tomorrow conference brings together powerful CEOs, influential policymakers, energy entrepreneurs and leading academics to uncover the technologies, strategies and investments that will drive success in the new low-carbon economy.

ICC Secretary General John Danilovich will be delivering his vision for climate policy beyond COP21 on the second day of this event on 9 December.

Click here to learn more about this event.

Follow this event on Twitter @INYTEnergy and #INYTEFT.

The Energy for Tomorrow Conference takes place on 8-9 December at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Paris, Ile-de-France at Hotel Potocki.

5. Sustainable Innovation Forum

The Sustainable Innovation Forum will convene cross-sector participants from business, government, finance, UN, non-governmental organizations and civil society to create an unparalleled opportunity to bolster business innovation and bring scale to the emerging green economy.

Cherie Nursalim, Vice Chairman of Giti Group and ICC Executive Board Member, will be a speaker at the keynote plenary session “Sustainable supply chain innovation and the circular economy” on 8 December.

Follow this event on Twitter @Climate_Action and #SIF15.

The Sustainable Innovation Forum takes place on 7-8 December at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis.

For more information on ICC business events during COP21, visit our website http://cop21.iccwbo.org

For further information, please contact

  • Andreia FURTADO
  • + 33 (0)1 49 53 30 72
  • Coordinator, Media Relations and Web