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A group of business representatives from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has joined the first session of the Inter-governmental Panel on Biodiversity and Eco-System Services (IPBES) taking place in Bonn, Germany from 21-26 January, hosted by the Government of Germany.

The UN Inter-governmental Panel on Biodiversity and Eco-System Services aims to encourage the use of science in policy-making.close

The UN Inter-governmental Panel on Biodiversity and Eco-System Services aims to encourage the use of science in policy-making.close

Inspired by the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change, an international body for the assessment of climate change
established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), this new UN
body brings together international governmental and non-governmental
institutions from over 100 countries with the aim of building capacity for and
encouraging the use of science in policy-making.

The panel hopes to bring together leading
scientists tasked with the responsibility of collecting credible, scientific
information, in an independent manner, in order to enable the Intergovernmental
Platform to fulfill its mission. The ultimate goal is to drive policies that
would serve as a basis for decisions in major multilateral environmental
agreements, national governments and to inform other decision-makers. The
potential outcomes of this new forum could influence investment and planning
decisions for companies across sectors, e.g. through metrics and accounting systems
dealing with biodiversity and ecosystem services, including valuation and
cost-benefit analysis.

Martina Bianchini, Chair of the ICC Task
Force on Green Economy welcomed IPBES’ aim to strengthen the science-policy
interface. The need for indicators, metrics, accounting measures and better
disclosure and reporting needs to also make sense in economic terms. Including externalities
is critical in the long-term to operationalize a “green economy” as outlined in
ICC’s 2012 Green Economy Roadmap. This ICC guide for business, policymakers and
society sets out ten conditions needed to drive sustainable growth and calls
for innovation, collaboration and governance. It serves as both a tool for
integrating sustainability into business strategies and government policies,
and a platform to share and scale-up best practices, and initiate new
activities.

ICC will continue to contribute to the
IPBES through its green economy and biodiversity working bodies and help ensure
substantive input via its global network of experts.

Download the ICC Green Economy Roadmap.

For further information, please contact

  • Gilles VERMOT DESROCHES
  • Senior VP Sustainability, Schneider Electric