ICC leaders and members stepped into the spotlight during a variety of events at the UN climate change conference this week, demonstrating ICC’s influential role as the business and industry focal point at the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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In collaboration with the governments of Mexico and Switzerland, ICC and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) organized the first session in a series of public-private dialogues known as the Mexican Dialogues.
During the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Bonn, ICC explored the challenges and opportunities for businesses to effectively develop and deploy technology at the necessary scale to combat climate change.
Business should work more closely with government to help shape a low-carbon future, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said during an online webinar organized by ICC.
ICC acknowledges the agreement reached in Copenhagen as a step towards a global low-carbon economy, pending the clear expression of commitments and mitigation actions, but is disappointed that the international negotiation process did not deliver a clearer and more ambitious agreement.
Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, challenged business to make itself more relevant to the international climate change debate and to offer clear products to address climate change, which he said business had so far failed to do, beyond a national level.
With the largest business delegation ever seen at a UN climate change conference descending on Copenhagen over the next two weeks, ICC is hosting a number of events to help business representatives better understand UNFCCC processes and ICC’s special role at the conference.
With negotiations for a climate change convention reaching a critical moment, ICC believes progress can be made on an agreement that will include action by major emitters, support intellectual property rights, and keep all energy options open.
Following on the heels of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings in Barcelona, ICC has continued its intensive outreach programme to key government policymakers, meeting with top Swedish government officials last week.
ICC provided a strong business presence at the last preparatory meeting before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen in December. Leading the delegation in Barcelona was Chair of the ICC Commission on Environment and Energy, Laurent Corbier.