World Chambers Congress

Geneva Manifesto to revitalise global commerce and strengthen multilateralism  

  • 21 June 2023

The Geneva Manifesto

The International Chamber of Commerce’s World Chambers Federation (WCF) and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG) unveiled the “Geneva Manifesto” at the 13th World Chambers Congress (13WCC), a powerful pledge by chambers of commerce to revitalise international trade with a renewed commitment to multilateralism for peace and prosperity.

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A symbolic signing ceremony was led by ICC Chair Maria Fernanda Garza, ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO, and CCIG Director General Vincent Subilia.

In the declaration, chambers commit to redoubling their efforts towards making a difference in the real economy and building a modern system that serves as a driving force for economic inclusion, global cooperation, and sustainable development.

Leveraging Geneva’s historical position as a seat of multilateralism and the global capital of peace, chambers leaders are calling on all governments to renew their commitment to rules-based trade, effective international cooperation and respect for international law.

“Cooperation is key to overcoming the world’s major challenges, and at ICC, we understand that we must all work together as a united business community to address them. By collaborating and speaking with one voice, we can boost the global economy and foster economic inclusivity, international collaboration, and advance sustainability,” said Maria Fernanda Garza, ICC Chair.

“Chambers of Commerce play a crucial role in promoting economic growth and development in various communities worldwide. They serve as a vital advocate for all businesses in the global economy and facilitate cross-border trade while promoting more inclusive and sustainable economies. This manifesto will not only exemplify the essential role of chambers of commerce but also strengthen it through a commitment to action,” said Nicolás Uribe Rueda, Chair of the ICC World Chambers Federation.

“The Geneva Manifesto is a powerful message from our vibrant business community, reaffirming our commitment to strengthen multilateralism and international trade as a catalyst for shared prosperity. It is a true testament to Geneva’s historical position as the capital city of global governance, and a call to action for all chambers and businesses small and large to work together towards improving economic conditions around the world,” said Vincent Subilia, Director General of CCIG.

The pledge comes at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions, with questions about the future of international cooperation and global commerce. The manifesto underlines the business community’s concern over the growing fragmentation of the global economy and the significant implications for cross-border issues like climate change and international finance.

The ICC World Chambers Federation will periodically review progress against these objectives, emphasising its commitment to monitoring and accountability.

Media interested in speaking with an ICC representative should contact: 

Dawn Chardonnal – Head of Global Communications, ICC