Business & UN

Global Business Day at Poznan Climate Change Conference to feature high-level panellists

  • 2 December 2008

ICC and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) are jointly staging a Global Business Day to give governments clear business insights and ideas to help them progress towards a workable climate policy framework.

The Business Day will take place during the 14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Poznan. The event is also supported by the Polish Government and the UNFCCC secretariat.

The Business Day will consider climate issues from the integrated perspective of business, energy, trade, the economy and social development. It will bring together a large contingent of business and government representatives for high-level talks about ways to reach a positive outcome from the Bali Action Plan.


The Poznan Business Day will be held in Hall 4 at the Poznan International Fair, the site of the UN Climate Change Conference, on Tuesday, 9 December 2008, from 8.50am to 5pm.


Media are invited to attend the Business Day sessions : please register your intention to attend with Moira O’Brien-Malone by noon on December 8.


ICC and WBCSD will co-host two media briefings about the Business Day.

Monday, December 8, 3-3.30pm, Media Centre, Pavilion 8A, Poznań International Fair:  This briefing will detail what can be expected at the Business Day the next day and launch a new WBCSD report, Power to Change: A business contribution to a low-carbon electricity future. Business leaders from electricity utilities will be on hand to answer questions.

Wednesday, December 10, 2-2.30pm, Media Centre, Pavilion 8A, Poznan International Fair: Guy Sebban, ICC Secretary General, and Björn Stigson, WBCSD President, will outline the key outcomes of the Business Day and discuss the way forward. Michael Zarin, Government Relations Director for   renewable energy company Vestas Wind Systems, will talk about the business contribution to a sustainable future.


“Because today’s major challenges transcend national borders, effectively addressing these challenges requires international cooperation. Climate change is a global problem that requires a concerted global effort,” said Guy Sebban, ICC Secretary General. “Businesses worldwide are strongly engaged in meeting the climate challenge by identifying and deploying effective solutions. The Poznan Business Day will be a clear opportunity to provide business insight to a post-2012 global framework to tackle climate change.”


Thursday, 4 December, 1-3pm, Hall 15C – Wild Sheep

Business views on Sectoral Approaches

ICC will demonstrate varied business views on sectoral approaches. The event will bring together a number of sectors which have developed approaches/initiatives resulting in improved monitoring, reporting and GHG emissions reductions

Monday, 8 December, 1-3pm, Room Grebe 3

Technology Development and Deployment to address Climate Change

The ICC event will explore how business makes long-term investment decisions particularly in the deployment of low-carbon technologies. Business is the primary source of innovation and, provided with the right enabling framework, is a critical actor in the development, commercialization and dissemination of technology.

Wednesday, 10 December, 1-3pm, Hall 15C – Wild Sheep

Business Views on a Post 2012 Framework Agreement

Business will be responsible for the vast majority of investments and technological resources required to mitigate and adapt to climate change in developed and developing countries. This ICC event will provide global business perspectives on the development of a post 2012 UNFCCC framework.