ICC helps pave the way to Rio Earth Summit

  • 5 October 2011

As governments gather in New York for the 18th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), ICC has stressed the critical role of the private sector as a partner for creating solutions to today’s pressing sustainability challenges.

To demonstrate how business is actively engaged on many fronts, ICC is leading a diverse business delegation at CSD, which was established in 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The delegation will highlight innovative solutions and examples of partnerships that have advanced sustainable development.

Due to conclude on 14 May, the session will set in motion a new two-year cycle that will review issues such as transport, mining, chemicals, waste management and sustainable consumption and production, which have a particularly broad, multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary significance.

“Although each issue is unique, it is important to bear in mind that the transport, mining, and chemicals sectors do not operate in a vacuum,” said ICC Permanent Representative to the UN Louise Kantrow addressing the opening session. “There are significant linkages across those sectors and to other areas of commercial activity. Market and regulatory conditions matter in promoting eco- and resource- efficiency in these industries, and we encourage you to place your consideration of what works in those indispensable contexts.”

As a global, multi-sector business organization ICC works across a range of disciplines and issues, building on its broad member base of leading companies and business organizations from all industries, to develop tools and best practices to solve pressing economic and environmental challenges.

The CSD session will mobilize preparations for the 2012 Rio Plus 20 Earth Summit, a historic opportunity to re-energize momentum to overcome poverty and enhance sustainable development.

As for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, ICC will lead global business and insure the engagement, resources and commitment of the business community at Rio plus 20. Working with all other stakeholders, ICC will strive to ensure a successful gathering that will ultimately contribute to everyone’s enjoyment of the benefits of economic, environmental and social progress.