Tuesday, November 19, 2013

World Climate Summit - Warsaw Business Day at COP 19: WBCSD and World Climate Forum for Business

On the 17th and 18th of November, 2013, a first time event took place that was the largest collaborative platform for businesses to discuss action on climate solutions. These event brought together business, global institutions and government leaders to discuss solutions, actions and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The event was focused on solutions and policies to avert the impacts of global warming. It was supported by a global coalition of the world's most influential corporations, institutions and media organizations. The forum focused on business solutions, and addressed climate finance and other cooperative actions.

This event was organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Climate Ltd organized. This two day event occurred alongside the 19th annual UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP). The WBCSD is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development founded Business Day, as the first global business day focused on climate change in Bali in 2007. While World Climate Ltd has been organising the World Climate Summit-the largest business, finance and government forum during the COP, since 2010.

On the first day, attendees focused on providing key public and private sector solutions and a business process to complement a Global Deal scheduled for 2015, (COP 21 in Paris). Key issues included finance enabling, energy transformation, sustainable innovation and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

Day two of the event focused on Big Ideas from business to contribute to closing the ambition gap and longer-term solutions, and the convergence of activities and agendas which will be critical for a successful climate change agreement in 2015.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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