(Durban) – Following a collaboration agreement signed in September of this year, signatories of Caring for Climate, the UN’s climate action platform for business, met for the first time with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban today. Chaired by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, the event brought together more than 20 senior corporate representatives and members of the Caring for Climate Steering Committee.
Held in connection with the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, the meeting focused on ways to better align Caring for Climate with the UNFCCC and to provide a channel for climate leaders to contribute to the global climate policy agenda.
Opening the meeting, Christiana Figueres stressed the critical importance of the private sector to the climate negotiations. “The UNFCCC is pleased to cooperate with Caring for Climate and will work with the initiative to help bridge the gap between business and negotiators in international climate policy,”, she said.
Participants shared best and emerging practices related to low-carbon and climate-resilient solutions and discussed various ways of enhancing cooperation with policymakers at international, national and sub-national levels. Corporate signatories to Caring for Climate reiterated the need to set clear policy frameworks and incentives that enable business to scale and intensify climate change efforts.
The meeting also explored concrete projects that can be nurtured and advanced by Caring for Climate and presented at COP18, to be held in Qatar in 2012. Projects will be focused on low-carbon technologies, renewable energy solutions, energy efficiency, or solutions that address climate adaptation and build climate resilience.
About Caring for Climate
Launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, “Caring for Climate” is the UN Global Compact and UN Environment Programme’s initiative aimed at advancing the role of business in addressing climate change. It provides a framework for business leaders to advance practical solutions and help shape public policy as well as public attitudes. Chief executive officers who support the statement are prepared to set goals, develop and expand strategies and practices, and to publicly disclose emissions as part of their existing disclosure commitment within the UN Global Compact framework, that is, the Communication on Progress. Caring for Climate is endorsed by nearly 400 companies from 65 countries. http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/Environment/Climate_Change/
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