To help promote business perspectives in the climate change debate, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have organized Business Days for climate change.
Global Business Days are held on the margins of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Under the theme of 'Building Bridges', the Cancun Global Business Day was held as part of the UNFCCC COP 16 in December 2010.
Through this event, ICC and WBCSD aimed to increase dialogue both within and between business and government in a bid to prompt further action on climate change.
In particular, this event focused on helping businesses in developing countries to improve their engagement with, and contribution to, the development of global solutions. It also looked at ways policymakers could provide incentives for business to invest in technology that drives low-carbon growth.
Jointly organized with the Confederation of Danish Industry, the Copenhagen Business Day was held in parallel with the 2009 COP 15.
Dubbed 'Leading Action', the event sought to highlight the vanguard role that business can take in efforts to reduce climate change. The event explored how business, governments and societies are all interlinked, and therefore must work together to support each other in the pursuit of climate change solutions.
The Poznan Business Day was organized under the auspices of the 2008 COP 14. More than 300 decision-makers from companies, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations attended the event. Its aim was to demonstrate the capacity and commitment of leading companies and business sectors to provide solutions to climate change, with high-level panelists sharing perspectives about a possible post-2012 climate agreement.
The event also highlighted the policies and financing requirements needed in order for companies and markets to successfully develop and disseminate the required technologies and practices to make climate change happen.
Held at the COP-13 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2007, the Bali Business Day brought together representatives from a range of private, governmental and non-governmental sectors.
The event was designed to promote the business perspective to global leaders and policymakers concerning the need for a new global climate change framework beyond 2012.
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