Business Engagement in the UN Climate Talks

USCIB CEO and President Peter Robinson at a Press Conference during the COP-20 Conference in Lima, Peru.USCIB CEO and President Peter Robinson at a Press Conference during the COP-20 Conference in Lima, Peru.

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USCIB CEO and President Peter Robinson at a Press Conference during the COP-20 Conference in Lima, Peru.

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Jim Bacchus, ICC (center) and USCIB’s Norine Kennedy (left) participating in a panel organized by the Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF) during the COP-20 Conference in Lima, Peru.

William E. Craft, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Programs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. State Department gives luncheon keynote remarks during the USCIB-ICC-IETA North America Climate Change Consultation in June 2015.William E. Craft, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Programs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. State Department gives luncheon keynote remarks during the USCIB-ICC-IETA North America Climate Change Consultation in June 2015.

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William E. Craft, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Programs, U.S. State Department gives luncheon keynote remarks during the USCIB-ICC-IETA North America Climate Change Consultation in June 2015.

Government and Private Sector Participants at a Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF) side-event during the COP-20 Lima Conference.Government and Private Sector Participants at a Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF) side-event during the COP-20 Lima Conference.

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Government and Private Sector Participants at a Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF) side-event during the COP-20 Lima Conference.

The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) strongly supports the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a successful and effective outcome to the current negotiations leading to a new long term post 2015 climate agreement.

USCIB will represent American business interests in the remaining negotiations en route to and at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the year. The agreement that will come out of these UN climate talks will dramatically shape the future of international commerce and have a lasting impact on regulatory frameworks, affecting market access and investment. But if this agreement doesn’t work with and for business, then it just won’t work. Given the effects such an agreement will have on global markets, the private sector must be included as a partner in international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance adaptation and resilience.

campaign2015_logoUSCIB will provide critical business recommendations and engagement to the UN through our global network to inform the agreement’s outcome, ensuring that its conclusions truly work for business.

As part of its advocacy, USCIB is encouraging governments to create a recognized interface, or “channel,” for business input into the UN’s deliberations so that the private sector is heard during negotiations that will lead to binding laws and new markets. USCIB also seeks to preclude legally binding outcomes that may have unintended negative consequences for business.

Business will be expected to support, finance and report on the UN climate agreement; business therefore needs to be part of the international climate policy conversation.

As the voice of American business at the international level, USCIB seeks a recognized consultative role for the private sector to inform the global climate change agenda – from setting priorities, to crafting policy options, to taking action.

Upcoming Events

December 1, Paris, venue: US Government Pavilion, “Deploying Innovative Technologies for Climate Change: Looking to Trade to Jumpstart Paris Action”, 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

December 2, Paris, venue: French Government Climate Generations Area, “Business, the SDGs and Climate Change: Synergies and Engagement Opportunities”, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

December 5, Paris, venue: George Marshall Center, Embassy of the United States, “USCIB-American Chamber of Commerce, Executive Briefing and High Level Roundtable Meeting for US Business” 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

December 10, Paris, venue: UNFCCC official side-event in the Blue Zone: “BizMEF side-event on INDC’s (Nationally Determined Contributions)”, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Engaging Business: USCIB’s International Climate Policy Update:

Volume 1, August Issue

Volume 2, October Issue

Volume 3, November Issue coming soon!

Staff Contact:   Norine Kennedy

VP, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environment
Tel: 212.703.5052

Norine Kennedy promotes U.S. business participation in international environmental policy and management initiatives, and works closely with industry, government and NGOs to promote sustainable development and green growth. She also spearheads USCIB’s strategic international engagement initiative, which seeks to advance meaningful business participation and regulatory diplomacy in inter-governmental organizations.
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