Executives from the International Chamber of Commerce, part of USCIB’s global network, have put forward principles for a transition toward a green economy at several ministerial roundtables and multi-stakeholder dialogues in Nairobi to provide input to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.
Environment ministers and senior policymakers from more than 80 countries assembled for the 2012 United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum and Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum, which took place February 17-22.
Held in conjunction with UNEP’s 40th anniversary celebration, the meetings set out to prepare input on a range of issues, including a green and inclusive green economy, options to strengthen international sustainable development governance, sustainable consumption and production, and several industry-specific topics such as chemicals and waste.
“Business is an important contributor to sustainable development such as through science and technology that lead to innovations and investments for green growth,” Martina Bianchini, chair of the ICC Task Force on Green Economy and vice president, EU government affairs and public policy with The Dow Chemical Company, told a ministerial roundtable and forum.
“It will be crucial to ‘green’ all sectors in all countries and to advance resource efficiency and life cycle approaches,” Ms Bianchini said at the event, which was attended by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
Staff contact: Norine Kennedy