Hague Conference Will Develop PrivateSector Input to Rio+20 Conference

4249_image001In preparation for June’s Rio+20 conference, the government of The Netherlands, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and ICC’s Business Action for Sustainable Development
are organizing a meeting on “Realizing Green Growth: Business & Industry Consultation with Government and Civil Society for Rio+20,” April 11-12 in The Hague.

The conference will discuss perspectives on critical business issues for Rio+20 and business’s role in realizing green growth.  Organizers aim to increase awareness and potential action in international public-private collaboration on green growth topics, and develop constructive global private-sector input to the Rio+20 conference.

The meeting will address four key points:

  • transparency, accountability, and reporting
  • best practices in major industries and economic sectors
  • innovative financing models and public/private cooperation
  • supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, including through global supply chains.

While the agenda is still being finalized, the conference coordinators plan to feature a high-level CEO panel and several breakout sessions on key issues being discussed for Rio+20 such as: green economy, innovative financing, institutional frameworks, food, water, energy, transparency and reporting. .  Between 350 and 500 participants will be invited, with a balance between public and private participation, including several at the CEO level and head of state level. In addition, representatives from the eight UN Major Groups will be also invited to attend and participate.

In addition to the Hague conference, USCIB members are actively involved in the Green Economies Dialogue initiative, which was launched last year to provide a forum for discussion of green growth topics among multiple stakeholders.  Dialogue sessions have been held in Washington and Paris, and two additional sessions are planned for April in Tokyo and Brasilia.  USCIB members are invited to contact Kira Yevtukhova
(kyevtukhova@uscib.org) for additional information.

Staff contact: Norine Kennedy

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Staff Contact:   Norine Kennedy

Senior VP, Policy and Global Strategy
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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