Hague Meeting Maps Out Private Sector’s Role Ahead of Rio+20

Business and industry has the expertise and tools to accelerate progress toward a green economy
Business and industry has the expertise and tools to accelerate progress toward a green economy

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) provided business input for the UN’s upcoming Rio+20 Conference at a two-day consultation in The Hague, the Netherlands, with the aim of further mapping out the private sector’s role in the transition to a green economy.

Some 300 business people, government and non-governmental organization representatives, attended this Business and Industry Consultation with Government and Civil Society, organized by the government of the Netherlands, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD).

Through ICC, USCIB members and other business participants have been shaping recommendations ahead of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22.

In a parallel effort, USCIB members and other stakeholders 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 in the lead-up to Rio+20. Dialogue sessions have been held in Washington, Paris and Beijing, and two additional sessions were scheduled to take place this month in Tokyo and Brasilia. USCIB members are invited to contact Kira Yevtukhova (kyevtukhova@uscib.org) for additional information.

At the Hague meeting, ICC outlined the requirements to accelerate progress toward a green economy and presented its 10 Conditions for a Transition toward a Green Economy and its voluntary code for companies, the ICC Business Charter for Sustainable Development. The ICC Business Charter, is already being used by thousands of large and small companies around the world as the basis for sound environmental management.

Click here to read more on ICC’s website.

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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