New York, N.Y., November 24, 2020 — Today, USCIB’s President and CEO, Peter Robinson, issued the following statement:
“We welcome President-elect Biden’s selection of Antony Blinken and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to lead U.S. international relations, notably with the United Nations. Multilateralism matters to business, and USCIB looks forward to continuing to work with the dedicated people of the U.S. Department of State to advance American interests in global institutions and in the world marketplace.
“Vigorous U.S. engagement in multilateral institutions will be indispensable to advance and scale worldwide progress in the four priorities of the incoming Biden/Harris Administration: defeating COVID-19, jump-starting economic recovery, addressing climate change, and promoting racial justice.
“A necessary step in this direction will be for the U.S. to rejoin international institutions, such as the World Health Organization and the UN Human Rights Council. As the U.S. does so, we encourage attention to opportunities to improve the effectiveness of these bodies, and to enhance their inclusiveness of business and other important societal partners. USCIB serves as the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Organization of Employers (IOE), and Business at OECD (BIAC), and is the only U.S. business organization with standing in the UN Economic and Social Council, thus representing U.S. business and employers in the UN, International Labor Organization, OECD, and other important multilateral treaties and institutions.
“American businesses of all sizes and sectors have already joined forces with our government, the international community and other stakeholders to respond to the pandemic crisis, and to advance global commitments such as the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In light of this, we encourage the incoming Administration to call on the multilateral system and other countries to ensure active business participation in policy dialogue, partnership, and implementation. Building a trusted and recognized working relationship with business will be key as the international community faces new challenges that require mobilizing the private sector and society as a whole.
“USCIB looks forward to a new chapter of American-led multilateral cooperation, in which an all-of-government approach will be indispensable, and the Department of State plays a leading role. USCIB members are ready to dialogue with Mr. Blinken, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield, and other members of the incoming Administration to inform priorities and pursue strategic multilateral involvement that brings economic, energy and environmental benefits at home and abroad.”
About USCIB: USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and prudent regulation. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms with operations in every region of the world. USCIB has represented U.S. business at the UNFCCC since 1993. Furthermore, as the U.S. affiliate of leading international business organizations and as the sole U.S. business group with standing in ECOSOC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.