(Bali, 10 December 2007) – More than 90 representatives from business, United Nations agencies and governments gathered in Bali today for a business dinner hosted by the UN Global Compact, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The event took place in the context of a business day at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held from 3-14 December.
The purpose of the dinner was to present an update on Caring for Climate: The Business Leadership Platform , an initiative launched by the UNEP, WBCSD and the Global Compact in July. More than 200 corporate signatories of the Global Compact have joined the new platform, which calls on both business and governments to take immediate action on climate change. The dinner highlighted several examples of business engagement and leadership related to the climate challenge, showcasing pragmatic solutions for a low-carbon future from all sectors and regions.
The dinner’s keynote address was delivered by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. In her speech, Dr. Brundtland encouraged business to share experiences, stimulate each other and make their voices heard and actions seen. Said Dr. Brundtland: "One way to do it is Caring for Climate, the Platform that the Global Compact, together with the WBCSD and UNEP, has created. By subscribing to it, on paper and in practice, you can demonstrate leadership and action and give recognition to the idea that it is in the best interest of business to play its part in increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions."
Other speakers included UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, WBCSD President Björn Stigson, Global Compact Board Member Toshio Arima of Japan, Claude Nahon (EDF), Steve Lennon (Eskom) and Paul Simpson (Carbon Disclosure Project).
The dinner was hosted by WBCSD, UNEP and the Global Compact, with the support of Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd.
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