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Business Summit is Crucial to a Successful New Climate Treaty, Says UN Secretary-General 

 ( New York, 6 March 2009 ) - At a time when the world faces twin crises involving climate and the global economy, the World Business Summit on Climate Change, 24-26 May in Copenhagen, presents a historic opportunity for business to input recommendations that support recovery and green growth as part of a successful new climate change treaty. These recommendations will be presented to the Danish government, host of COP15, and to UNFCCC Executive-Secretary Yvo de Boer, as a contribution to the final six months of negotiations.
The Summit will take place four months before the High-level Event on Climate Change the Secretary-General will host on 22 September in New York, which will focus on the key political issues still to be resolved during final negotiations leading up to COP15.  Mr. Ban has consistently stressed the need to conclude those negotiations successfully, and the important role the global business community can play in that effort.
“The World Business Summit on Climate Change has a crucial contribution to make in helping the world on a path towards a truly sustainable future,” says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  He adds: “The world relies on global business leaders to deliver technology, innovation and investment. Governments and the United Nations must work with and understand what businesses need in order to boost sustainable investments, low-carbon products and clean energy. A Copenhagen Protocol must be balanced, comprehensive, and ratifiable by all nations. Together, we can turn the risk into opportunity by improving our economy and safeguarding the planet”.
The only meeting of its kind, the Summit will bring together CEO’s from the world’s leading companies, government leaders, including ministers and heads of state, eminent scientists, experts and other high profile thought leaders. Participants include Al Gore, Former US Vice President and now Chairman of Generation Investment Management; Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Danish Prime Minister; James E. Rogers,  Chairman, President and CEO of Duke Energy; Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo; Li Xiaolin, Chairwoman and CEO of China Power International and Sir Richard Branson, Founder and CEO of Virgin Group, among others.
A by invitation only event, the Summit presents the single best opportunity in 2009 to develop models that will reboot the economy while safeguarding the planet. In addition it presents a unique opportunity to offer input via a virtual online platform, ‘The Climate Community,’ which launches next week at www.copenhagenclimatecouncil.com  The Virtual Summit will contain the most up-to-date reports, publications and research on key issues to be addressed at the Summit, as well as highlighting the companies and CEO’s that have demonstrated global leadership and a commitment to addressing climate change – the innovators and implementers of a low-carbon future.
Participants will have the opportunity to shape the framework of the Summit as well as influence the recommendations that will come out of it. These recommendations will be presented to the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and UNFCCC Executive-Secretary Yvo de Boer at the close of the Summit in the form of a business manifesto, the Copenhagen Call.

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The Copenhagen Climate Council is a global collaboration between international business and science founded by the leading independent think tank in Scandinavia, Monday Morning. The members of the Copenhagen Climate Council have come together to create global awareness of the importance of the UN Climate Change Conference, in Copenhagen, in December 2009.

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