Business leaders meet to discuss green economy


30 Sep 2010

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A major meeting of global business leaders is expected to discuss a low-carbon, green global economy.

Leaders from influential global corporations and key environmental organisations are expected to call on countries to make a success of this year’s UN climate negotiations in Mexico.

A business for environment (B4E) conference, which will take place in Mexico City on 4-5 October, will make the call on countries to succeed.

The event today was announced by the Mexican Minister of Environment, Juan Rafael Elvira, UN Under-Secretary General and executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, the director general of WWF-Mexico Omar Vidal and the chief executive of Global Initiatives, Tony Gourlay.

Transition

Steiner said: “Cancun offers the next opportunity to accelerate a transition to a low-carbon, green economy.”

He says there is potential to address non-CO2 pollutants, such as methane and black carbon, which represent potentially immediate benefits for climate at the conference.

B4E will raise the global business voice ahead of the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP16), which is held in Cancun, Mexico, between 29 November and 10 December.

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