For the first time, World Climate Ltd and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development collaborated to provide a complementary series of activities over two days alongside the 19th annual UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP) and create the largest business platform for debate and action, being CLIMATE SOLUTIONS 2013.
These two days brought together business, global institutions and government leaders to discuss solutions, actions and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Warsaw marked the halfway point from the decisions in Durban to a climate change agreement in Paris in 2015.
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The event took place on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th November, 2013, at the centrally located Marriott Hotel in Warsaw, Poland.
CLIMATE SOLUTIONS EVENTS AND THEMES
The two days’ activities focused on actions and solutions to climate change:
Day 1: The World Climate Summit on The Road to Paris – This day focused on providing key public and private sector solutions and a business process to complement a Global Deal in Paris. Key drivers discussed included finance enabling, energy transformation, sustainable innovation and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
Day 2: The WBCSD Business Day on Climate Solutions in Action – Focused on Big Ideas from business to contribute to closing the ambition gap and longer-term solutions, and the convergence of activities and agendas which will be critical for a successful climate change agreement in 2015.
REASONS of PARTICIPATION
Relevant & Complementary – aligns top-down policies with bottom-up solutions on climate change.
Global Multi-Stakeholder Leadership – brings together government, finance and business leaders to catalyse a spectrum of collaborations to further concrete actions on climate change.
Engaging & Shaping the Climate Agenda – engages an online community of over 15,000 opinion leaders with over 500 decision-makers to shape the global climate agenda, build partnerships and enable networking.
Pace setting – provides a forum for discussions on the big ideas which will lead to actions on climate change.
The two-day event included:
- Plenary sessions to address major issues (Ministerial & CEO-level);
- Brainstorming sessions, to exchange and promote projects and solutions;
- Roundtables and workshops for in-depth discussions;
- Bilateral meetings between the public and private sector; and
- Networking opportunities at lunch and cocktail receptions.
World Climate Ltd. is a global multi-stakeholder strategic marketing and advocacy platform for the green economy, working in partnership with leading global organizations, media and Fortune 500 companies. World Climate Ltd. is also a professional conference organizer that recently held the third annual World Climate Summit in Doha, Qatar during COP18 as well as the World Green Summit during Rio+20, and was the event partner of the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen Denmark in 2011, 2012 and again at this year’s event.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organisation of forward thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Established in 1992, the Council today has over 200 member companies – with a combined revenue of over $US 7 trillion – and a network of 60 national and regional business councils and partner organizations. By thinking ahead, advocating for progress and delivering results, the WBCSD both increases the impact of members’ individual actions and catalyzes collective action that can change the future of our society for the better.