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Jean-Guy Carrier, Acting Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Jean-Guy Carrier,
Acting Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)


Jean-Guy Carrier, Acting Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

More needs to be done to meet the pressing environmental and economic challenges of today, as national governments, even in rich and powerful countries, are clearly unable to resolve them alone. Thus the business role is even more crucial. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), over 80% of the estimated US$1 trillion required annually to halve global emissions by 2050 will come from the private sector.

Fortunately, the private sector is already an active partner in providing solutions to climate change. Here in Cancún, governments must better enable business to deliver practical solutions.

The fundamental mission of ICC is to promote trade and investment across frontiers and help business corporations and governments meet the challenges and opportunities presented by globalisation. Climate change is clearly one such challenge.

As the official business and industry focal point in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, ICC is deeply committed to enhancing business engagement. Over the last year, working with the Mexican government and World Business Council for Sustainable Development, ICC has organised the “Mexican Dialogues”, a series of informal public-private sector dialogues on specific topics relevant to the negotiations.

We are also working to find avenues for deeper business engagement in the UNFCCC process that would provide a range of business expertise and solutions on critical issues. Cancún can provide the opportunities to solidify this engagement.

The organisation has a rich history of action on environmental issues dating from the 1970s. In 1992 we helped lead business activities at the first Rio Earth Summit, including launching the Business Charter for Sustainable Development, a set of principles which have helped thousands of companies worldwide build environmental management systems.

Our unique legitimacy at the global level is derived not only from our presence in over 120 countries, representing firms of all sizes and in all sectors, but also from our unswerving advocacy of open international trade and investment and the market economy system for 91 years.

But we have never limited itself to policy advocacy, waiting for governments to solve problems. Drawing on the expertise of a worldwide membership, ICC has developed a large array of voluntary rules, guidelines, and codes that facilitate business across borders and help spread best practice among companies.

ICC will remain a steadfast rallying point for those who believe, like ICC’s founders, that strengthening commercial ties among nations is good for business, good for world living standards, good for the environment and good for peace.

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