Update: October 4, 2013
Opening remarks on Green Growth and Business by Keri Holland, Special Assistant, Office of the Under Secretary of State for Economics, Energy, and the Environment, US Department of State, during the GED Luncheon Roundtable on September 26th during the UN General Assembly
Opening remarks on Green Growth and Business by Peter Robinson, President and CEO, US Council for International Business during the GED Luncheon Roundtable on September 26th during the UN General Assembly
Remarks by Paula Caballero, Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Colombia, during the GED Luncheon Roundtable’s panel discussion on The SDG’s–Enabling Frameworks at the International Level–Finance, Investment, and Technology Deployment.
Remarks by David Victor, Director, Laboratory on International Law & Regulation, University of California, San Diego during the GED Luncheon Roundtable’s panel discussion on The SDG’s–Enabling Frameworks at the International Level–Finance, Investment, and Technology Deployment.
Remarks by Sahba Sobhani, Program Manager, Business Call to Action, UN Development Program at GED Luncheon Roundtable during the UN General Assembly on Enabling Frameworks at the International Level and on the Business Call to Action.
Remarks by Niven Winchester, Environmental Energy Economist, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change on GED’s luncheon panel on The SDG’s –Enabling Frameworks at the National Level– Job Creation and Infrastructure.
Norine Kennedy, Vice President of Strategic International Engagement and Energy & Environment, USCIB makes closing remarks at the September 26 GED Phase 2 Launch and Roundtable
Summary of Meeting: September 26, 2013
On September 26, USCIB members met on the margins of the UN General Assembly with government and UN representatives to discuss US business priorities in the UN’s new development agenda and UN goals for sustainable development. Hosted by Pfizer, the day of policy consultations included a Green Economies Dialogue Luncheon Roundtable on green growth aspects of the SDGs.
Below: Clifford Henry, Procter & Gamble (right) speaking with Niven Winchester, MIT at Green Economies Dialogue on September 26th, New York.
The USCIB delegation was led by Clifford Henry, Procter & Gamble, and Chair of USCIB Corporate Responsibility Committee. “USCIB members are arguing for a strong focus on peace, security, good governance and economic growth in the SDGs,” said Mr. Henry. These and other fundamental priorities underpin enabling conditions for job creation, environmental stewardship and economic development. USCIB members underscored the need for open trade and investment and strong Intellectual Property protection as prerequisites for the deployment of business, financial, and technical expertise to advance development and address international challenges of energy access, food security and poverty eradication. Other companies taking part included American Chemistry Council, Diageo, Exxonmobil, General Electric, and Pfizer.
In the morning, USCIB members met with Ambassador Takehiro Kagawa, of the Japanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Daniella Ballou-Aares, Special Advisor on Development to the US Secretary of State. In the afternoon, Karina Gerlach, of the Secretary General’s High Level Expert Group for the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development briefed the group on workstreams that make up the UN-wide effort – including the Experts Group on Finance for Sustainable Development, and suggested ways to involve business in these deliberations.
In his opening speech to the Green Economies Dialogue Luncheon Roundtable, Peter Robinson, USCIB’s President and CEO, stated that, ”Events like this one are an opportunity to advance a common agenda of prosperity and betterment of the human condition.” Speakers from MIT, the US State Department, the UN Development Program (UNDP), University of California, San Diego and the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided their perspectives on ways to prioritize and track economic aspects of progress under the SDGs, and the opportunity to engage business communities in developed and developing countries in partnerships as part of the UN Post-2015 development deliberations.
The Green Economies Dialogue is a platform created by USCIB and the US Council Foundation in the lead-up to Rio+20 for business to engage with national governments, thought leaders, representatives of international institutions and academics on green growth and green economy issues. The second phase of the Green Economies Dialogue will concentrate on interaction with governments and the UN around the Post-2015 Development Agenda, especially concerning greener economic development and the formulation and pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN will frame a new Post-2015 Development Agenda and begin negotiations the Sustainable Development Goals for completion in 2015. These Goals are anticipated to drive UN activities, direct national budgets and influence stakeholder expectations in coming years, across a wide range of strategic issues, such as corporate responsibility, environmental regulation, and energy. USCIB’s SDG Working Group is led by Brian Lowry, Monsanto and Tam Nguyen, Bechtel. For more information contact, Norine Kennedy or Adam Greene.
UPDATE: July 22, 2013
GED is now on twitter! Follow @greendialogue or check us out at twitter.com/greendialogue to stay up to date on the Green Economies Dialogue as well as work being done around the world to promote a productive approach to greener growth.