10-year global summit aims to Accelerate Business & Finance Solutions to climate change


The most important and influential global industry, finance and government associations in the climate change sector, The UNEP Finance Initiative, The UN Global Compact, The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, The Climate Group, The World Bank, Sir Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Carbon Disclosure Project, Bright Green, Club of Beijing, International Finance Corporation, and the support of the Mexican government's international economic promotion agency, ProMexico have come together to launch the inaugural World Climate Summit, December 4-5, at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, Mexico, in parallel to the UNFCCC COP 16.

World Climate Summit 2010 is the beginning of a new, open and collaborative global 10-year initiative dedicated to helping governments, businesses and financiers accelerate solutions to climate change. The World Climate Summit is bringing more than 300 leading companies, investors and government leaders to implement, scale and collaborate on bottom-up solutions to climate change to help reach regional and global 2020 targets.

'As world leaders drive towards a global agreement on climate change, investors in the world's capital markets cannot afford to simply sit and wait. Investors and other financial institutions are determined to work with policy-makers to catalyse new low carbon markets worth USD trillions. The World Climate Summit will bring finance, business and negotiators together to help make those future low carbon markets a reality.' Paul Clements-Hunt, Head, The UNEP Finance Initiative

'What is needed now is a stronger commitment to collectively support bottom-up efforts and to amplify the uptake of green solutions. The World Climate Summit is a platform where business can lead and inspire Governments to act to ultimately turn the tide on climate change.' George Kell, Executive Director, The UN Global Compact

Some key highlights of the World Climate Summit include:

  • Convening, under the leadership of The UNEP Finance Initiative, the largest network of investors and financial intermediaries demanding climate change action ever assembled-representing more than $20 trillions of assets under management.
  • Providing an unparalleled global media platform with CNN International, TIME, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Dow Jones.
  • Some of the largest global companies in their industries: lighting, energy efficiency, housing, mining, retailing, car, infrastructure, and renewable energy sectors
  • Introducing new initiatives such as a new global index on carbon emissions, new funds, renewable energy projects, and a gala dinner celebrating the best cities, companies and leaders in the world.

'We have 10 years to scale and implement existing solutions such as energy efficiency globally. The World Climate Summit will help deliver that with businesses, financiers and governments.' Jens Nielsen & Michael Mathres, Founders, World Climate Summit

The World Climate Summit will be launched officially in New York, on September 21 at 5.30pm (Eastern Time) during a VIP reception at BusinessClimate 2010

Address: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, 51 West 52nd Street, 23rd Floor

RSVP: anastasija@wclimate.com if you want to attend

The World Climate Summit 'WCS' (www.worldclimatesummit.com) is the business conference accelerating solutions to climate change during the UNFCCC COP 16, Cancun, Mexico. The World Climate Summit will convene the world's leading businesses, financiers, and governments, so that they can finance, implement and scale local and global solutions over the next 10 years. This high-profile 2-day summit will take place on December 4-5th at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, Mexico. The World Climate Summit is an initiative managed by World Climate Ltd.

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