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Cancún Global Business Day

6 December 2010 | Cancún, Mexico

Cancún Global Business Day
A view of the venue (photo courtesy of The Westin Resort and Spa Hotel, Cancún)Cancún Global Business Day met in Cancún, Mexico, on 6 December 2010, under the theme “Building Bridges.” This fourth Business Day took place in parallel to the UN Cancún Climate Change Conference, which convened from 29 November-10 December 2010. During the opening session, participants were informed that the event’s theme, “Building Bridges,” referred to linkages between the private sector and negotiators as well as between actors in developed and developing countries.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, offered a keynote speech that reviewed the state of negotiations at the Moon Palace Hotel, the venue for the official talks. She challenged businesses to exert leverage in three areas: by looking at their value chains; by leveraging change within the sectors in which each business operates; and by leveraging their political constituencies.

The approximately 180 participants at Business Day, in the Westin Hotel, engaged in discussions regarding: review the experience of the Mexican Dialogues, a series of events that brought representatives from the private sector and government together in the lead-up to the Cancún negotiations; consider patterns for diffusion of technology; discuss the forms and strengths of South-South trade and its contributions to a green economy; and consider the global realities affecting responses to climate change and clean energy growth.

Cancún Global Business Day was organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and was sponsored by CEMEX.
Opening Plenary
The dais during the opening plenary.
Björn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Christiana Figueres, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary
Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Participants listening to Lorenzo Zambrano’s speech.
Lorenzo Zambrano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CEMEX

Panel Discussion - Working Together
L-R: Cesar Remis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico; Moderator Yvo de Boer, KPMG; Jean-Yves Caneill, Electricité de France (EDF); Henry Derwent, President, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA); and Russel Mills, The Dow Chemical Company Finance for Green Growth
Russel Mills, The Dow Chemical Company Finance for Green Growth
Moderator Yvo de Boer, KPMG
Cesar Remis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
Henry Derwent, President, IETA
Jean-Yves Caneill, EDF
Yoshiharu Tachibana, Tokyo Electric Power Company
Armando García, CEMEX
Laurent Corbier, AREVA
Participants during a coffee break.

Session 1 - Investing in Clean Technologies
L-R: Moderator Nick Campbell, ICC; Roland Verstappen, Arcelor Mittal; Preeti Malhotra, Alstom; Guillermo Jiménez, Acciona; Engelina Jaspers, Environmental Sustainability; Vesile Kulacoglu, World Trade Organizaiton (WTO); and Michael Grubb; Climate Strategies
Preeti Malhotra, Alstom
Roland Verstappen, Arcelor Mittal
Engelina Jaspers, Environmental Sustainability
Guillermo Jiménez, Acciona
Vesile Kulacoglu, WTO
Moderator Nick Campbell, ICC
Michael Grubb, Climate Strategies

Session 2 - New Markets and Opportunities
L-R: Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD); Vânia Somavilla, Vale; Moderator Henry Derwent, President and CEO, IETA; Prashant Modi, President and CEO, Great Eastern Energy Cooperation; Wendy Poulton, Eskom Holdings Limited; and Mohsen Khalil, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Moderator Henry Derwent, President and CEO, IETA
Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, CEO, ICTSD
Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz’s presentation
Wendy Poulton, Eskom Holdings Limited
Vânia Somavilla, Vale
Mohsen Khalil, IFC
Prashant Modi, President and CEO, Great Eastern Energy Cooperation

Unlocking the Solutions
L-R: Jennifer Morgan, World Resources Institute (WRI); Brian Dames, CEO, Eskom Holdings Limited; Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA); Moderator Mark Spelman, Accenture; Gregory Barker, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom; Carmen Becerril, CEO, Acciona Energía; Yvo de Boer, KPMG; and Graeme Sweeney, Royal Dutch Shell
Gregory Barker, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom
Jennifer Morgan, WRI
Graeme Sweeney, Royal Dutch Shell
Moderator Mark Spelman, Accenture
Brian Dames, CEO, Eskom Holdings Limited
Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, IEA
Carmen Becerril, CEO, Acciona Energía
Participants during the discussion.

Reception
L-R: Yvo de Boer, KPMG, and Barbara Black, WBCSD

Around the venue
View from the venue.
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