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Climate Change Policy and Practice
Fifth Global Business Day

5 December 2011 | Durban, South Africa

Summary of the Meeting
Fifth Global Business Day


Opening Discussion: What is at stake in Durban? Why should a Durban deal be relevant for business?
Marc Spelman, Global Head of Strategy, Accenture and Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

Durban Global Business Day took place in Durban, South Africa, on 5 December 2011, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC. The one-day event was the fifth global business day held during the UN climate change process, and was organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the National Business Initiative (NBI).

The Day highlighted global business commitment to low-carbon economic growth. In the morning, participants engaged in panel discussions on: why a Durban deal should be relevant for business; getting climate finance right; getting climate adaptation right; and why solutions to climate need to be driven by business. The afternoon focused on the challenges for South Africa in responding to climate change.

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Opening Remarks and Welcome

Björn Stigson, President, WBCSD
Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Cas Coovadia, Chair, NBI
Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary General, ICC

Getting Climate Finance Right

(L-R): Vesile Kulaçoğlu, Director, Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organization (WTO); Claus Stig Pedersen, Senior Director, Head of Sustainability Development, Novozymes A/S; Alan Miller, Principal Climate Change Specialist, International Finance Corporation; Dennis Welch, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, American Electric Power; Kersten-Karl Barth, Sustainability Director, Siemens AG

Alan Miller, Principal Climate Change Specialist, International Finance Corporation
Richard Jones, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Tzeporah Berman, Co-head Climate and Energy Program, Greenpeace International
Vesile Kulaçoğlu, Director, Trade and Environment Division, WTO

Getting Climate Adaptation Right

(L-R): Jeff Seabright, Vice President, Environment and Water Resources, The Coca-Cola Company; Bjørn K. Haugland, Chief Operating Officer, Sustainability and Innovation Division, DNV; Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Sustainable Development, The World Bank Group; Bruno Berthon, Global Managing Director, Accenture; Zola Tsotsi, Chairperson, Eskom; Sarah Frazee, Director, Conservation South Africa

Sarah Frazee, Director, Conservation South Africa
Bjørn K. Haugland, Chief Operating Officer, Sustainability and Innovation Division, DNV
Jeff Seabright, Vice President, Environment and Water Resources, The Coca-Cola Company
Zola Tsotsi, Chairperson, Eskom

The Durban debate: Why solutions to climate need to be driven by business

(L-R): Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank; Levent Çakıroğlu, Chief Executive Officer, Arcelik; Caio Koch-Weser, Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank Group; Brian Dames, Chief Executive Officer, Eskom; Philippe Joubert, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Alstom; Chris Gibbons, Broadcaster

Chris Gibbons, Broadcaster
Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank
Brian Dames, Chief Executive Officer, Eskom

Keynote Addresses

William Egbe, South Africa Business Unit President, The Coca-Cola Company
Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency for National Planning Commission, South Africa
Björn Stigson, President, WBCSD


Challenges and solutions for South African business over climate change

Simon Sussma, Chairman, Woolworths; Cyprian Chitundu, CEO, Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation; Crispian Olver, Director Linkd Environmental Services

Andrew Parsons, ANGLOGOLD Ashanti
Lyn Staib, ANGLOGOLD Ashanti
Ralph Hamann, University of Cape Town

Peter Lukey, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
(L-R): Peter Lukey, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa; Sim Tshabalala, CEO, Standard Bank South Africa; Carlos Pone, CEO, ABB South Africa; Crispian Olver, Director Linkd Environmental Services

CEO Fireside Chat

Godfrey Gomwe, Executive Director, Anglo American South Africa; Natascha Viljoen, Executive Vice President of the Processing and Sustainability Division, Lonmin; Andre Wilkens, CEO, African Rainbow Mineral; Anthony Hodge, President, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM); Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability, KPMG

Andre Wilkens, CEO, African Rainbow Mineral
Godfrey Gomwe, Executive Director, Anglo American South Africa
Anthony Hodge, President, ICMM
Natascha Viljoen, Executive Vice President of the Processing and Sustainability Division, Lonmin

Wrap-up Remarks

Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability, KPMG
Steve Lennon, NBI Board Member
Thierry Barthoud, WBCSD

Around the Conference

Participants in discussion
Participants at the coffee break


Related Links
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting agenda

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) resources
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 website
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 documents
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 overview schedule
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 daily Programme
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 agenda and documents for the Seventeenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17)
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 agenda and documents for the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parites to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7)
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 agenda and documents for the Thirty-fifth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 35)
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 agenda and documents for the Thirty-fifth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 35)
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 agenda and documents for the Resumed fourteenth session of the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA)
*Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011 agenda and documents for the Resumed sixteenth session of the Ad hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP)
*Meetings archive

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*Host country website
*Gateway to the UN System’s Work on Climate Change


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