The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) joined leaders from around the world in Nairobi to advance the development of a Global Pact for the Environment.
At the conclusion of intergovernmental negotiations in Nairobi this week on the possible development of a Global Pact for the Environment, ICC has welcomed the efforts of Member States to establish a new pathway to strengthen international environmental governance.
Discussions on the Global Pact will now return to the United Nations General Assembly in New York to determine the way forward on this proposed initiative – and ICC has encouraged governments to step up efforts between now and the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly in 2021 to ensure a well-designed and effective outcome.
ICC’s Director of Inclusive & Green Growth Majda Dabaghi, said: “Constructive business engagement will be crucial to the success of any future outcome, and ICC expresses its appreciation to Member States for their inclusive approach throughout this process. We believe that a well-designed Global Pact could help deliver greater certainty and clarity for companies and we will continue to engage with governments to this end.”
Ahead of the Nairobi talks, ICC Secretary-General John W.H. Denton AO wrote an open letter to environment ministers urging them to take “bold and decisive” action for the environment through the Global Pact process.
At the opening of the conference, ICC Government Affairs Manager, Raoul Renard, delivered ICC’s opening statement on the importance of enhancing environmental governance for all.