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For one week in late October, Cape Town will be one of the greenest business cities on Earth

UNEP joins City of Cape Town and partners to announce Cape Town Green Week (October 19-23, 2009)

Cape Town/Nairobi/Geneva, 13 August 2009 - For one week in late October, Cape Town will become one of the greenest business cities on Earth as the City Government joins hands with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and a range of partner organizations for an action-packed Green Week.

One of the main events of the week will be the first-ever Global Roundtable in Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 22-23 October 2009. The Roundtable is organized by UNEP's Financial Initiative, the largest and oldest partnership between the UN system and the world of banking, insurance and investment.

Hundreds of financiers, investors, business leaders, built environment and property professionals from around the world and across Africa, joined by green groups, will gather at the Convention Centre (October 19-23) for a week-long series of events exploring how a green approach to business can create jobs, protect the environment and build better, fairer communities with towns and cities that work. All events held during the week will be carbon neutral.

Partnering organizations supporting Cape Town Green Week include: the Cape Town City Government; the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI); The Cape Town Partnership; Banking Association of South Africa (BASA); Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA); Africa investor (Ai); Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), National Business Initiative (NBI); and Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Other organizations and initiatives are welcome to back Cape Town Green Week. (For more details on the partner organizations see Editor's Notes).

Climate Change: Cape Town to Copenhagen

Cape Town's Green Week will put the City at the centre of the global green business revolution just six weeks ahead of a crucial United Nations Climate Change summit in Denmark, when the governments of the world will attempt to negotiate a new agreement for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Cape Town Green Week will also enable African finance, business, civil society and green groups to send a strong message, calling for action, to the historic UN gathering in Copenhagen

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View of Cape Town, where Green Week will be held



Further Resources

Seal the Deal! - UN Worldwide Campaign on Climate Change

UNEP: Finance Initiative

UNEP: Green Economy Initiative

UNEP: Climate Neutral Network


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