UNEP and the International Chamber of Commerce co-hosted Business & Industry Global Dialogue '08 in Paris on 23-24 October 2008. This 25th UNEP Consultative Meeting on Business & Industry focussed on industry sector approaches to climate action (Day 1), new approaches to advance resource efficiency and the Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production (Day 2).

The event was attended by over 130 participants including 35 business organisations and industry associations, corporations, labour union organisations, research institutions, Governments and the European Commission, OECD secretariat and various UN organisations. Conclusions from its sectoral group discussions on climate change, sustainable lifestyles, product innovation and related topics can be found in the Annex of the Meeting report below. Follow up activities and a discussion paper on industry sectors and business climate action will be launched in 2009.

Speakers at Global Dialogue '08 included experts from leading institutions and business organisations active in the terrain of climate change and resource efficiency. Participants also received reportback from the 1st meeting of signatories to the Caring for Climate initiative of UNEP, UN Global Compact and WBCSD that was held in Geneva two days before. For more reporting on the Paris meeting discussions, see the following:

Audience in plenary

Day 2

Panel discussion