Strengthening the role of the private sector in the transition to a Resource Efficient and Green Economy: On the road to Rio+20

Over 200 representatives from business and industry, governments and civil society gathered in Paris 11-12 April for the 2011 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Business and Industry Global Dialogue (BIGD) on the transition to a green economy.

Organized by the UNEP in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the French postal service Le Groupe La Poste, which hosted the event at its Paris headquarters, the two-day Business and Industry Global Dialogue aimed to define the private sector's role in moving towards a low carbon, resource-efficient green economy.

The 2011 BIGD had close to 200 participants representing business and industry, civil society and government coming from 24 countries. The discussion during the two days respectively focused on:

  • Introducing the key findings and conclusions of the Green Economy Report (GER) to solicit feedback from Business and Industry and to discuss its contribution and engagement, and
  • Identifying operational engagements of business and industry in promoting the transition to Green Economy as inputs global processes leading to Rio+20 (including CSD19 as well as Rio+20).

The two-day global dialogue brought together ideas and discussions on opportunities and challenges with regard to the transition to a green economy and sketched the direction for significant contributions for a global process, considering the private sector's perspective. There were further calls from business leaders to encourage greater investment in sustainable practices.

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