Summit Ponders Private Sector

The UN Business for the Environment Global Summit (B4E Summit) took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-23 April 2010. The goal of the meeting was to consider the outcome of COP 15 and discuss the role of business in realizing a low carbon future.

The Summit was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact, WWF, the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Environment, its Ministry of Knowledge Economy and its Presidential Committee on Green Growth. More than 20 businesses partnered to support the summit. The meeting brought together 1000 individuals from 35 countries, representing multinational corporations, governments, international agencies and NGOs. During the first two days, CEOs and leaders of government, international agencies and NGOs presented their experiences, with plenary discussion panels focused on the green economy and smaller group discussions on key issues in parallel sessions and working groups. On the final day, the working groups reported back to plenary with strategies to address barriers to a low carbon future. A Mexican Government representative presented on the outlook for COP 16 in Cancún, Mexico, and representatives from UNEP, the UN Global Compact and the Republic of Korea presented closing remarks on the way forward.

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IISD RS coverage of the meeting