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Warsaw Climate Change Conference (Warsaw, Poland, 11-22 Nov 2013)

The Warsaw Climate Change Conference is the 9th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  It is scheduled to run 11-22 November.  This page includes media coverage and commentaries related to the role of business in the climate change talks

Latest additions

"Businesses are not adapting to climate change: Pascal Canfin, French Minister for development", Urmi Goswami, Economic Times (India), 22 Nov 2013

"India tells rich nations not to treat climate issues for providing market to domestic companies",
Vishwa Mohan, Economic Times (India), 21 Nov 2013

"BHP Billiton: climate change leader or laggard?", Malini Mehra, on Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (UK), 19 Nov 2013
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited BHP Billiton to respond - it did not do so.

Reports & guidance

“Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy” [PDF]
Caring for Climate (UN Global Compact, Secretariat of UNFCCC, UNEP), 2013
Practical guidance for responsible business engagement in climate change debates

“The Emissions Gap Report 2013”
United Nations Environment Programme, Nov 2013
Focus on agricultural sector & policies

Statements by business people

“Why UN Climate Talks Must Deliver a Brighter Future for Us All”
Paul Polman (CEO, Unilever), on Huffington Post Blog (USA), 30 Oct 2013

Related event

Caring for Climate Business Forum, 19-20 November in Warsaw - to showcase business contributions to tackling climate change
- organised by UN Global Compact, UNEP, UNEP Finance Initiative, UNFCCC, in partnership with Carbon Disclosure Project and Climate Group
- Forum bulletins with updates available here
- panellists include representatives of Akçansa (joint venture Sabanci & HeidelbergCement), Allianz, A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Banco do Brasil, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Braskem, BMW, CLP, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, DuPont, DB Schenker Logistics, F&C, Gaz-System (Poland), Ikea, KPMG, Munich Re, Novo Nordisk, Philips, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Siemens, Tata Cleantech Capital, Vivenge, Willis

Media reports & commentaries

"In Warsaw: Low Ambition, High Risk", Center for International Environmental Law, Nov 2013

"Businesses are not adapting to climate change: Pascal Canfin, French Minister for development", Urmi Goswami, Economic Times (India), 22 Nov 2013

"India tells rich nations not to treat climate issues for providing market to domestic companies",
Vishwa Mohan, Economic Times (India), 21 Nov 2013

"NGOs, social movements walk out of Warsaw talks" [PDF], organizations associated with statement: Aksyon Klima Pilipinas ActionAid Bolivian Platform on Climate Change Construyendo Puentes (Latin America) Friends of the Earth (Europe) Greenpeace Ibon International International Trade Union Confederation LDC Watch Oxfam International Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change (Philippines) WWF, 21 Nov 2013

"BHP Billiton: climate change leader or laggard?", Malini Mehra, on Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (UK), 19 Nov 2013
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited BHP Billiton to respond - it did not do so.

"United Nations to business: support us on climate change", Steve Goreham Policy Advisor, Heartland Institute, on Daily Caller (USA), 19 Nov 2013

"UN climate chief calls on coal industry to change", AP, 18 Nov 2013

“Georg Kell: companies must send a 'clear message' on climate change”
Georg Kell, UN Global Compact director, on Guardian Sustainable Business blog, 14 Nov 2013

“Warsaw Launch of New UN Corporate Climate Lobbying Guidelines”
Jules Peck (Jericho Partners/New Economic Foundation), on Huffington Post Blog (USA), 13 Nov 2013

“How to stimulate a 'green' business?”
UN Climate Change Conference press release, 13 Nov 2013
Polish Govt. initiative to support technologies contributing to environmental protection.

“What role for business at the Warsaw Climate Summit?”
Jessica Shankleman, Business Green, 11 Nov 2013

"Workers & climate change" [PDF]
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 9 Nov 2013
- [Espanol] "Trabajadores y Trabajadoras y Cambio Climátco" [PDF]
- [Francais] « Le monde du travail et le changement climatique » [PDF]

“Opinion: Mary Robinson on how tackling climate change can have positive outcomes for justice, gender and economic development”
Mary Robinson, in interview with Climate & Development Knowledge Network, 8 Nov 2013

“Warsaw climate talks warned time is running out to close 'emissions gap'”
Jessica Shankleman, Business Green, on Guardian Sustainable Business blog, 5 Nov 2013

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Company non-response
27 November 2013

BHP Billiton did not respond to: Commentary calls on BHP Billiton to take on active & responsible leadership on climate change.

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Article
19 November 2013

BHP Billiton: climate change leader or laggard?

Author: Malini Mehra, on Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (UK)

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited BHP Billiton to respond - it did not do so.] BHP defines its purpose as creating long-term shareholder value...But BHP also has a steady line in fossil fuels...The company is no corporate climate...

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Article
14 November 2013

Georg Kell: companies must send a 'clear message' on climate change

Author: Georg Kell, Guardian (UK)

[T]he scientific evidence on the impact of climate change is stronger than ever...With hesitancy among governments still noticeable, it is time for responsible business to step forward and send a clear message...[T]he number of companies embracing...

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Article
8 November 2013

OPINION: Mary Robinson on how tackling climate change can have positive outcomes for justice, gender and economic development

Author: Mary Robinson, in interview with Climate & Development Knowledge Network

… As weather shocks…impact on the basic human rights of those affected, it is clear that the poor and vulnerable people who have done the least to cause climate change are those who suffer most from its impacts…Business and developed country...

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