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UNDP partners with the World Climate Summit 2013 #COP19

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM

October 16, 2013 (Warsaw, Copenhagen and London) United Nations Development Program, ( has joined the World Climate Summit, Warsaw, Poland as an institutional partner.

As part of World Climate's Global Agenda, sustainable innovation is a prominent theme and driver of the World Climate Summit. This is why the United Nations Development Program's partnership is crucial to the debate and actions delivered by the World Climate Summit.

Veerle Vandeweerd, Environment & Energy Group Director, stated “UNDP is pleased to once again be a partner of the World Climate Summit at COP 19 in Warsaw. Addressing climate change is a critical component of achieving sustainable human development. A profound transformation is needed to more resource-efficient, inclusive and resilient forms of growth, while also taking into account impacts, particularly on the poor and vulnerable, of climate-related events. UNDP is actively supporting developing countries to strengthen their capacities to move towards low-emission and climate-resilient development which further advances national development priorities and poverty reduction. Our collaboration with the World Climate Summit is yet another way to inspire constructive dialogue on the right mix of policies, skills, and incentives needed to influence behavior change and encourage investments in climate-friendly businesses and activities, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate new economic opportunities and jobs.”

With the Patronage of the Mayor of Warsaw, The World Climate Summit, is part of a joint event called Climate Solutions, consisting of the World Climate Summit on Sunday November 17th and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Business Day on Monday November 18th. Climate Solutions is organised in association with the United Nations Development Program. 

Over 300 high-level delegates from companies and institutions have already registered, including: 3M, ABB, Aviva, British American Tobacco, Bayer, BMW, Bosch, Carrefour, Cemex, Chevron, Coca Cola, Danfoss, Deloitte, EDF, GlaxoSmithKline, IKEA, KPMG, Loreal, Maersk, METRO Group, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Chemical, Munich RE, Nestlé, Novozymes, Orange, PGE, Procter & Gamble, PwC, RWE, Sanofi, Santander, Shell, Siemens, Skanska, T-Mobile, TOTAL, Toyota, Unilever.



About The United Nations Development Programme: UNDP is the United Nation's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

About the World Climate Summit: The World Climate Summit is the largest and most high-profile private sector conference during the UNFCCC COP and will be part of CLIMATE SOLUTIONS: a two-day business event during COP19, Warsaw, Poland. The fourth annual edition will take place during the 17th of November, 2013, as the premier annual business, finance and government forum alongside the UNFCCC COP19 negotiations. This year's World Climate Summit agenda will be The Road to Paris and will focus on driving Finance, Energy Transformation, Sustainable Innovation and Public Private Partnerships for a global deal in 2015.

About Climate Solutions: For the first time this year, World Climate Ltd and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development are collaborating to provide a complementary series of activities over two days alongside the annual UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP19) in Warsaw, Poland and organise the largest business platform for debate and action: CLIMATE SOLUTIONS. These two days (17th Nov. World Climate Summit and 18th Nov. Business Day) bring together business, global institutions and government leaders to discuss solutions, actions and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Warsaw will mark the halfway point from the decisions in Durban to a climate change agreement in Paris in 2015, when a global deal will be adopted.

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