Dear Global Trade Matters Members,
Welcome to a new year, a new decade and a new era of hope, aspirations, ambitions, change and action. An era of meeting old targets, and setting new ones for a better future, an era of compulsory cooperation between humanity where global interests must supersede national and even self-interests.
Welcome to the “Global Trade Matters International Dialogue on Climate Neutrality II” themed “The Role of the Private Sector in Climate Action” to be held on Monday March 16th 2020.
This will mark the second meeting of the Global Trade Matters international Dialogue on Climate Neutrality as we keep the dialogue on climate change, action, and mitigation going and growing by engaging key stake holders in addressing the ever growing climate challenges and seeking out new economic opportunities which may further fuel the quest for a climate neutral global community.
There is no doubt that climate change has moved from the sidelines to today being recognized as one of world’s most serious development challenges. And while the international community is still far from achieving the global commitments needed to avoid potentially dangerous and even catastrophic climate impacts, much has been accomplished.
Yet no matter what governments do to counter the rising threat of climate change, most of the investments, innovations and actions needed to stabilize the world’s climate must come from the private sector especially that climate change is already having significant impacts on economic activity and global value chains.
As international research suggests, companies that embed strong sustainability practices significantly outperform their counterparts over the long-term, hence private-sector enthusiasm towards climate action has been strong and growing, yet translating interest into real action across markets has remained to prove challenging.
The “Global Trade Matters International Dialogue on Climate Neutrality II – The Role of the Private Sector in Climate Action” will bring together private sector stake holders, sustainability experts and policy makers to continue the dialogue on the role of the private sector in climate action and discuss climate change impacts on private sector incentives, activities, supply chains, human capital, markets and bottom lines.