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Businesses call for action on climate change
A summit of world leaders and global businesses closed yesterday with recognition that ?failure is not an option? at climate talks in Durban later this year.

Ambassador Diseko welcomed the commitments made by participants in the Summit, which saw over 250 high-level business, NGO and civil society leaders from 26 countries put forward a document setting out plans for industry commitments and policy asks to speed up the change to a green economy.

Delegates argued that concerted government action can leverage a stronger private sector response and more investment in projects which can contribute to long-term sustainability.

Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International said, "Multilateral government talks have so far failed to agree on solutions to stop runaway climate change. In this context, it?s clear that to avert the worst we must find ways to channel the private sector?s resources and entrepreneurial drive into the challenge of building a renewable energy economy."

The theme of the B4E Climate Summit, organized by Global Initiatives in partnership with WWF and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), was ?Reaching for Zero?. This saw delegates discuss how solving the global climate challenge will require a dramatic shift to transformative action beyond incremental change and reductions.

The document from the B4E Climate Summit will be communicated throughout the various COP 17 Prep Meetings up till the UNFCCC COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, with the objective of providing clear industry support to climate negotiators towards Rio+20.
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