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Rapport fra World Business Summit on Climate Change, som blev afholdt i København 24. - 25. maj 2009.

Foreword by Tim Flannery, Author and scientist and Erik Rasmussen, Founder, Editor-in-Chief and CEO, Monday Morning:

The World Business Summit on Climate Change was convened in Copenhagen from 24-26 May at the same venue that will host the COP15 in December this year. Over the course of three days, global leaders from business, policy, civil society, and science, all engaged in dialogue on the road to a low-carbon future and the recommendations for an ambitious new climate change framework.

They heard from the United Nations Secretary-General on the need for business engagement and leadership; former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore on the critical importanceof an effective climate treaty and business leaders from more than 40 countries.

The key objective of the World Business Summit on ClimateChange was to contribute input to the work of the Danish government and the United Nations negotiations entering their final phase before COP15 in December. At the culmination of the Summit, the Copenhagen Call was presented to Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussenby Copenhagen Climate Councilors and senior business representatives at the Summit.

This statement is an unequivocal call for a more effectiveand ambitious global climate treaty. It was informed by work at the Summit and the contributions of those partners who supported the event: the World Economic Forum Climate Change Initiative; the World Business Council for Sustainable Development; the United NationsGlobal Compact; the Climate Group and 3C.

Business leadership on climate change is vital, because politicians listen to those agents that create wealth and value. And vital because if we are going to reduce emissionsand get the carbon cycle back into some kind of balance, those agents must create wealth and value in ways that do not result in carbon pollution.

What we take from this Summit is a positive commitmentto action. It is clear to all that the world is in the midst of a global recession. But having been part of discussionsduring the three days in Copenhagen, among leaders within oil, energy, transportation, green tech, ICT and many other industries, our hopes are high. We are optimistic. From deliberations at the Summit, and the clarity of the Copenhagen Call, it is clear that global leaders want change and are ready to deliver what is required.

Our hope is that global political leaders will demonstrate the same leadership as global business leaders did on 24-26 May in Copenhagen.

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