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Business Innovation to Fight Climate Change and Poverty

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Business Innovation to Fight Climate Change and Poverty

Time: December 2, 2009 from 5pm to 6pm
Location: Royal Society
Street: 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
City/Town: London SW1Y 5AG
Website or Map: http://royalsociety.org/publi…
Event Type: panel discussion
Organized By: UNDP, Business Fights Poverty, ODI, IBLF, WBCSD
Latest Activity: Dec 4, 2009

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Royal Society, London, 5.00 - 6.30pm (Registration from 4.30), followed by reception.

On the eve of the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, this major event in London will focus on business innovations for the global South that help mitigate climate change and its impact on the poor. What types of innovative models are emerging? How can these be brought to scale? What is the role of governments and donors to encourage innovation?

The event is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Growing Inclusive Markets initiative (GIM), and co-hosted by Business Fights Poverty, the Overseas Development Institute, the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.


Welcome Remarks: Bruce Jenks, Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Partnerships Bureau, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Panel Discussion: Jeroen Blum, Deputy Director, Shell Foundation
Anand Narayan, Manager, Incubation Labs, Selco Solar Private
Ernest Kwasi Kyei, Co-Founder / Director of Toyola Energy
Michael Anthony, Senior Microinsurance Manager, Allianz SE
John Marsh, Founder and Executive Director, Prosperity Initiative
Peter Guest, Editor, This is Africa, FT Business
Chair: Adam Leach, CEO, IBLF

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Comment by Elaine Wendelin Howson on November 18, 2009 at 10:29
I look forward to attending!
See you then,
Comment by Suba Sivakumaran on November 19, 2009 at 19:58
UNDP is excited to be part of the organizing committee for this event. Please see the links below for some of our recent work on business innovation and climate change.

'Charting A New Low-Carbon Route To Development: a Primer on Integrated Climate Change Planning for Regional Governments' (UNDP, 22nd September 2009)

‘Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor’ (Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM), UNDP, 1st July 2008)

‘Fighting Climate Change: Human solidarity in a divided world’(UNDP, Human Development Report 2007-8)
Comment by Diana Korchien on November 20, 2009 at 11:11
Bangla Desh as we all know, is at the very frontline of climate change. With continually rising sea levels, It stands to lose a huge amount of coastal land in the very near future, displacing millions of people. As picture editor of Majority World CiC ( http://majorityworld.com/ ), I work on a daily basis with amazing social and environmental photography from our members in Bangla Desh. If your company supports fair trade and really wants to make a difference to the lives of talented photographers from Bangla Desh and the rest of global south, please use their stock photography and give them assignments.
Comment by Octavio Joel Valencia Hernández on November 23, 2009 at 4:22
El incremento del calentamiento del clima requiere de transformaciones globales, que tengan repercusiones regionales y locales favorables no solo ambientalmente, sino, también, económicos y socioculturales que impacten sustentablemente a los territorios sobre todo de los países del sur, que es en donde se refleja de manera más intensa la vulnerabilidad a los daños directos e indirectos del calentamiento global.
Comment by Griselda Lassaga on November 23, 2009 at 14:26
I will attend the online event on december 2
See you,
Griselda Lassaga
Comment by Reinaldo Balbino Figueiredo on November 24, 2009 at 21:04
I am very happy to participate in this meeting.
Comment by Alberto Campora on November 26, 2009 at 17:17
Is someone keen for a drink after the meeting?

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