Singapore, 7 April 2008 – Singapore will play host for the second-year to the most important global event on business and the environment, the annual B4E – Business for the Environment Global Summit, jointly hosted by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Global Compact. The event will take place at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 22 to 23 April 2008.
“Climate change will affect business and society in fundamental and transformative ways. It represents risks but also opportunities to move the global economy to a Green Economy, “ said Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP. “B4E provides an opportunity for corporations; national leaders and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Asia and across the world to be at the forefront of these transformations and to lead by example, showcasing in concrete ways how they are accelerating resource and energy efficiency—how they are building tomorrow’s economy today".
A highlight of the B4E Global Summit 2008 is a high-level roundtable discussion with this year’s UNEP Champions of the Earth laureates on the topic of advancing the climate agenda through policy, mitigation and adaptation. The laureates participating in this discussion are HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco; Balgis Osman-Elasha, a senior researcher at Sudan’s Higher Council for Environment & Natural Resources; Atiq Rahman, the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies; Liz Thompson, the former Energy and Environment Minister of Barbados; and Abdul-Qader Ba-Jammal, the Secretary General of the Yemen People’s General Congress.
“If we are to stand a chance in tackling the momentous climate challenge before us, we depend on the private sector’s resources, its capacity for innovation and its ability to turn challenges into opportunities,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “ I am confident that this year’s event will embolden and inspire business leaders to bring their efforts to true scale. We also look forward to more companies demonstrating climate leadership by endorsing ‘Caring for Climate’, our global engagement platform and call to action.”