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Global Business Leaders to Discuss Deal on Climate Change at CEO Summit in Copenhagen on 24-26 May 2009

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Six months prior to the pivotal UN climate change conference (COP15) at the end of 2009, the world’s leading CEOs will convene at the World Business Summit on Climate Change. Together, they will deliver recommendations to governments on how to leverage business in the fight against global warming.

It is to this end that business leaders from all regions and sectors are to meet for a CEO summit on climate change six months before governments convene for the UN climate conference in Copenhagen next year. At the World Business Summit on Climate Change on 24-26 May 2009, more than 500 business leaders will deliver a shared vision and a set of recommendations from a business perspective towards a new, global framework on climate change.

The event is hosted by Copenhagen Climate Council in collaboration with six of the most influential business initiatives on climate change. Working with 3C (Combat Climate Change), The Climate Group, the UN Global Compact, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum’s Climate Change Initiative, the Copenhagen Climate Council will aim to generate new momentum in the critical process leading up to the UN summit and put pressure on governments to agree to an effective new global climate treaty.

The World Business Summit on Climate Change will bring together some 500 to 800 leaders from business, government and civil society. Participants include chief executives, government ministers, leading scientists, economists, media leaders and opinion shapers, innovators, entrepreneurs and other thought leaders, including Sir Richard Branson, CEO of the Virgin Group; Al Gore, Chairman of Generation Investment Management and former Vice President of the US; Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen; Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard; Li Xiaolin, CEO of China Power International Development; Paul S. Otellini, CEO of Intel; Zhengrong Shi, CEO of Suntech; and Samuel A. DiPiazza, CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers.