30 Nov '11, 6pm

Businesses Work to Turn Government Rhetoric Into Action at COP17

Businesses Work to Turn Government Rhetoric Into Action at COP17

As COP17 gets underway, one cannot help but be struck by contrasting attitudes of governments here with many in the business community. The deadlock and near debacle of the Copenhagen meeting two years ago is still fresh in everyone’s memory, and many still question the viability of the current U.N. process. There are 190-plus countries represented -- along with innumerable non-governmental, U.N. and business representatives -- here in Durban for two weeks of negotiations to define the future of the Kyoto Protocol, and the possibility of a longer-term and more inclusive agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It doesn’t get much more multilateral than that. In our view, while it is challenging to discuss complex environmental and economic issues with nearly 200 sovereign governments, what has hobbled progress is not the number of countries, but rather the burden of nu...

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