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For one week in late October, Cape Town will become one of the greenest business cities on Earth as the City of Cape Town joins hands with UNEP and a range of partner organizations for an action-packed Green Week.
UNEP FI, the largest and oldest partnership between the UN system and the world of banking, insurance and investment, will hold its first ever Global Roundtable in Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 22-23 October, 2009.
Hundreds of financiers, investors, business leaders, built environment and property professionals from around the world and across Africa, joined by green groups, will gather at the CTICC (October 19-23) for a week-long series of events exploring how a green approach to business can create jobs, protect the environment and build better, fairer communities with towns and cities that work.
Partnering organizations supporting Cape Town Green Week include: the City of Cape Town; the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI); The Cape Town Partnership; Banking Association of South Africa (BASA); Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA); Africa investor (Ai); Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), National Business Initiative (NBI); and Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Other organizations and initiatives are welcome to back Cape Town Green Week.
Climate Change: Cape Town to Copenhagen
Cape Town’s Green Week will put the city at the centre of the global green business revolution just six weeks ahead of a crucial United Nations Climate Change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, when the governments of the world will map out their response to the perils of global warming. Cape Town Green Week will also enable African finance, business, civil society and green groups to send a strong message, calling for action, to the historic UN gathering in Copenhagen
Paul Clements Hunt, Head of Geneva-based UNEP FI, explained: "Cape Town Green Week will also provide an opportunity to showcase UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative. This is a global initiative to mobilize and refocus the global economy towards investments in clean technologies and ‘natural’ infrastructure while combating climate change and triggering an employment boom in the 21st century."
"The world of finance and investment will mainstream green economic thinking and sustainability as it seeks to rebuild balance sheets, reputation and trust after the financial and economic crisis of 2007-2009. UNEP FI's two-day Global Roundtable-which will bring Cape Town Green Week to a close-provides the perfect opportunity for African and South African financial institutions to play a leading role in the challenging transition to sustainable finance," Clements-Hunt added.
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