Today was a special day as I representated the International Chamber of Commerce at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. UNGA is a true testament and respectful exercise of multiculturalism. It allows each of its members to be heard and to voice their concerns and ambitions - whether we agree with them or not.
I found this particular UNGA opening highlighted the strong effort towards global balance. It is clear that that will only come from the cooperation between governments, private sector and civil society. It is key that we build trust between these different parties to tackle challenges like trade wars, climate change, sovereignty and globalism.
Climate change was an especially significant topic. This is a core issue for ICC, who believes it needs to be everyone´s business. It was wonderful to hear from ICC´s Secretary General, John Denton, that over 2000 organizations have already signed up for the Chambers Climate Coalition.
But this is really just the beginning. Naturally the future of the Amazon was a key part of the discussions, which have highlighted the constant need to strengthen enforcement of environmental laws. The majority of Brazilian companies already operate using very strict and modern environmental practices, subject to international certifications. For us, sustainability is not a obstacle but a competitive advantage. 2030 is not far and all of us need to redouble our efforts to find concrete solutions to address climate changes globally.
Daniel Feffer, President ICC Brasil