One year after the approval of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 – how ICC and companies contribute
In September 2015, the member states of the United Nations approved a new global development agenda (Agenda 2030) with a set of Development Goals designed to resolve two of the most critical issues confronting the world community: to eradicate poverty and to promote sustainable development. Companies have a decisive role to these Development Goals in the context of their own activities, independent of government programs.
Der G20 Gipfel 2016 stellt am 4-5 September 2016 in Hangzhou, China wichtige Weichen für international tätige Unternehmen in der Schweiz. Sie können über die Internationale Handelskammer ICC auf diesen Prozess Einfluss nehmen. Diese hat eine Reihe von Empfehlungen zu sieben zentralen Politikbereiche veröffentlicht, um zu einem nachhaltigen Wirtschaftswachstum beizutragen.
Offene Märkte sind für die international tätigen Unternehmen in der Schweiz von besonderer Bedeutung. Die G20-Diskussionen sind dafür entscheidend. ICC ermöglicht durch die Führung der Wirtschaftsgruppe B-20 einen direkten Zugang zum G20-Prozess. Für unsere Unternehmen ist dies umso wichtiger, da die Schweiz als Land kein G20-Mitglied ist.
The Swiss Arbitration and ADR Committee held 1 July 2016 a meeting in Paris between the Secretariat of the Court and the Swiss arbitrators, under the chairmanship of Mr. Urs Weber-Stecher. At the meeting, besides the general issues of procedures and specific questions, it was mostly to strengthen the relations between the staff of the Secretariat of the Court and the Swiss arbitration community and to meet with some of the counsels personally. A dinner in the presence of Mr. Dominique Hascher, Supreme Advisor to the French Supreme Court was held the day before with the French Committee of ICC and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in France. The Study Tour in 2016 was a great success and will be organized again in 2017.
6 July 2016 – Regional Trade Agreements can not replace the multilateral system. Mr Yonov Fredericke Agah, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization delivered a special contribution at the Annual Assembly of ICC Switzerland.
As one fundamental mission of the world business organization is to help business meet challenges and opportunities of globalization, Philip Kucharski, Chief Operating Officer presented the new ICC projects.
This year, the General Assembly of ICC Switzerland had a specific focus on the important work of the ICC commissions. Each coordinator presented a specific issue discussed in «his» commission. This was followed by an open exchange with the participants. The meeting has been an occasion for members to have a clearer picture of the actual important topics. We had also the honour of hearing Georges Affaki on «International Arbitration and Economic Sanctions: The Way Forward».
The Annual Assembly of ICC Switzerland took place on 6 July in Zurich in the premise of Swiss Re. A special highlight was the keynote of our Guest of honour Mr Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization.
The international challenges remain the same - to promote growth, jobs and investment. We have to accept that the UK and its trade and investment partners are now operating in a new reality. We must urge calm and properly assess the implications for businesses worldwide.
Please note that ICC UK Secretary General Chris Southworth remains available to respond to any questions you may have with regards to the ICC UK response.
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A special highlight will be the keynote of our Guest of honour Mr Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization WTO.
As one fundamental mission of the world business organization is to help business meet challenges and opportunities of globalization, Philip Kucharski, Chief Operating Officer will present the new ICC projects.
This year, the General Assembly of ICC Switzerland will have a specific focus on the important work of the ICC commissions. ICC Switzerland is a membership-based organization and a strong national representation is essential. Because our Swiss experts in the ICC Commissions are the backbone of our national committee, the meeting will be an occasion for members to have a clearer picture of the actual important topics. Each coordinator will present a specific issue discussed in “his” commission. This will be followed by an interactive discussion with the participants. This shall be a substantive exchange and enable at the same time a better understanding of the ICC Commissions as well as of the substance.
ICC Annual Assembly 2016
Wednesday 6 July 2016, 16:30
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