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ICC has launched a COVID-19 web portal, providing trusted and up-to-date information for businesses, policymakers and chambers of commerce worldwide.

The new site has been developed in line with ICC commitments to the World Health Organization (WHO) to facilitate information flows by disseminating the latest and most reliable information on the COVID-19 outbreak to businesses.

A joint ICC/WHO statement issued last month announced plans to leverage ICC’s global network of over 45 million businesses to enable businesses worldwide to play a full and active role in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Visit the COVID-19 web portal.

 

As a trusted private sector partner, ICC is working closely with business, government and other stakeholders to ensure that the latest, most reliable information and tailored guidance reaches the global business community to help protect lives and livelihoods.

The new knowledge-sharing website contains vetted advice for businesses, policymakers and chambers on how to overcome the unfolding global health and societal emergency presented by COVID-19. It serves as a one-stop-shop for users featuring practical policy recommendations, resources for businesses to understand, prepare for and respond to the unprecedented disruption, and actions undertaken by chambers of commerce in response to COVID-19.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is organizing the International Forum "The Future of International Supply Chains - Sustainable, Digital, Smart" from June to October 2021.

 

At the Forum we will take a look at the benefits and challenges of international supply chains:

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  • - How can supply chains be made more resilient?

    • - Can digitalization of supply chains  also contribute to conserving our resources and protecting our climate?

    • - What are the benefits and challenges of supply chain finance?

    • - How do companies address the issue of corporate supply chain responsibility?

    • - Which initiatives and measures do they take to protect human rights?

    • - And last but not least: what are the latest trends of the "supply chains of tomorrow"?

 

The opening of the Forum will be joined by Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Trade Centre (ITC), Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Norbert Barthle, Parl. State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL, John Denton, Secretary General ICC and Holger Bingmann, Chairman, ICC Germany.

 

Register here

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The “ICC-CCIG Series” address major themes related to international trade with a dual purpose: updating Members on issues that are currently being discussed at the United Nations, World Trade Organization and other international organizations in Geneva; and illustrate the way businesses, actors of world governance, civil society and researchers can successfully cooperate towards common global goals.

 

The second event of the series is dedicated to business and human rights. ICC continuously promotes best practices to its members – domestic and international companies of all sizes and sectors– aimed at enhancing their internal management of human rights and other corporate responsibility areas. The event is held in connection with the 10th anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), which is celebrated in June 2021.

 

More information on the programme as well as registration can be found here.

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We are pleased to announce a webinar on Thursday 6 May, 17:00, on trade and environmental sustainability. This webinar will launch a series of events co-organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the CCIG. It fits into the series of Geneva Business Dialogues organised by ICC Switzerland which the objective is to strengthen global prosperity and development through trade and investment.

 

More information as well as the possibility to register you find here

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Model-WTO has carried out their 2021 conference over the past week with great success. Over 50 participants from 5 different continents came together virtually, spending a fruitful and informative week.

 

The Model-WTO international conference provides a unique opportunity for future decision makers to experience first hand the technicalities of the multilateral trading system, which ICC Switzerland is delighted to support!

 

13/04/2021

London and Kuala Lumpur

 

The Gulf of Guinea accounted for nearly half (43%) of all reported piracy incidents in the first three months of 2021, according to the latest figures from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

 

IMB’s latest global piracy report records 38 incidents since the start of 2021 – compared with 47 incidents during the same period last year. In the first three months of 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 33 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon, and one vessel hijacked.

Despite a drop in the number of reported piracy incidents for Q1 2021, violence against crew is on the rise in comparison to previous years. Since the start of 2021, 40 crew have been kidnapped compared to 22 crew in Q1 2020. A crew member was also killed in Q1 2021.

 

Gulf of Guinea

The Gulf of Guinea continues to be particularly dangerous for seafarers with 43% of all reported piracy incidents occurring in the region. In addition, the region accounted for all 40 kidnapped crew incidents, as well as the sole crew fatality, according to IMB.

 

“Pirates operating within the Gulf of Guinea are well-equipped to attack further away from shorelines and are unafraid to take violent action against innocent crews” warns IMB Director Michael Howlett. “It’s critical that seafarers remain cautious and vigilant when travelling in nearby waters and report all incidents to the Regional Authorities and the IMB PRC. Only improved knowledge sharing channels and increased collaboration between maritime response authorities will reduce the risk to seafarers in the region.”

 

The furthest recorded kidnapping occurred on 11 March 2021 when pirates kidnapped 15 crew from a Maltese flagged Chemical Tanker, 212nm south of Cotonou, Benin. In another incident, a fishing vessel hijacked on 8 February 2021 was used by pirates as a mother vessel to facilitate other attacks.

The IMB PRC commends the Coastal response agencies and independent international navies tasked in the Region for actively responding to reported incidents and encourages their continued efforts in making the GoG waters safer for the seafarers.

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New Arbitration Rules Webinar

24. March 2021, 16:30 - 17:30 CET

On 1st December 2020, ICC Court of Arbitration launched its revised Rules of Arbitration (“2021 ICC Rules”), which entered into force on 1 January 2021.

We have the pleasure to invite you to an information and roundtable event on 24 March 2021, which will provide you with a brief overview of the relevant revision points and an in-depth practical insight into some key aspects of the revision topics.

 

Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues. Non-members are also welcome to participate.

 

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Please regsiter until 17 March 2021 at the latest.

 

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