When world leaders converge on New York City for the United Nations climate action Summit on 23 September the UN Secretary-General António Guterres will ask leaders from government, business and civil society to address the global climate emergency.

The Association of International Accountants (AIA) is proud to work with the InterAction Council and other Commonwealth partners as a signatory on the ‘Manifesto to Secure a Healthy Planet for All – A Call for Emergency Action’. The Manifesto was developed in response to the increasing international and United Nations evidence of the severity of our global climate and environmental crisis. This is a collaborative initiative by the InterAction Council, an organisation of former Heads of State and Government, co-chaired by HE Bertie Ahern and President Obasanjo, with a mandate to strengthen global security.

Finance professionals play a vital role in encouraging and supporting corporate action on climate change. AIA believes that the accountancy sector globally can, and will, play a major role in re-orientating the current priority focus from unsustainable growth to one that promotes solutions for the creation of sustainable wellbeing and growth.

Business will play a vital role in limiting the damage caused by global warming: embracing change and driving forward new solutions. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are the cornerstone for many economies worldwide and AIA are passionate about enabling those businesses to become resilient to future climate effects, but also encourage development in products and services that actively support the climate change agenda.  AIA is recommending SMEs and their advisors support the initiatives set out in the manifesto to embrace the urgent changes needed to protect the planet for the long term.

AIA chief executive, Philip Turnbull, said: “We are at a pivotal juncture in the history of our planet and must stand together collaboratively and act now in order to stabilise climate change and ensure a healthy planet for current and future generations and we encourage all our members to embrace this manifesto for change.”

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