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Insurers show leadership on climate change


Mike Morrissey

Insurers show leadership on climate change

Our industry is now recognised as a leader in offering concrete solutions to the challenges of climate change, says Mike Morrissey.

On September 23, the United Nations hosted the Climate Summit at its headquarters in New York. This summit included dozens of heads of state and other senior government officials, as well as leaders from the private sector and civil society. The objective was to leverage the diverse strengths of the delegates to shift the global climate trajectory, which UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon describes as “the defining issue of our time”.

As these global thought and policy leaders conferred to help put the world on a path to sustainable prosperity, the insurance industry also had a prominent role in the summit. It is encouraging to know that our industry is now recognised as being a leader in offering concrete solutions to these challenges. Invited to present remarks to summit delegates were the CEOs of Swiss Re, Aviva and Willis, as well as the heads of two of the world’s leading global insurance organizations: the International Insurance Society and the International Co-operative and Mutual Insurance Federation.

“Integrating climate risk into broad economic decision-making has the potential to save millions of lives and billions of dollars of property value in the future.”

Mike Morrissey, Climate change, Swiss Re, Aviva, Willis

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