Luncheon on Global Innovation Policy Challenges In the Fight Against Global Warming

Date: 8/17/09

Please join us on Monday, August 17, 2009 from 12-1:30pm at Sidley Austin”s DC offices (1501 K St NW) for a luncheon discussion on “Global Innovation Policy Challenges In the Fight Against Global Warming,‚Äù presented by the NFTC Foundation”s Global Innovation Forum ( in cooperation with Sidley Austin LLP.

U.S. domestic climate legislation as well as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations present enormous opportunities and challenges for innovative firms developing or investing in the development of environmentally sound technologies destined for the international marketplace.

Learn more about these issues in the August recess ahead of the pending Senate debates on climate change and the UNFCCC negotiating schedule leading to COP15 in Copenhagen.

Sidley Austin LLP
1501 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005
Monday, August 17, 2009

The lunch will feature a bipartisan panel discussion moderated by NFTC”s Jake Colvin. This event is OFF THE RECORD and CLOSED TO PRESS.

• Mark Linscott, Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for Environment and Natural Resources
• Lou Leonard, Director for U.S. Policy on International Climate Affairs, World Wildlife Federation
• James Mendenhall, former General Counsel for Office of the USTR and current Partner at Sidley Austin LLP
• Robert J. Shapiro, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs and current Chair of the ecoIDEA Institute

Expect a lively roundtable discussion with invited guests. The lunch is limited to 50 participants and will include a diverse mix of stakeholders in the development of international policy solutions for clean technology: small and large companies, labor unions, environmental organizations, international development organizations, think tanks, economists, academics and policymakers.

Please RSVP to John Stubbs, Executive Director of the Global Innovation Forum, at by 5pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

The Global Innovation Forum was established in 2009 by the National Foreign Trade Council Foundation to create a greater understanding of the innovation ecosystem – the creation, trade and employment of innovation – and the foundations upon which this system is built to enable effective solutions to global challenges and improve the lives of workers, families and communities around the world.