Previewing COP23

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference is taking place in Bonn, Germany, over the next two weeks. Given how prevalent climate change is in the news today, greater attention is being paid to this year’s COP and the United States’ involvement. Julio Valeriano, an associate director in APCO’s Washington global solutions practice, previewed COP23 and shared three things to know.

Analyzing the Situation in Catalonia

On October 27th, Catalonia declared independence from Spain. Alexia Faus, a project assistant in APCO’s London office and a Catalan native, outlined three things to know in the wake of the declaration. She also shared her personal perspective on what this will mean in the future for Catalonia and Spain.

Nicholas Whyte, senior director, global solutions in APCO’s Brussels office, also joined CGTN to discuss the declaration of independence and its implications moving forward.

Decrypting Tax & Budget Legislation

Last week, the GOP released its highly-anticipated tax plan. Dan Scandling, a senior director in APCO’s Washington-based public affairs practice, shared three things to know about the bill and what the road ahead may look like.

The U.S. House of Representatives also passed the Senate’s budget proposal. Dan Scandling summarized the newly-passed budget and what it means for lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Highlighting the Africa Global Business Forum

Last week, Dubai played host to the 2017 Africa Global Business Forum, a two-day summit to explore new business opportunities between the Gulf countries and Africa. Middle East experts Nic Labuschagne, senior director, and Aurelien Raspiengeas, associate director, shared highlights and key takeaways from the forum.

Briefly Noted

  • Lauren O’Leary, an associate director in APCO’s New York office, shared advice on when and how brands should take a stand on issues after attending the Fast Company’s Innovation Summit.
  • IAC member Tim Roemer, former U.S. Ambassador to India, discussed Congress’ efforts to tackle Russian meddling in American politics for the Hill. Ambassador Roemer also commented on India - Afghanistan relations in The Print and unpacked three takeaways from Secretary Tillerson’s recent visit to India.
  • James McGregor, chairman of APCO’s greater China region, joined CNN to discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping’s announcement of his new seven-member leadership committee.
  • Flynn Chapman, a project consultant in APCO’s Washington-based public affairs practice, shared three things to know about Twitter’s decision to label political ads.

Recent Research

Last week, APCO released our fourth annual TradeMarks study, which measures the effectiveness of trade associations’ advocacy efforts in Washington. Bill Dalbec, deputy managing director of APCO Insight and the study’s principal investigator, shared three key takeaways. For more information on the study, visit our TradeMarks page.

Furthermore, APCO Insight’s recent polling on the tech industry reveals expectations of D.C. policy elites and Bay Area technology professionals on the industry’s ability to solve major domestic and global problems.

Upcoming Events

Global Social Business Summit
November 4-9

23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23)
November 6-17

IPR Event: “Leveraging Data-driven Research for Strategic Communications”
November 7

Asprire Ascend - Remarkable Woman: Margery Kraus
November 8

Women Political Leaders Annual Global Summit
November 28-30

Celebrating award-winning work!

Congratulations to our team in Italy for winning a Global SABRE Award at the Holmes Report Global PR Summit for the team’s incredible work on the eBay Adopts L’Aquila campaign! Take a look at the case study to learn more about the campaign.

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