Sir Mark Moody-Stuart
at the World Summit for Sustainable Development
Business has come to Johannesburg with a commitment to work in partnership with other Major Groups, Governments and Agencies to deliver sustainable development. I should like to make a few general remarks on the elements needed to facilitate the growth of the beneficial economic activity which is essential if we are to achieve sustainable development.
Perhaps the most important contributor is sound governance systems at
a national and local level in each and every country. By sound governance
we mean institutions whereby all sectors of society - be they women, indigenous
people, youth, small business, civil society, labour
We are also committed-to a number of initiatives, in partnership with
governments and others, to increase investment and to grow business in
developing and least developed countries. This includes paying close attention
to the growth of the small and medium enterprise sector which
Much is made by our NGO colleagues for the need for supranational standards
or regulation. The essential international agreements on climate and trade
are addressed in other fora, and we in business strongly support access
to developing country products to developed
We have appreciated the opportunity to participate in the discussions on each of the WEHAB areas. I will therefore only comment briefly on each.
Delivering Water to the poor is crucial for Sustainable Development. Business as usual will not make it happen - there is a need to create new partnerships and mobilise private sector investment. Business is open to this and to work with governments in creative ways to ensure that water systems serve all sectors of the community.
In Energy, the development of renewables is important and business is
for the development of renewables as for any other business opportunity.
But there is also need for better access to energy for industrial, commercial
and domestic markets, both urban and rural. For this we need
In Health, while business can play its part in the development of drugs
and in addressing the health issues of employees around the world, synergy
with government activity for the population at large is critical. In the
Accelerating Access Initiative UNAIDS is working with business
In Agriculture farms need better access to markets both locally ad internationally. Governments need to establish enabling policies addressing transport and communications. Simply lowering tariffs will not be enough.
For Biodiversity the private sector is aware of the need to work with local communities and others to identify best practice solutions. The Energy and Biodiversity Initiative is a partnership between major conservation groups such as the IUCN and leading energy companies to define policies in relation to reserved areas.
Lest we depress ourselves that nothing is happening on the ground, may I draw your attention to the Virtual Exhibition, produced by a partnership between BASD and UNDP which showcases some 200 sustainable development partnership projects from all around the world many of which have no direct business involvement. Every half hour or so there is a live discussion of these projects between those here in the Sandton Centre and the projects in the field. We have covered more than twenty countries so far already in these connections. This is giving real access to the summit to the grass roots in the projects and the process can be viewed live or in archive by anyone with internet access anywhere. Already more people have visited it than are here. I hope that ministers and Heads of State will take the opportunity to visit and interact.
Finally, the business community calls on governments to provide forward looking outputs from WSSD leading to real implementation through transparent action in partnership with us and other major groups. We all have a role to play.