Get involved Vol 22, No. 04 - April 2018

It’s not business as usual: Partnering to deliver the global goals

While national governments are at the helm of our journey towards a sustainable future, the private sector also plays a vital role in our efforts to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In fact, the successful implementation of these 17 transformative goals, requires us all – from governments, civil society, the private sector, to academia, philanthropic organizations and private citizens – to work together. It is our blueprint for a better future for our planet and for generations to come.

This year’s ECOSOC Partnership Forum, taking place on 4 April, will bring together business leaders to shed a light on the contributions of the private sector to the global goals, with a special focus on the theme “Partnering for Resilient and Inclusive Societies: Contributions of the Private Sector.”

With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, nations across the globe have made a solemn promise: to leave no one behind. To be able to keep that promise, partnerships will be crucial, since the goals cannot be achieved by isolated efforts. This is also the reason why the agenda’s last and 17th goal specifically targets global partnership for sustainable development. Take goal 10, which aims at eliminating all forms of inequalities for example. This goal requires different parts of society to work together to ensure the rights and inclusion of all people, and especially from different vulnerable groups.

Discussions revolving around the private sector’s unique contribution to the goals and to our commitment to leave no one behind will take center stage at this year’s Forum. More than making profits and boosting the economy, the private sector can spur innovation, make long-term investments in sustainable infrastructure, contribute to equal pay between men and women, and create more decent jobs and opportunities for young people, persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples.

While the morning session of the Forum will put a spotlight on innovative business models that will help increase the inclusion of vulnerable groups, real-time and big data generated by the private sector will be in focus for the afternoon session.

Follow this event and get inspired by innovative partnerships between the private sector and other actors. The event will be streamed live via UN Web TV. We welcome our online audience to engage via Facebook and join the live broadcasts that we plan for that day on UN DESA’s Facebook page. Follow UN DESA on Facebook and Twitter for updates on these live broadcasts.

Have you forged a new partnership or initiative to mobilize action for the SDGs? Then register this on our SDGs Partnership Platform to inform, educate and inspire others! Partnerships and initiatives for the SDGs can be registered here.

Photo: Lakshman Nadaraja/World Bank

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2018 ECOSOC Partnership Forum

Partnerships for the SDGs

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