San Francisco

26 June 2015

Secretary-General's Remarks at Rocketspace Campus [as prepared for delivery]

Mr. Duncan Logan, CEO of Rocketspace,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to meet with you and to visit this dynamic entrepreneurship campus, where new technologies and creative business ideas are taking flight.

This campus is built on the premise that isolation is not an option. 

Even the best startup ideas will only succeed if developed in networks, where resources and experiences are shared.

The number of very successful companies that began their journeys here speaks to the power of this approach.

The United Nations also embraces this spirit of collaboration and innovation.

We know that tackling the toughest global challenges cannot be achieved by any one nation, organization, company or sector alone.

Working in partnership is critical to achieving our mandate to advance peace and security, development and human rights.

This year will be a watershed for sustainable development.

In September, leaders from around the world will gather in New York to finalize an ambitious new sustainable development agenda to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect the environment.

In Paris in December, they will convene to agree an effective new global plan to address climate change.

As we look to implement this new sustainable development agenda, our success depends on embracing innovation and seeking new partnerships.

As technology entrepreneurs, you have an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to this effort.

Help us to create a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets.

With your help, we can meet our goals for people and planet. 

I look forward to touring your campus and learning more about the exciting start-ups incubating here.

I wish all of you great success.

Thank you.