New York

22 September 2021

Secretary-General’s Video Message to the 6th Annual SDG Business Forum

Watch the video: https://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads2.unmultimedia.org/public/video/evergreen/MSG+SG+/SG+15+Sept+21/2654275_MSG+SG+HOPIN+PLATFORM+15+SEP+21.mp4

I am pleased to take part in this 6th annual Sustainable Development Goal Business Forum.

I want to thank leaders from the corporate world and governments for joining us to focus on challenges and much-needed solutions for resilient supply chains, just energy transitions, and financing for the 2030 Agenda.

As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and a host of other inter-related global tests, I want to highlight three areas for action where the private sector has a critical role to play.

First, we must ensure universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and therapeutics.

Second, we must work together to build a resilient and inclusive society grounded in people-centred policies.  This includes support to micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Third, we must act now to address the climate crisis and accelerate the sustainable energy transition around the world.

Thank you once again for your engagement and commitment.  Let us work together to build a better tomorrow for all.