UN, business and civil society leaders identify ways to scale up partnerships for economic growth and decent work

United States of America

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 17 July 2019 — Business, Government and civil society organizations convened today to discuss public-private partnerships to advance economic growth and decent work.

Organized by the United Nations Global Compact in collaboration with the International Organization of Employers, the United States Council for International Business, and Deloitte, the event highlighted the increasing importance of bringing these partnerships to scale. 

“We will need many more partnerships to make the 17 Global Goals a reality by 2030," said Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. "Realizing the 2030 Agenda requires collaboration between all sectors in society.”

Panelists at the "Partnerships for the 2030 Agenda: How to Untap the Potential" event discussed the importance of public-private partnerships

Kingo emphasized the business opportunities inherent to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — including addressing the urgent climate challenge. “It is estimated that there is a US$ 26 trillion upside in investing in and building a renewable energy sector.”

Speaking about the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs, Ambassador Jean-Jacques Elmiger, Head of International Labour Affairs at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs said, “These partnerships should be first of all oriented in the field of social dialogue,” emphasizing that by bringing together stakeholders from business, Government and civil society to address shared issues, society can ensure that no-one is left behind as the work towards the SDGs continues.

Referring to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, Suarez Santos, Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers said, “You need to constantly collaborate with the private sector because otherwise, we will not get there.”

Stakeholders discussed the importance of partnerships and business participation in scaling up action towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Moderated by Jeff Schwartz, Principal of Deloitte Consulting, the event was part of the broader SDG 8 Business Dialogue: Private Sector Commitment for Economic Growth and Decent Work Programme.

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