Action Platform

Health is Everyone's Business

The world is undergoing rapid, accelerating systemic change. New threats to sustainable living and equitable growth are emerging. How we live, eat, work, play and organize our communities impacts our climate, health and wellbeing. New challenges, especially that of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), need to be addressed—and urgently—to prevent a generation unable to reap the gains of our collective progress.

Unsustainable living drives NCDs such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, respiratory diseases and mental health disorders, accounting for more than 60 per cent of all deaths worldwide, the majority in low and middle-income countries. The overall economic and social cost of NCDs vastly exceeds their direct medical costs, leaving the already vulnerable more vulnerable. With the magnitude of the NCDs challenge, there is significant space for action considering that most countries will not be able to “treat their way out” of it.

The United Nations Global Compact is uniquely positioned to take action. With our Health is Everyone’s Business Action Platform, we invite a broad coalition of UN, business, academic and civil society partners to commit to a future of health and well-being for all. This Action Platform builds upon and complements other UN and industry-led initiatives, and seeks to activate businesses across all sectors to make health and well-being a sustainable business imperative. It is part of the UN Global Compact’s commitment to activate business to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Platform will build upon a new narrative around the link between the future of health and well-being and that of sustainable living, and provide insights on how business can take leadership. The aim is to drive health awareness, generate relevance and mobilize action among businesses and their decision makers.

The Platform will provide compelling arguments for why health and well-being are imperative for sustainable business, including the business case and opportunities across value chains and supply chains. The first half of 2017 will be dedicated to building the Platform towards the launch during UN General Assembly Week in September. In 2018, the focus will be on reaching scale and driving local action through the UN Global Compact’s comprehensive global network.

Expected outcomes

  1. An alliance of leading businesses, UN, academic and civil society partners as well as youth leaders to shape a new narrative on sustainable living, health and well-being, and a Framework for Business Action on SDG 3.
  2. A mapping of factors and opportunities that drive or hinder health and well-being across the SDGs, including scenarios for collective impact solutions, best practices and business case examples.
  3. An online platform for engaging young people—as students, consumers, parents, employees, leaders and citizens in their local communities—in informing the future of sustainable living, health and well-being.

Benefits of engaging

  • Opportunity to become part of a global multi-stakeholder alliance for sustainable living, health and well-being together with the UN, leading businesses, academia and civil society partners
  • Invitation to participate in cross-sectorial roundtables and workshops with leading experts and thought leaders in the field of sustainable living, health and well-being
  • Opportunity to help shape an important UN resource on health and contribute to good practice examples
  • Opportunity contribute to other UN Global Compact Platforms, including the SDG Leadership Blueprint, SDG Reporting and Breakthrough Innovation

Activities and Events

  • April: Making Global Goals Local Business – India
    • Session and stakeholder consultation on the “Health is Everyone’s Business” Action Platform
  • September: UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017, New York
    • Launch of the Health is Everyone’s Business Action Platform.

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