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The Road to Peace: Why the SDGs are Good for Business

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    On Friday, September 23rd, IPI together with the SDG Fund organized a breakfast forum on business and peace in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event offered different perspectives on how the private sector is actively engaging in the implementation of the SDGs, connecting the dots between the work of the UN and global leaders in the private sector. It also offered insights on how the UN can engage the private sector more systematically to implement the 2030 Agenda.

    Businesses play an important role in advancing the SDGs and in promoting peace and preventing conflict. They can create new job opportunities and adopt hiring practices that ensure no discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender or religion. They can also support training and apprenticeship schemes to demobilize active combatants of armed forces, and support consumer awareness by including “conflict-free labels” in their products. These are just some examples of the links between business, the SDGs and the promotion of peace. This event highlighted the connection between all the goals and targets, particularly goal 16 (peaceful societies), goal 8 (economic growth and employment) and goal 17 (global partnership).

    The breakfast meeting focused on the following questions: Why are the SDGs good for business? How can the UN engage more systematically with global leaders in the private sector to advance the 2030 Agenda? How can the private sector, the UN, and governments work together to create viable economic opportunities that contribute to inclusive growth and build peaceful and inclusive societies?

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    Ambassador Terje Rod-Larsen, President of IPI

    Panelists:

    H.E. Ms. María Ángela Holguín, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia (tbc)
    H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment for the United Arab Emirates
    Dr. David Nabarro, Special Adviser for the 2030 Agenda and Climate Change
    Mr. Tonye Cole, CEO and Founder Sahara Group
    Ms. Paloma Durán, Director Sustainable Development Goals Fund
    Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of the Ibero American Conference

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