The annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Business Forum takes place during the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. The Business Forum provides a unique multi-stakeholder platform to support business action and partnerships to achieve the UN SDGs – fostering public-private dialogues, catalysing new partnerships and alliances, and exploring innovative business solutions to accelerate sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda recognises the critical role of business in delivering on the promise of sustainable and inclusive development. The business case for sustainable development is based on the understanding that business and social values are inextricably linked and business efforts to improve lives and strengthen local communities can also have long-term bottom line benefits. The private sector has been invited to share its support for the Agenda during the HLPF at the SDG Business Forum.
Co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), and the UN Global Compact, and organised in collaboration with the Global Business Alliance (GBA) for 2030, the SDG Business Forum convenes leaders from business and government, together with the heads of UN agencies, key international organisations, and civil society groups to delve into the role business will play in delivering the 2030 Agenda. Featuring a showcase review of business engagement on the SDG goals in focus at each year’s HLPF, as well as individual sessions examining investment, partnerships, and monitoring, the event fosters robust dialogue between governments and the private sector on critical issues and the way forward. The Forum reports on significant achievements and commitments undertaken by business and gauge private sector efforts to catalyse sustainable growth and development during this critical implementation phase. Ranging from SMEs to multinational corporations, the global business community is committed to contribute to the success of the 2030 Agenda and the realisation of a long-lasting, prosperous future for all.
International Chamber of Commerce – ICC and the SDGs
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) represents business interests at the highest levels of intergovernmental decision-making, whether at the World Trade Organisation, the United Nations or the G20 ensuring the voice of business is heard and hosts the UNSDG SB Forum at the HLPF. The ICC response to the UN Open Consultation on the development of a global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals is based on existing positions and on content drawn from, inter alia, the Green Economy Roadmap and the Business Charter for Sustainable Development, this document aims to provide input to the development of the global indicator framework for the SDGs. It outlines in particular the importance of indicator development to measure progress and improve disclosure in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
ICC Australia works ICC to bring together the Asia Pacific CEO Forum. The Forum will bring together high-level global leaders. The event includes discussions on the role of Asia Pacific in reshaping the world economy and global trade as well as achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through innovation and entrepreneurship.
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