Engaging with the Private Sector in the Post-2015 Agenda

~Series of Dialogues on Means of Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
                          Engaging with the Private Sector in the Post-2015 Agenda
Consolidated Report on 2014 Consultations:

~The following key messages have emerged so far from the ongoing dialogue on “Engaging with the Private Sector”:

1. While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide a framework for tackling some of the world’s most
pressing social challenges, they are very much concentrated on meeting basic human needs. The future Sustainable
Development Goals framework should go beyond the conceptualization of the MDGs. In addition to
eliminating poverty, the new framework will need to address the drivers of change, such as economic growth,
job creation, reduced inequality and innovation that makes better and more careful use of natural resources.
Industry plays a prominent role in advancing all these drivers.

2. The private sector is not only a source of financing, but is also an actor in development. Its role, especially
when motivated by long-term sustainability interests, lies in core operations and the wide impact of business,
and relates directly to UN values, poverty eradication and the spectrum of issue areas covered by the
proposed SDGs. This dynamic role as a driver of sustainable economic growth brings with it opportunities in
value creation as well as important responsibilities for business as a driver of sustainable economic growth.

3. More and more businesses are incorporating social and environmental sustainability criteria in core business
operations. This will remain a key challenge and opportunity for the Post-2015 development era, regardless of
country of operation. Very sophisticated and transparent techniques are being developed to align corporate
long-term goals with global sustainability goals.

4. Partnerships are expected to play a key role in the implementation of the future SDGs. In this regard, it is
important to recognize that partnerships come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and operate at all levels,
from local to global. Transparency, trust and dialogue are extremely important to achieve a successful
partnership. Partners must also show what they expect in return and make their own objectives clear within
the partnership.

5. The most direct route to innovation, technological advances and productive capacity is through a healthy,
engaged industrial sector. An inclusive discussion format, involving business in national development plans,
is taking place in many country settings. Multi-sector initiatives involving engaged business, such as United
Nations Global Compact’s Local Networks or the UNIDO Green Industry Platform, among others, could support
this trend.~

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