The countdown has begun to this September’s U.N. summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been critical in mobilizing resources and driving real progress on some of the world’s most pressing problems over the past decade. With the MDG’s deadline set to conclude at the end of 2015, discussion over what should succeed the MDGs — known as the “Post-2015 Development Agenda”— is one of the most important and impactful conversations of this century. The Post-2015 Development Agenda is an ambitious global vision that seeks to tackle extreme poverty and put the world on a more prosperous and sustainable path by 2030. The new set of 17 goals will be adopted at September’s U.N. summit on the SDGs.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) invites members of the global private sector to join a webinar on Tuesday, August 4 from 9:30AM—11:00AM U.S. EDT to discuss business engagement in the SDGs; in particular Goal Five to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Our presenter will be Daniela Ligiero, Ph.D., Vice President of Girls and Women Strategy at the United Nations Foundation.
Since the private sector accounts for 90% of jobs in developing countries, and foreign investment dwarfs official development assistance, the business community’s role in the SDGs is critical. The CCC, in a recent report co-produced with Harvard University has outlined three ways in which the business community can affect the lives of women and girls: “Engage. Enable. Advocate”. This framework also provides guidance to NGOs, governments and international organizations on their partnerships with the private sector to help improve the lives of women and girls.