UN Chief firmly committed to the power of partnershipsListen /
We need businesses to advance innovations and forge collaborations that can have transformative impacts on some of the toughest issues we face, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Friday at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York.
The Secretary-General said he's firmly committed to the power of partnerships, working with business and all key stakeholders to make progress on UN objectives.
He said the immediate challenge is achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
“Even though the private sector was identified for the first time as a strategic player in reaching UN goals, there was no clear role for business in the agenda. Yet, business has had a major hand in reducing extreme poverty … combating diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria … and in advancing solar, wind and other modern energy sources. Now, the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching. Governments, the UN and stakeholders are working hard to accelerate action to meet the existing commitments. Your support is essential.”
Secretary-General Ban said Member States are also working to define the twin pillars of a more sustainable world: a new, universal legal climate agreement and a post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
And he added that the private sector will be integral.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.