Private sector "important " to achieving new development goals

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participates in a Global Compact event on UN-Business Collaboration in Davos, Switzerland. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The global business community is being called on to do its part to help the United Nations achieve the goal of a sustainable future for all people everywhere.

The message comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking on Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General was addressing business leaders at an event organized by a UN private sector initiative known as the Global Compact.

Mr Ban described it as "the most successful partnership" established by the United Nations.

He reminded executives that the international community has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 targets combined represent a push to eradicate poverty by the year 2030.

 "We need your active leadership and engagement and commitment. You are the ones; you are one of the very important drivers to make these things happen.  Those are all agreements written on paper.  These…should be now translated into action on the ground. You are the ones who are working on the ground."

Mr Ban added that he hopes this year will see accelerated action on stamping out poverty, achieving gender equality and making the planet environmentally sustainable.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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