Africa: Without Major Private Sector Involvement, Sustainable Goals Will Be Out of Reach - UN

Without Major Private Sector Involvemen Sustainable Goals Will Be Out of ReachIstanbul — Achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be virtually impossible if the private sector doesn't immediately start scaling up its efforts to end poverty and protect the planet, the UN development agency said today at a summit on sustainable development.

"Businesses are increasingly joining the fight to create a better world by 2030, and that's incredibly good news, but at the current rate, we're going to miss the opportunity", said Cihan Sultanoğlu, the Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

"We need private companies to find practical ways of making a fundamental difference in people's lives", she added. "This means establishing game-changing strategies for creating jobs and markets among the poor, safeguarding human rights, but also tackling climate change through boosting green technologies and ending wasteful consumption patterns."

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Supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) UK, this 3 year project focuses on deepening the understanding of the international politics of development diplomacy, including the key political drivers that influence and shape development policy internationally and the impact this has on South Africa as an emerging development assistance partner.

Key Themes

This project considers three key areas:

  1. The development of the South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA);
  2. Trilateral development partnerships; and
  3. Multilateral development cooperation.
Aims and Objectives of The Project

The aims of this project include:

  • improving the understanding of the current transition taking place within multilateral development cooperation in both the geo-political North and South;
  • understanding the role of multilateral development cooperation for South Africa’s foreign policy and international engagement in the short, medium, and long-term;
  • review potential opportunities as well as obstacles in engaging in international development assistance
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