Istanbul — 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."
The Bosphorus Summit offers a space for discussion among decision-makers and leaders in politics, business, education, and other disciplines on how to boost collective action and tackle the world's most pressing issues.
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