USCIB Gathered for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum

Breakfast Roundtable to Discuss Business Innovation for the SDGs

 US Ambassador to ECOSOC Kelley Currie gives remarks at breakfast roundtable on business innovation for the SDGs

US Ambassador to ECOSOC Kelley Currie gives remarks at breakfast roundtable on business innovation for the SDGs


As governments and stakeholders gathered for the third annual United Nations Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the SDGs in New York on June 5-6, USCIB organized a timely breakfast roundtable on the margins of the forum titled, “Together for Impact: Business Innovation for the SDGs” on June 6. USCIB partnered with the U.S. Department of State and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to launch a practical and productive dialogue between USCIB member companies and UN missions and agencies.

The roundtable – held at Pfizer’s Headquarters in New York – brought together UN Missions, UN Agencies, and USCIB Member companies to discuss opportunities to partner and scale up the deployment of business innovation in order to deliver progress on the SDGs.  Representatives of companies, governments and the UN system began a practical dialogue on operationalizing private sector innovations through conducive enabling regulatory frameworks and inclusive international cooperation.

Monsanto, Ferrero, Pfizer, Novozymes, LexisNexis and CropLife International presented examples of how the private sector is working with other stakeholders to advance innovative technologies and knowledge-sharing.  Japanese Ambassador and Co-Chair of the STI Forum Toshiya Hoshino gave a government and UN perspective, as did Judith Arrieta, on behalf of Ambassador Juan Sandoval Mendiolea of Mexico, co-chair of STI Forum.  Also attending the meeting were the co-chairs and several members of the UN “10 Member Advisory Group” to the STI Forum, including Dr. Vaughan Turekian of the National Academy of Sciences.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Kelley Currie opened the meeting, highlighting the importance of bringing the private sector, that is increasingly embracing and operationalizing SDG-related innovations – in terms of products, services, ways of producing, and the means of cooperation itself – into partnership with the UN system.  In her keynote speech, she stated that, “there are such good intentions on all sides, and a great deal of achievement and potential to offer.  Three years after 2015, Addis and New York and Paris, those who understand the imperative of stepped up deployment of solutions do need to find ways to advance those opportunities, to bridge what appear to be missed opportunities and take them forward for shared impact and benefit.  Business too has to do more to encourage such a “skin in the game” working relationships, including through public-private partnerships.”

USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson remarked, “dissemination and deployment of technologies and know-how for the widest possible societal benefits are imperatives that can only be advanced by working together with the US business community.  That is why USCIB called this meeting, for systems thinking and more importantly systems doing,  and to cultivate systemic collaboration and knowledge-sharing.”

In concluding the meeting, Andrew Wilson, ICC’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, brought the discussion back to the fundamental question of where governments and the multilateral system need private sector involvement most.  “Clearly we need more interactions like this one to determine solutions from business that can be widely deployed to help advance the SDGs.”

USCIB and its members will continue to work with governments to ensure that business views and contributions to innovation for the SDGs in the form of products, initiatives and implementation are heard, welcomed, and taken into account at important meetings like the UN High Level Political Forum (UN HLPF) as well as at future UN STI sessions.

The Third Annual SDG Business Forum July 17, 2018

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The third annual SDG Business Forum will be held at the United Nations Headquarters on July 17, 2018 during the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The SDG Business Forum is hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), and the UN Global Compact. Leaders from business, government, UN agencies, key international organizations, and civil society groups will attend the Forum to explore and foster business engagement in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda.

The UN 2030 Agenda is a platform for the private sector to demonstrate the central role of business in sustainable development from the standpoints of investment, innovation and implementation. The HLPF will be convened under the Economic and Social Council as the central UN forum to review the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s theme for the HLPF is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” The meetings will focus on six of the 17 SDGs; including Goal 6 – Ensure Water & Sanitation, Goal 7 – Ensure Energy for All, Goal 11 – Make Cities Sustainable, Goal 12 – Ensure Sustainable Consumption & Production, Goal 15 – Protect Ecosystems, and Goal 17 – Strengthen Means of Implementation. The SDG Business Forum will showcase and report on how businesses of all sectors and nationalities are engaged in supporting those six SDGs.

The SDG Business Forum is a unique multi-stakeholder platform for business action and partnerships to achieve the SDGs by fostering public-private dialogues, catalyzing new partnerships and alliances, and exploring innovative business solutions to accelerate sustainable development. From SMEs to multi-national companies, businesses are realizing the necessity of incorporating the SDGs into their business plans and practices and the Business Forum provides the opportunity to review and strengthen their engagement in the SDGS.

The SDG Business Forum will be held from 9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on July 17, 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Register for the SDG Business Forum here.

Read more about the HLPF here.

Report on Advancing Public-Private Partnerships to Achieve the Global Nutrition Goals

Official Report from USCIB Nutrition Event Now Published

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Wilton Park USA, in partnership with the USCIB Foundation and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), has published a report as follow up to last October’s successful joint dialogue on “No More Missed Opportunities: Advancing Public-Private Partnerships to Achieve the Global Nutrition Goals.” The report summarizes the details of the meeting as well as the “Principles of Engagement,” which were developed during the meeting to provide a useful framework through which to approach future public-private partnership and a valuable reference point for developing effective solutions.

The report concludes that “effective partnerships and better nutrition outcomes can be facilitated through policy and legislative frameworks more conducive to collaboration. This could include better application of the clout of financiers, shareholders, and consumers on the business side and constituencies, NGOs, and civil servants on the government side.”

“Every country is now struggling with some aspect of malnutrition, and a growing number are experiencing both undernutrition and obesity,” said USCIB Vice President for Product Policy and Innovation Mike Michener, who leads USCIB’s policy work on nutrition, food and health. “The roundtable sought to support the accelerated achievement of internationally agreed global nutrition goals, and broader commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by convening a high-level group of leaders from government, business and other key stakeholders.”

This meeting aimed to tackle the problem of poor diet as the number one risk factor for early death, contributing to 20 percent of global deaths, with the burden falling disproportionately on children under five and women of reproductive age, a situation nutrition experts have described as a “missed opportunity” (Lancet, 2013). Each year, malnutrition is a factor in almost half of the six million deaths of children under five, and 159 million children are stunted, with impacts on their physical and cognitive abilities that last a lifetime. More than 500 million women are anemic, with an increased risk of maternal death and delivering premature and low-birth-weight babies. At the same time, 600 million adults are obese, and 420 million have diabetes, with rates rising steeply.

Read the full report here.