11 March 2013, New York, USA – UNITAR's New York office held a timely training course on Developing and Implementing Effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategies for Sustainable Development in the context of the post-2015 agenda. About 10 participants, mostly delegates from Member States along with some NGO representatives specializing in CSR issues, engaged in the interactive one-day training event. The workshop not only gave participants important insights on the current state of the post-2015 agenda setting process, but also equipped them with the necessary skills for designing a tailored CSR strategy.

In the introduction panel on Promoting Sustainable Development through Private Sector Engagement in the Post-2015 Era, Mr. Jose Dallo, Policy Advisor in the UNDP post-2015 team, gave insights into the focuses in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda setting. He highlighted as major themes private sector engagement and the financing of the agenda, as well as the need for civil society input and development goals which are socially inclusive. Further, he introduced the six current focuses of work within the post-2015 agenda setting team: the quality of development goals; a focus on human development, even in developed countries; overlapping inequalities; the need for data upgrades; service delivery and governance; and the understanding that the original MDG’s are fundamental but incomplete. Ms. Nicole Igloi, Sustainable Development Policy Analyst in the UNDP post-2015 team, further stressed the important role of the private sector in both the agenda setting and the implementation of the post-2015 development goals.  Mr. John Romano, social media focal point at UNDESA, gave an overview of how technology and, specifically, social media were integrated into the Rio+20 experience. Interactive online platforms, such as MyWorld and The World We Want, play a crucial role in engaging civil society into the process by allowing them to vote on development priorities and, thus, to influence the shaping of a post-2015 development framework.

Ms. Yvonne Lodico, Head of the UNITAR New York Office, gave remarks about the “groundswell” and momentum currently surrounding the post-2015 agenda and CSR, and how an increasing number of stakeholders are taking part in the process. She also stressed the need for public and private entities to come to the table and work together.

Mr. Kenneth Johnson carried out simulation exercises with groups developing strategies for investment. Participants had the chance to identify challenges for creating and implementing their own CSR strategy and to design strategies to overcome them, taking into account important issues such as gender equality and a balanced approach between the economic, social, and ecological sustainability. Overall, the participants welcomed the seminar as very timely and useful to the current challenges facing industry and the environment.