United Nations Zambia

8 September 2016, New York, USA – The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will partner with the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-Fund) to host an International Conference on “Attaining the SDGs by 2030: Business and the UN, New Partnership Models.” The Conference will be held at UN Headquarters in New York City on 8 September 2016. More than 60 participants are expected. Registration is not closed, however, and the Conference can accommodate up to 100 attendees.

As UN Member States turn their attention toward the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the role of capacity building will be crucial in translating commitments into practical actions with transformational change and impact. The Conference will raise awareness of how public-private sector partnerships (PPPs) are meeting development targets, share perspectives from the private sector and its engagement with the UN and its members and showcase concrete partnerships that have succeeded in forwarding development goals.

The Conference will focus on a few primary themes. First, it will continuously examine how engagement with business is serving to meet the attainment of the SDGs – and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) – goal by goal, and how business can strive to “leave no one behind.” Secondly, the Conference will seek to highlight concrete examples and models of cooperation in UN private sector engagement. Finally, the Conference will strive to present relevant considerations for ensuring accountability and monitoring progress.

Upon completion of the International Conference, participants and others will have the opportunity to further engage with the subject matter of the event. In order to add a sustaining and longer-term outlet from which to engage with constituents, leading to greater learning, exploring the possibilities for partnerships, and developing a Community of Practice, an online course will be developed, pilot tested and ready to launch on 15 November 2016. Conference participants will have priority registration. Successful completion of the course will result in receiving a personalised UNITAR/SDF-Fund Certificate of Completion. The Course will be free of charge to all participants (for a limited time only). 

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