UN Urged to Engage Private Sector on Sustainable Development Goals

Louise Kantrow, ICC’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York
Louise Kantrow, ICC’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), part of USCIB’s global network, participated in the first session of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which met March 14-15 at UN headquarters in New York to launch the intergovernmental process of developing a set of sustainable development goals.

ICC UN Permanent Representative Louise Kantrow addressed the UN General Assembly and delivered an intervention on behalf of business and industry, the scientific and technological community, and local authorities to emphasize the critical importance of engaging all stakeholders and major groups, particularly business, to ensure proper design and successful implementation.

Members of the Open Working Group were named after the adoption of a General Assembly resolution earlier in January which concluded extensive negotiations among member states to determine which countries should occupy the 30 seats.

Kantrow said that each goal should be well defined, underpinning all three dimensions of sustainable development. “Enabling conditions for sustainability will need to be front and center, building on a foundation of economic growth, improved quality of life, good governance, inclusion and strong institutions as key drivers of development,” she said.

Kantrow encouraged member states to build on recommendations that came out of the Rio+20 Conference in 2012 and to make the best use of the collaboration mechanisms, created through the Rio+20 process, through enhanced participation of major groups and other stakeholders in line with the multi-level and multi-stakeholder model.

USCIB, in partnership with ICC and other parts of its global network, will continue to provide business input to the SDG development process.

Staff contacts: Adam Greene and Norine Kennedy

Annual Dinner 2009

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'09 USCIB Annual Dinner

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Waldorf-Astoria, New York City

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Celebrating the 90th Anniversary
of the
International Chamber of Commerce

Secretary Gary Locke
Secretary Locke

Keynote Remarks:

Gary Locke
U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Featured Speaker

Christiane amanpour
Senior International Correspondent, CNN
Christiane Amanpour
Christiane Amanpour

On October 8, 2009, USCIB members and friends commemorated the 90th anniversary of the International Chamber of Commerce, as part of a worldwide series of events throughout 2009 marking this important milestone for the world business organization, which is USCIB’s oldest overseas affiliate.

ICC was represented by Chairman Victor Fung (Chairman, Li & Fung Group) and members of ICC’s Executive Board.  An exciting dinner program included keynote remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and featured speaker Christiane Amanpour, senior international correspondent with CNN.

ICC’s anniversary was also marked with a lunch at the United Nations and a two-day workshop at Harvard Business School on the future of market capitalism.  For more information, please visit www.icc90anniversary.org.

The gala also marked the 40th anniversary of the ATA Carnet system for temporary exports in the United States.  Developed by ICC in cooperation with the World Customs Organization, ATA Carnets are an invaluable tool for exporters and others doing business abroad.


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