Participants in the 16th international Annual
Conference of the World Association For Sustainable Development (WASD)
highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships for the
implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
During the conference, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) presented its strategic and operational approach for partnering with the business sector and explained how it contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
agreed that current trends of rapid digitization and related technological
developments in industry are changing ways of doing business. The business
sector, as a central driver of economic growth and job creation in many
developing countries, was described as a key player in tackling today’s
By partnering with the business sector through various
models, UNIDO ensures that the industry voice is funneled into the
Organization’s technical assistance and normative interventions.
“Partnerships with the business sector and other key
stakeholders are essential to achieving measurable and impactful inclusive and
sustainable industrial development and to implementing the 2030 Agenda,” said
UNIDO Industrial Development OfficerJérôme
Stucki at the event.
“UNIDO works to facilitate industrial investment opportunities which benefit all partners and support the transformation of local labour markets.”
UNIDO’s partnership on artisanal and small-scale gold mining with
Argor-Heraeus, a global refining company, was presented to exemplify
the approach. Helping gold miners in developing countries to adopt mercury-free
technologies reduces the health and environmental impact of mining activities
and enhances access to international markets.
The partnership aims to develop a sustainable business
model for the artisanal gold mining sector, which will increase national
revenue, allow a continuous inflow of public investments to improve social and
environmental conditions in the mining communities, as well as ensure work
safety and higher income for miners and their families.
“There is a demand for artisanal produced gold. We were
looking for a partner who could ensure the sustainability and inclusiveness of
such production process,” said Phaedon Stamatopoulos, Director Refining and
Banking at Argor-Heraeus.
“I’m extremely glad to work with UNIDO on this
partnership to be able to provide a concrete, mutually interesting solution to
a global environmental problem while ensuring social inclusiveness.”
“Participating as a private sector representative in this conference was an eye-opener on how much the UN community is focusing on collaboration with the business sector,” Stamatopoulos added.
Stucki noted that “commercially viable partnerships have the potential to produce better development results as proven by this collaboration. Private investment and business sector involvement in accelerating development are crucial especially in the current industrial development landscape, where foreign direct investment inflows have been, and will continue to be, greater than official development assistance resources.”
UNIDO also participated in a panel focusing on private
sector partnerships and the 2030 Agenda and presented its Program
for Country Partnership (PCP) approach as a concrete way to help countries
broker the diverse partnerships needed at national, regional and global levels
in order to build trust and mobilize assets to accelerate the achievement of
industrial development goals and of the SDGs.
four-day conference was attended by more than 200 participants representing the
UN agencies, private sector, academia and diplomatic community. The event
explored how to improve the contribution of the private sector for implementing
the 2030 Agenda. It offered a platform for the private sector to foster
partnerships with the UN system organizations in an effort to improve
efficiency in the use of resources for development.