PNG Businesses position themselves behind the Sustainable Development Goals

Jun 30, 2017

Roy Trivedy, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator speaks at a press conference after the #BusinessCoalition4SDGs breakfast forum with (from L to R) Reynaldo Antonio d. Laguda, Executive Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress and Anjori Pasricha, Technical Consultant, SocialCops. CREDITS; Alice, Plate/UNDP (UNDP)

Port Moresby, 30 June 2017The Business Council of Papua New Guinea, The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have joined forces to help businesses learn about how they can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

The 17 SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030 and were adopted by PNG and 192 other UN Member states in 2015.

At a meeting titled #BusinessCoalition4SDGs on Friday 30 June 2017, Roy Trivedy, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Represenative commended the private sector for their engagement.

“Businesses in PNG have a key role to play as an engine of economic growth and employment and a source of finance, technology and innovation in PNG and we cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and improve the country’s future without them.”

Mr Trivedy said today’s meeting provided a unique opportunity for PNG businesses to partner with UNDP and assist with the nation’s development challenges over the next 15 years.

“We know that many businesses are already involved in positive development initiatives, but we’re hoping through the Business Council and the Chamber of Commerce, that they join the global movement, with over 9,400 companies covering 160 countries that have already signed up to support the SDGs,” Mr Trivedy said.

Mr. David Toua, President of the Business Council of PNG and Chair of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council said:“Papua  New  Guinea will be chairing the APEC meeting next year, and inclusive growth will continue to be a key priority considersation. This meeting today, the initaives we are discussing and the strong underpinning in the SDGs is very relevent to both PNG, APEC and all other countries involved."

At the #BusinessCoalition4SDGs forum, leading initiatives from across the Asia- Pacific were shared including a presentation by the Philippine Business for Social Progress, the country’s largest business-led NGO contributing to sustainable development and poverty reduction and disaster relief.

The forum also heard about an innovative web platform developed by a leading Indian technology company, which creates a visual dashboard to allow businesses to map and track their social investments, aligned with the SDGs. The platform is being utilised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and can assist businesses in facilitating greater partnerships, collaboration and social impact investments.

Going forward the #BusinessCoalition4SDGs will meet again in August to share more opporutnties and present a draft visual dashboard.    

More information on the SDGs can be found on UNDP’s website.

Contact information

Alice Plate, UNDP Communications Specialist, +675 7332 4828, alice.plate@undp.org

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