CARTAGENA, Colombia, 1 July 2014 - The regional consultations on the role of the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda concluded today in Cartagena, Colombia, with proposals and strategies for complementarity, coherence and coordination between the public and private sectors.
The consultations were organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Global Compact, with support from the Spanish Cooperation.
Focusing on the role of the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, the event was part of a series of intergovernmental meetings and debates underway worldwide towards defining the new set of development goals that will replace the soon-to-expire Millennium Development Goals.
Participants at the event included representatives from governments, multilateral organizations, cooperation agencies, and national and multinational companies that are committed to building a common vision in promoting innovation and the pursuit of shared solutions.
During an open dialogue, participants discussed the need to consolidate a business ethic that promotes public-private partnerships where companies take part in solving collective problems. They also emphasized the increasing role of industry and the private sector in generating the resources required for achieving inclusive and sustainable development.
The incorporation of cross-cutting issues in the development agenda such as women and youth empowerment, governance and the environment were also addressed.
In order to give continuity to the discussions and to extend the scope of the consultation process, a series of online consultations and surveys are available through the following link. All inputs will contribute to capture different views and opinions on what role the private sector can and should have, both in regards to the definition and the implementation of the future global development agenda.
For more information, please contact:
Giuseppe De Simone
UNIDO Post-2015 Planning Coordinator