VIENNA, 21 September 2020 – The UN Global Compact’s Global Leader Roundtables provided a virtual platform for CEOs and UN principals to engage in high-level discussion of their respective commitments to strengthening global cooperation, inclusive multilateralism, peace and justice, human rights and labour rights. In Roundtable 5, LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), joined other panellists in a discussion of how business could get more involved in the work of the United Nations.
The panellists discussed how, in the past, many Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been focused too much on either government or private sector interests, and they agreed that more people-focused PPPs are needed to address the needs of citizens. There was also agreement on the need for the different partners - public, private, UN, and civil society organizations - to listen to each other more and reach an alignment of interests, since this builds transparency and trust. Dialogue and partnerships are crucial and in this area the UN can play a catalytic role. The panellists concluded that in addition to a dialogue, all stakeholders need to be more active if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Global Leaders Roundtables discussed themes central to the UN75 commemoration: multilateralism, peace and justice, human rights and labour rights.
More information on the UNGA 75 main agenda and UNIDO's engagement can be found here.
View the Global Leader Roundtable 5 discussion here.