16 June 2020 - The virtual United Nations Global Compact Leaders’ Summit gathered over 20,000 participants from across the globe. The 26 hours “chase-the-sun” event was organized under the umbrella of “recovering better, stronger and together” from three unprecedented and interconnected crises: inequality, health and climate change.
It was the most inclusive convening of CEOs, Heads of State, and UN Leaders that culminated, among other initiatives, in the launch of the Action Platform “Sustainable Infrastructure for the Belt and Road Initiative to accelerate the SDGs”, which UNIDO will participate in as an institutional partner; infrastructure is reflected in more than 100 SDG targets and the Action Platform is therefore an important mechanism to collaboratively advance the SDGs.
Furthermore, during UNIDO’s high-level session “Innovative recovery from COVID-19: the power of public-private collaboration”, UNIDO Director General LI Yong, together with Vice President and Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard (HP) Africa Elisabeth Moreno and UNIDO beneficiary and founder of Lait Espoir (Mashrou3i project) Hayfa Khalfaoui, emphasized the need to focus on opportunities rather than obstacles brought about by the COVID-19 crisis in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Tapping into new technologies in a smart and sustainable way can empower our society and hence advances inclusive and sustainable industrial development
In addition, UNIDO was represented during live sessions by Manuel Albaladejo, UNIDO Representative for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, who engaged with the virtual audience on current and future Industry 4.0 and circular economy trends. Narin Sok, UNIDO Country Representative for Cambodia provided insights on the UNIDO Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) in Cambodia and invited the business sector to further engage in public-private partnerships for the PCP implementation.
The collaboration between UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) in Beijing and Shanghai and its Chinese partners, such as SAP Greater China and the Minhang District during COVID-19 recovery was demonstrated in another live session. The urge for more advanced technologies building on digitalization, while ensuring business environment evaluation systems, was stressed. Also, ITPO Beijing’s planned global Smart Medicine Innovation and Industrial Cooperation Platform, developed as a response to COVID-19, was presented. The Platform will accelerate research and production as well as data sharing among public and private sector partners, among others.
Also, UNIDO congratulates Lise Kingo for her excellent leadership over the past years and welcomes Sanda Ojiambo as the new Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.
UNIDO will continue to add value to the work of the UN Global Compact, particularly in terms of the newly launched Action Platform and to advance the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development together with its Member States, the private sector and other partners in order to build a better future for all.
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