The Global Forum Webinar Series will serve the Forum as early peer-learning exercises to further develop members’ capacity to more effectively engage with each other, learn from each other, identify SDG actions that they can realistically engage in, and increase individual capacities to identify the correct actors in their national governments and a broader range of relevant stakeholders in their respective countries to accelerate SDGs delivery.

The webinars will also offer an opportunity to reach a wider audience by including additional colleagues and staff members from Global Forum member and affiliate organizations, answer participant’s questions in real-time, and recorded sessions will become part of the Global Forum knowledge achieve.

Global Forum Webinar 1: Engaging the Private Sector in the 2030 Agenda and Delivery of the SDGs

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM New York time.

Download the presentations here (PDF)

Please note that the ‘No future without sustainable development – no future without business’ presentation by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes cannot be shared until a copyright matter is resolved.

Watch the full webinar on YouTube

There remain significant challenges to meaningfully engage the private sector in the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. While some countries practice sustainability because social and environmental stewardship is a part of their ‘cultural-DNA,’ others regard the concept with suspicion. As it relates to the SDGs, this could be due in part to a lack of understanding of the strong interlinkages between the Goals. Another could be historical mistrust between the private sector and government, the private sector and stakeholders (in particular civil society stakeholders), and government and stakeholders. But a joint roadmap for processes that can deliver the 2030 Agenda requires a whole-of-society approach.

Yet some effective private sector engagement initiatives do exist, some well-known and some less so but equally effective in their own right. The aim of the webinar is to encourage Global Forum members to share their successful – and perhaps not so successful – initiatives as multi-stakeholder bodies as bridges between the private and public sectors. We are hoping that this will include the methods they have used to become the creators of trusted spaces for joint action within society, and examples of how to constructively support government actors in their efforts to deliver national sustainable development goals.

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