United Nations and the GSSCPD convenes roundtable discussion on the private sector and the SDGs

Oct 20, 2016

On 20 October, the United Nations and the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development convened a roundtable discussion at the Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Building United Nations House on the role of the private sector as a partner in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through the national development plan.

In welcoming the participants to United Nations House, Ms. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, United Nations Resident Coordinator, highlighted the critical importance of the private sector as a partner in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She noted that the SDGs were formulated after an extensive global consultation process including the private sector and highlighted that, of the 169 targets set for achievement of the SDGs, around half require the direct participation of the private sector for success. The roundtable was addressed by Dr. Khaled Mahdi, Secretary General of the Secretariat General of the Supreme Council for Planning & Development (SGSCPD), who outlined the key aims of the Kuwait National Development Plan to achieve His Highness the Amir’s State Vision: Kuwait 2035, and how the private sector can engage with the  public sector to support its implementation.

Mr. Marcos Neto, Director of the Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development, gave an overview of the role of the private sector as a partner in sustainable development and noted the many opportunities for the private sector to contribute to and benefit from the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Representatives of Kuwaiti private sector entities who are already active in the areas of sustainability and corporate social responsibility participated in the roundtable and shared their experiences in contributing to sustainable development. The participants identified areas where further support by the government could facilitate closer partnership on implementation of the SDGs. 

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