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November 3, 2017
Launch of report: Business and SDG 16

Contributing to Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

As a follow-up to two critical reports by the SDG Fund’s Private Sector Advisory Group, the SDG Fund in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and with the support of McDermott Will & Emery LLP will release a new report entitled, “Business and Peace: How the Private Sector Can Contribute to SDG 16”?

SDG 16 serves as an integral cornerstone to the 17 SDGs designed to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

This report prepared by the SDG Fund with PSAG members, focuses on the role of the private sector in creating and sustaining momentum towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior previous reports identified opportunities for private sector engagement in the SDGs and examined the universality of the 2030 Agenda from a business perspective. 

The findings of the report will be presented on November 3rd (3.00 p.m - 5.00 pm) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in the ECOSOC Chamber. This event will gather business leaders, policy makers, UN agencies, Members States, NGOs, universities and other development practitioners interested in SDG 16 from a private sector perspective.

Watch report launch event at ECOSOC Chamber

The report will be presented on November 3rd (3.00 - 5.00 p.m) at the United Nations headquarters in New York (ECOSOC Chamber).

Speakers confirmed:

  • H.E. Maria Emma Mejia, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations
  • Ana María Menéndez, Senior Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Policy
  • Carla Mucavi, Director, FAO Liaison Office in New York
  • Sol Beatriz Arango, President, Servicios Nutresa, Vice President Sustainable Development, and General Director Fundación Nutresa
  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean for International Programs, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Paloma Duran, Director, SDG Fund

To gain a deeper understanding of the role of private sector participation in peace and justice related activities, this report offers a review of best practices gathered from the private sector. It includes the results of a series of candid conversations with private sector, governments and civil society representatives and the analysis of national case studies in the fight against corruption. The report highlights the important contribution of the private sector in building peaceful and inclusive societies and showcases how busines can play a catalytic role in achieving SDG 16. Moreover, it provides insights on the benefits and incentives for companies to internalize SDG 16 and to partner with governments and the UN to achieve this goal

The report also examines the private sector’s important economic role especially to suppress corruption and promote the rule of law. In addition, what is the role of business in creating enabling conditions for progress linked to areas that include corporate social responsibility, good governance and transparency in the achievement of more peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Attendants without UN badge must register in advance.

For more information: teresa.burelli [at]