Breakout session | Stage 3
Host: World Benchmarking Alliance
Actions of the private sector today have far-reaching impacts. A May 2020 UN High-Level Meeting on “Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond” made abundantly clear the urgency of accountable business involvement and systems change for the Decade of Action. Building on this opening, this interactive panel will explore partnership building that can help supercharge a race to the top across the business community; recognize gaps; bring constituencies together beyond rhetorical commitments; but also make the invisible visible through efforts like strengthened financial inclusion and monitoring global supply chains. Ultimately, it will aim to mobilize a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and change agents. This includes traditionally marginalized and vulnerable populations that are impacted most by actions of the privates sector; representatives from the private sector that have had limited or no previous engagement with the SDGs, governments that have been considering proper policy responses to COVID-19 (e.g. bailouts or new due diligence regulations); companies setting positive examples; the legal community, media and journalists that are seeking to understand the status of the 2030 Agenda; as well as representatives from civil society who are advancing the SDGs on the ground. If unconventional allies work to strengthen financing for development; position economies for sustainable investment; integrate new technologies; and maintain accountability not only can inequalities at the core of the challenge of the Decade of Action and COVID-19 be addressed, the international community will be more strongly positioned to navigate potential shocks in the future.
| Host: World Benchmarking Alliance |, Andia Chakava (New Faces New Voices), Arindom Datta (Rabobank), Giulia Corinaldi (Thomson Reuters Foundation), Mandeep S. Tiwana (CIVICUS), Pratik Desai (WBA), Raina Kadavil (Mastercard)