The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) joined a meeting with the UN Global Compact Board and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Champions Group and ambassadors in New York on July 2 to discuss the historic opportunity business has to shape and advance the post-2015 development agenda.
The luncheon was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and nearly 150 participants, including 30 ambassadors. Representatives highlighted a growing recognition by the UN and Member States that responsible business and investors are committed to advancing UN issues and are critical partners in the creation of sustainable development goals.
“Our world’s toughest challenges demand solutions that involve business. No sector alone can slow climate change or reverse biodiversity losses. No single entity can end corruption, poverty and violence, or promote equality, especially for women,” said Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General. “Success depends on Governments, companies, investors, educators, activists and citizens. Together, we can foster peace and security, protect human rights and achieve sustainable development.”
The Secretary-General thanked dedicated companies for “striving to reach greater sustainability performance,” and pointed to a new white paper as an indication that “the pieces are in place to orient business and markets everywhere towards greater sustainability for the post-2015 era.”