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New York, NY, September 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – UNITED NATIONS, New York, September 22, 2021 – Seven heads of state and government were joined by 34 CEOs, the UN Secretary-General and heads of 21 UN agencies and civil society organizations at this year’s Uniting Business LIVE. More than 7,000 people have registered to attend the three-day online event that took place during the high-level opening week of the 76th United Nations General Assembly. Together, they pledged to boost business ambition for climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as businesses seek to better recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am delighted that the new United Nations Global Compact strategy puts the goal of a green recovery at the forefront. It is about relaunching the ambition and action of companies in terms of sustainable development and credible climate action. You help lead the way. Sustainability isn’t just a moral imperative, it’s good business. Decarbonization is the greatest opportunity of our time, ”said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his opening speech.

Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, announced a new Africa Strategy 2021-2023 that aims to galvanize large and small businesses across Africa to uphold the principles of the Global Compact in order to operate in such a way as to at least assume its fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and the fight against corruption. By 2023, the United Nations Global Compact aims to reach a third of African companies with a turnover of more than 25 million dollars and to increase the number of SME members by 50%.

Sanda Ojiambo also announced that the United Nations Global Compact plans to improve its communication framework on progress in order to better support participating companies in their sustainable development efforts and to help them fully integrate the ten principles. The new reporting framework, due to be released next year, will establish a global repository of relevant and comparable data on business sustainability, which will be open and accessible to all and is a valuable asset to enhance business transparency and inform the work of the United Nations system. , governments, investors and civil society on the path to achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Dozens of CFOs who make up the UN Global Compact CFO working group have also pledged more than $ 500 billion over the next five years to achieve the SDGs. The CFO Taskforce also pledged to link nearly 50% of all corporate finance to sustainability performance, with plans to issue new sustainable finance instruments, including development bonds. sustainable.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg joined Sanda Ojiambo, other UN leaders, senior business executives, union leaders and government leaders to launch Ocean Stewardship Coalition, a global and cross-sectoral initiative that aims to tackle the double biodiversity crisis. and climate change by empowering the private sector to contribute to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and a net zero, resilient and equitable ocean economy. The Global Compact also called for key actions ahead of COP 26 based on the findings of its new report, Blueprint for a Climate-Smart Ocean to Meet 1.5 ° C.

The United Nations Global Compact and Accenture also published a Spotlight on Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion which revealed that SMEs are setting some of the most ambitious gender equality goals. A new UN LGBTIQ + Gap Analysis Tool has also been launched to help companies measure and improve their progress on inclusion in the workplace and beyond.

HE Mette Frederikesen, Prime Minister of Denmark; HE Commodore Josaia V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji; HE Angela Merkel, German Chancellor; HE Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; HE Erna Solberg, HE Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President of Nigeria; Prime Minister of Norway; HE Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain and SEMtefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, spoke at United Business LIVE. Kenyan afro-pop group Sauti Sol and Ghanaian reggae star Rocky Dawuni performed at the event.

All Uniting Business LIVE sessions can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

About the United Nations Global Compact

As a special initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call for companies around the world to align their operations and strategies with the ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor , the environment and the fight against corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and intensify the global collective impact of companies by respecting the Ten Principles and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through responsible companies and ecosystems that enable change.

With more than 13,000 companies and 3,000 non-commercial signatories based in more than 160 countries and 69 local networks, the United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. A Global Compact uniting businesses for a better world.

For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at unglobalcompact.org

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