USCIB launched an initiative during the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly that focuses on three priorities identified by the UN President of the General Assembly: Solutions for Sustainability, Science, and Solidarity. The initiative is titled “Moving the Needle (MTN): Advancing our Common Agenda with Business”
In spite of the challenges, the imperative is here, the momentum is here and the private sector has the tools and partnerships to move the needle.
USCIB’s “Moving the Needle (MTN): Advancing our Common Agenda (OCA) with Business” initiative will be a series of three roundtables, all of which will contribute to a final “Moving the Needle Roadmaps for Results” report that will provide the foundation for elaborating options towards a more systematic engagement with business in targeted practical areas aligned with the theme of the 77th session of the UN General assembly.
MTN will explore how business expertise, action, and resources can be brought to the table, actively participating in accelerating SDG implementation, working with and through the multilateral system.
About MTN Roundtables
Looking to the SDG Summit taking place in 2023 and the Summit of the Future in 2024, MTN will leverage upcoming opportunities to bring together representatives of UN Missions and Agencies, as well as business leaders in a series of Roundtables to identify hands-on solutions. These solutions will deliver on the UN’s OCA proposals and advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Business sees the OCA as absolutely necessary in its holistic vision. It can animate systems thinking and doing on priority issues and opens the door to new avenues to bring private sector capability to the UN and the multisectoral system as a whole.
Click here to read a news story about the first MTN Roundtable.
MTN Roundtable 1: “Tracking Progress, Identifying Gaps”
MTN was launched on September 15 with an inaugural Roundtable focused on “Tracking Progress, Identifying Gaps.”
This first MTN Roundtable highlighted business innovation, initiatives and partnerships related to information, data and metrics relevant to accelerate the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and delivering on proposals laid out in the UN Secretary-General’s report, Our Common Agenda (OCA). USCIB member Microsoft generously hosted the event at Microsoft UN Affairs Offices located at One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York.
The main panel featured speakers from Deloitte, LinkedIn, Google and RELX who shared their perspective on practical private sector approaches that can fast track the SDGs to accomplish key OCA proposals.
USCIB and its members also reiterated its commitment to the UN by bringing business solutions into the multilateral system that can contribute to a better understanding of a stronger, more resilient, and effective United Nations for all.
High-level speakers included the new President of the UN General Assembly (PGA) H.E. Ambassador Csaba Korosi, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) H.E. Ambassador Lachezara Stoeva, as well as U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform H.E. Ambassador Chris Lu.
A summary report is now available! The report outlines some key takeaways from the first MTN Roundtable, focusing on UN leadership, opportunities for business engagement, and SDG related initiatives by USCIB members Deloitte, LinkedIn, Google, and RELX. We know we are off track in achieving the SDGs but combining private sector capabilities, building trust, and speaking out to a broader audience can make an impactful difference.
A “Moving the Needle Roadmaps for Results” report will draw from the three roundtables and will provide the foundation for elaborating options towards a more systematic engagement with business in targeted practical areas aligned with the theme of the 77th session of the UN General assembly: Solutions for Sustainability, Science and Solidarity.
About MTN White Paper
Based on the learnings outlined in the “Moving the Needle Roadmaps for Results,” USCIB will develop a white paper on “Business and the UN 2.0,” that will offer proposals on how to enhance private sector interfaces with the UN as integral to practical, networked and inclusive multilateralism.