The Business Role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

  • Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014
  • Introductory Remarks:

    John Podesta
    White House Counselor; and Member, U.N. Secretary-General's High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda


    Daniella Ballou-Aares
    Senior Adviser, Development, U.S. Department of State

    Norine Kennedy
    Vice President, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environment, U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)

    Georg Kell
    Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

    Tam Nguyen

    Global Head of Sustainability, Bechtel Corporation; and
    Co-Chair, Corporate Responsibility Committee, USCIB

    Ann Condon

    Director, Resource and Environmental Strategies,
    GE Corporate Environmental Programs; and Chair, Environment Committee, USCIB

    Moderated by:

    Daniel F. Runde
    Codirector, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development and
    William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, CSIS

    In 2000, all 189 UN member states agreed to create a partnership for global development by committing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The eight MDGs span the sectors of health, education, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. Significant progress has been made on a number of goals, while others remain unattainable before 2015. It is clear that the goals succeeded in mobilizing support for global development, but the chosen indicators may have overlooked key factors that lead to broad-based economic growth, particularly improving governance and involvement of the private sector. Over the next year, the UN will negotiate the goals that will replace the MDGs and guide the international community's future development efforts.

    Please join us for a panel discussion on the role of business and the private sector in shaping and achieving the post-2015 global development agenda. Panelists will discuss the need for the next round of goals to focus on improving the business environment and enabling conditions for economic growth, particularly by incorporating the leadership of the private sector to create jobs and foster economic stability.

    This event is part of CSIS’s ongoing “Chevron Forum on Development” series, which seeks to highlight the private sector's role in global development.

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