New York, 28 April 2017 – This month has seen a renewed focus on the private sector’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On April 5th, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) hosted a Global Forum on Development in Paris with the expressed purpose to “optimise the private sector’s role in advancing sustainable development”. The United Nations (UN) facilitated a one-day SDG Financing Lab at its headquarters in New York on April 18th; one aim of the Lab was to increase awareness of “the significant business opportunities provided by the SDGs”. Most recently, on April 20th, at the World Bank Group (WBG) Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, a session on Implementing The 2030 Agenda called on the WBG “to scale up its financing mobilisation efforts from both public and private sources”. Read More

New York, 21 April 2017 – IUCN Oceania’s Energy, Ecosystems and Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative (EESLI) has been funding renewable energy and energy efficiency development in 14 Pacific Island Countries through a multilateral agreement with the Governments of Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain since 2008. The Energy Small Grants Programme will provide funding of up to US$20,000 for renewable energy & energy efficiency based projects in any of the participating countries, which currently include Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Read More

New York, 2 February 2017 – For private sector interested in attending or learning more about The Ocean Conference, the Global Compact will be conducting a webinar on March 8th, 2017 at 10AM EST entitled: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources: Business Advancing the Implementation of SDG 14. The webinar will provide participants with an update on the process leading to The Ocean Conference and will highlight opportunities for private sector stakeholders to participate and contribute to this global effort for the implementation of SDG 14.  For more information and to register for the webinar, click here. Read More

New York, 17 February 2017 – The Common Fund For Commodities (CFC) is inviting applications for support of commodity development activities in its member countries*. All interested parties are kindly invited to submit qualifying proposals no later than April 30th, 2017. Read More

New York, 2 February 2017 – Article by Diego Acevedo, Co-Founder, Bluerise

Due to their small scale, most tropical islands suffer from high energy costs related to the import of liquid fuels, such as diesel or heavy fuel oil.  With conventional electricity costs often ranging well above 20 to 50 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour, these countries would benefit from the more rapid implementation of sustainable energy alternatives. Read More

New York, 26 January 2017 – The United Nations is set to convene the The Ocean Conference from June 5th-9th 2017 to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference, to be held at UN headquarters in New York, is seen as a breakthrough for global commitment to reverse the decline in the health of the ocean with a strong focus on solutions and effective engagement by all stakeholders. Read More

New York, 22 September 2016 – Small island leaders met with partners from the private sector, civil society and United Nations in New York this week to discuss the eradication of plastic pollution from the ocean and formulate an alliance to avoid, intercept and redesign plastics. Read More

New York, 8 June 2016 – At a special event marking World Oceans Day 2016 with the arrival of the Hōkūleʻa voyaging canoe in New York, Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and Mr. Cyrill Gutsch, Founder of Parley for the Oceans announced collaboration between the two organisations with a special invitation to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to rally together to adopt the Parley A.I.R. Strategy (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign) and join the movement to eradicate one of the biggest threats to the marine ecosystem: plastic pollution and set a tone of unity and action towards The Ocean Conference to be held at UN Headquarters in New York. Read More

New York, 22 March 2016 – A global business network for small island developing states was launched on March 22nd, 2016 at a public private partnerships event (P3a) in Aruba. The network, an initiative of the UN Office for the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UNOHRLLS), will link up Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by connecting the SIDS private sector, global business and other national and international stakeholders. Read More

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New York, 12 February 2017 – Sylvie and Kitiona Salanoa, owners of natural skincare brand Mailelani Samoa, have always nurtured a dream to showcase the beauty, tranquility and lush lifestyle of their homeland Samoa, and of the islands. They need not look further than their compound, as staring them in the face as they lounged in their veranda was the ever hardy, resourceful coconut tree!

They vowed that they wanted to develop a business that was not simply about making money. Their shared vision was to boost the local economy, by getting villagers to participate and benefit from active enterprise and showcasing the results from locally produced products using home grown resources. Read More

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