New York, 28 August 2015 – Businesses of all sizes and sectors are contributing to sustainable development the world over.  For the United Nations (UN), most UN entities are actively working with business to address a wide spectrum of issues from: health, food security, education, disaster risk reduction, decent work, tourism, renewable energy and climate change. There are various routes taken for collaboration from small rural businesses to start-ups, small and medium enterprises to large multinational corporations.  Collaboration can likewise be with single businesses through to broad value-based frameworks for action in the form of multi-stakeholder collective initiatives. Read More

New York, 27 August 2015 – Switching to renewable energy sources is a promising prospect for small island developing States (SIDS) as so many are heavily affected by the high and volatile prices of fossil fuels. Importantly, SIDS have set ambitious goals – under the 2012 Barbados Declaration for Sustainable Energy for All in SIDS – to boost energy efficiency and achieve – in some cases – 100% renewable energy use.  Samoa for instance announced in mid-2015 its goal to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2017. SIDS are amongst the most ardent voices on the impacts of climate change on islands and the world at large, and are leading the call for a rapid transition to renewable energy as an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through durable partnerships with all stakeholders, the transition from fossil fuels remains an achievable goal for these countries in a very short space of time. Read More

New York, 26 August 2015  The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action Pathway (SAMOA Pathway) recognises the increasingly important role of the private sector in achieving the sustainable economic development of SIDS including through cooperation and partnerships with inter-governmental and public sectors. Read More

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