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Elevating Health at the United Nations Global Compact

By Derek Yach– Jun 23 2016

This post was coauthored by Derek Yach & Gillian Christie, Vitality

 

Ten years following the Earth Summit (1992) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002) in Johannesburg, South Africa was an opportunity to elevate health on the environmental and development agendas. The newly launchedSustainable Development Goals (SDGs) build upon outputs from Brazil and South Africa to position humans at the center of sustainable development by valuing health as an input and an outcome of sustainable societies.

 

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is uniquely positioned to translate the SDGs into action. Partnerships with 8,600 businesses and 4,000 non-businesses from 160 countries advance responsible and sustainable business practices through ten principles, focused on human rights, labor standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. It’s recently appointed Executive Director, Lise Kingo, brings extensive business expertise, along with a deep desire to improve the health of global populations.

 

The UNGC’s Global Opportunities Report 2016 indicates that SDG8 (decent work & economic growth) and SDG3 (good health & well-being) rank highest in a global survey of 5,500 private and public sector leaders on the impact of the SDGs on sustainable development and new business opportunities.

 

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