Partnerships for Principals and the UN SDGs Inclusion Visit of the Regional Director of Global Compact

4 February 2019 (Monday)

Good Morning distinguished guests, the Regional Director of UN Global Compact Ms. Nkiruka Chiemelu, eminent colleagues from the business sector and friends. On behalf of UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Selva Ramachandran and senior management, I would like to thank you for inviting UNDP in this workshop as well as appreciate the Sudan Global Compact team on continued organization of these forums. For UNDP, these forums have been instrumental platforms to discuss partnerships, advocate, deliberate on not only about related development issues but also understand the greater role and contributions of your community to the Sustainable Development Goals in Sudan. Especially given current testing times in the global south and locally, there is a need for multi stakeholder approaches where public, private, govt. and UN must work together to support stabilization and development. Success cases from other global south countries are testimonies to the impact of such innovative multi stakeholder engagements that have yielded meaningful and sustainable growth of the country. Hence in that sense, cooperation from each party is essential, keeping SDGs at the core of the process.
Quoting my PR, I will say UNDP is a development agency that strives towards ensuring the wellbeing of people and planet. Our corporate vision statement clearly iterates UNDP’s role to help countries achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shocks.

Global Approach

Our current corporate strategy makes it clear that UNDP serves as a catalyst and facilitator of support from the United Nations System working in partnership with Governments, civil society and the private sector to seek areas of collaborative advantage to attain positive multiplier effects across the Sustainable Development Goals. And this is being realized in the new generation UNDP business models through the deployment of country support platforms such as the Country Investment Facility, Accelerator Innovation Labs that have awarded Cos that have put private sector engagement at the heart of the development project strategy.
Amongst others, we are willing to be a catalytic partner that helps Government to create a better enabling environment for private sector operations by testing new business models, new financing policy, research, advocacy and how public-private alliances can provide large-scale solutions towards achieving the SDGs.
Country Approach
From the SDGs perspective, in Sudan, we have supported the national SDGs implementation efforts through technical missions to identify SDG accelerators, capacity building and technical support of the National Population Council – the coordinating body of Government of Sudan for SDG and thereby in preparing the Voluntary National Report for Sudan in 2018, which was presented in the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the UN Economic and social Council.
Under UNDP’s country programme framework in Sudan, we are making direct contribution to the SDGs – 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 16 and 17 through programmes on community stabilization, livelihoods building, improving value chains, promoting renewable energy systems, providing microfinance to the poor, innovation for measuring development progress, youth entrepreneurship and leadership amongst others. Our programmes largely focus on building capacities of both individuals and institutions, investing on building social physical, environmental and human assets and introducing alternative strategies and activities in cross cutting sectors to build resilience of the vulnerable.
Some key results from 2018:
* 600,000+ vulnerable people reached through various livelihoods interventions ~35% FEMALE.
* Over 53 social and community infrastructures built (irrigation canal, nurseries, women centres, road, water supply etc.)
* In 2015 – 2018 net annual income increased by 256% for Darfur value chain project beneficiaries.
* Community-based-micro-enterprise development provided to 269 Village Associations totaling 6,431 members, 1,734 projects where new ideas were availed with microfinance.
* National Photovoltaic Fund being established
And in all the above results, private sector role is increasingly becoming important as it forms an integral part of the economic and social stability of the country from micro to macro level. These results are yielded through our experience and wealth of knowledge on livelihoods for the vulnerable in crisis, post crisis and recovery settings, collected over 50 years, based on success stories and lessons learned from over 170 countries and territories.
Looking Forward:
In The past, int. oggs and govt had relatively well-defined roles in development and sustainability agenda, in the last couple of years, Private sector is touted to take on a broader, more integrated role in the development agenda,. In UNDP’s perspective at this stage there are three clear roles for the industrialized as well as medium level private sector in Sudan to partner for the SDGs:
1. Promote inclusive business: Beyond the focus of consumers, by creating opportunities for grassroots level population through projects that make the most of natural and human resources in under-served areas that creates diverse job opportunities, builds inclusive supply chain.
2. Foster private sector innovations and incubation: Private Sector can help solve development challenges through their innovation, research and know-how with sustainable, inclusive and equitable outcomes.
3. Value chains improvement in emerging accelerating sectors targeting the needs of the bottom of the pyramid population.
In that sense, UNDP’s approach with private sector in Sudan can be classified in three tiers. Starting at the bottom level, specific tailor-made partnerships in our current development efforts at community level, which include provision of better access to market, access to microfinance, building value chains and social infrastructures etc. The medium level support would be through business incubation, youth led social innovation and entrepreneurship, advocacy support with civil society. At the highest level, to name a few, UNDP can play its convening role to bring together diverse stakeholders to address policy issues at macro level that are poking the economic stability of the country, can conduct analytical stuies on key areas of concern (urban poverty) or testing innovative solutions that promote digital economy.
But this is not enough. These are but small drops in an ocean. From a longer term sustainability perspective – stable societies and markets is crucial. Business and economy cannot succeed in unstable societies that have high risk of failure.
Investment from SDGs perspective, supports pillars of business success and consequently economic stability. For this to happen, the existence of rules-based markets, transparent financial systems, and well-governed institution are essential.
To conclude, UNDP’s proposition is for the UN, the private sector, governments, civil society and also academia partner to test and apply new models of multi stakeholder engagement founded under the SDGs framework and create not only win-win, sustainable and scalable solutions but a healthy economic climate for all stakeholders to work towards achieving the sustainable development targets of the country. THANK YOU

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