Manama 2018

Private sector’s strategic partnership for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda

Sunday 11th February 2018 (09:00-14:30)
Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Host: Ahlia University Bahrain

Target audience: Private sector, business, SMEs, academics, researchers, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society groups, youth, students and other stakeholders

Focus: Global, Public-Private-Partnership, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

During the event, you will learn about United Nations JIU project entitled “United Nations -private sector partnership arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and the partnership between UN and the private sector. Local private sectors across the region will learn how to become engaged with the UN system and explore the opportunities to participate in the 16th International Conference of the World Association of Sustainable Development, co-organized and hosted by the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), Geneva, Palais de Nations, 10-12 April 2018.

PROGRAM more to be added

08:00-08:30   Arrival refreshment/Networking
09:00-10:30   Session One – Official opening and introduction to the UN PPPs and 2030 Agenda for SD
Chair: TBC

United Nations approach to PPP in the context of Agenda 2010 and WASD/UN international conference 2018
Allam Ahmed, Founding President WASD and Director MEKEI, UK
Promo Video

Investment promotion and PPPs in Higher Education
Abdulla Y. Al-Hawaj, Founding President and Chairman Board of Trustees, Ahlia University, Kingdom of Bahrain

10:30-11:00   Tea/Coffee Break/Networking
11:00-12:30   Session One – Leadership and Entrepreneurship Forum
Chair: TBC
Panel: TBC

Paragraph 67 of United Nations General Assembly resolution 70/1 recognizes the role of the private sector in development and calls upon its contribution: “Private business activity, investment and innovation are major drivers of productivity, inclusive economic growth and job creation. We acknowledge the diversity of the private sector, ranging from micro-enterprises to cooperatives to multinationals. We call upon all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to solving sustainable development challenges. We will foster a dynamic and well-functioning business sector, while protecting labour rights and environmental and health standards in accordance with relevant international standards and agreements and other ongoing initiatives in this regard […]”.

The need for partnerships is recognized in Sustainable Development Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. This implies more qualitative and quantitative engagement of the private sector in the implementation  of the 2030 Agenda, an enhanced impact of the United Nations values and objectives, in particular related to sustainability, on the business models of private companies, advances in the engagement of businesses from corporate social responsibility to direct contributions to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, or expansion of for-profit actors’ activities in areas which were usually addressed by public entities.

Ahlia University Bahrain
World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD)
United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU)
Centre for Islamic Finance Law and Communities (CIFLAC), University of East London, UK

Venue: Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Registration: By invitation ONLY.

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