International Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Sunil Bharti Mittal has underscored the Chamber’s commitment to use its newly granted status in the UN system to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In a meeting today with the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, the ICC Chairman committed to deploy fully the resources, expertise and knowledge of world business in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mittal highlighted the importance of rules-based policy making to enable trade, innovation and job-creation in the context of the SDGs.
The SDGs are the most ambitious development agenda ever agreed at the international level—and it is widely recognised that their successful implementation will hinge on widespread business action.
Secretary General Guterres welcomed ICC’s commitment to the SDGs and noted that partnerships with the private sector would be vital to address major global challenges from as climate change to mass-migration, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The meeting also discussed challenges posed by growing populism and anti-globalisation sentiment.
The meeting was part of the ICC Chairman’s mission to New York where he is meeting with senior UN officials and national ambassadors.
Mr Mittal had taken over as the Chairman of the ICC, one of the world’s oldest and most respected global business organisations in June 2016. He is only the third Indian business leader to hold this prestigious position in ICC’s near -100 year history.
The International Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization with a network of over 6.5 million members in more than 130 countries.
The historic decision to grant ICC Observer Status at the UN General Assembly was taken last December.