The Role of the Private Sector in Global Sustainable Development: The UN 2030 Agenda
Approved by the UN General Assembly on 25th September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, explicitly invoking the need for joint action among the institutional and business spheres along with civil society, challenge the business world to review its strategic and operational decisions in order to seize the opportunities that can result from a concrete commitment to the promotion of a new development model based on the paradigms of economic, social and environmental sustainability. Business leaders have declared that they are ready to accept the mandate to act as global development actors and have already started to work on this direction. Nevertheless, in order to succeed, several extremely important challenges have to be faced. In this chapter, we explore the role of the private sector in shaping the 2030 Agenda, focusing on challenges and opportunities for business in playing its role of development actor.
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