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ICC Secretary General John Danilovich at the UN interactive dialogue on global partnerships for realizing the post-2015 development agenda during the United Nations SDG Summit, 27 September 2015.

ICC Secretary General John Danilovich at the UN interactive dialogue on global partnerships for realizing the post-2015 development agenda during the United Nations SDG Summit, 27 September 2015.

Your excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

The international business community fully recognizes that the SDGs provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure a brighter, safer and more prosperous future for all.

We all – as global citizens – have an interest in making the SDGs an unprecedented and unmitigated success.

That’s why it is so vital that we forge a new partnership between government, business and society to deliver on the promise of the new goals.

The inclusive consultation process that led to the development of the SDGs shows what we can achieve when we work together, as does the “Global Goals” campaign being run around this week’s Summit.

The challenge is now to transmit that momentum … and that spirit of collaboration into the process of implementing the SDGs.

The theme of partnerships is a diverse one… and given the time available today, I want to touch on two key themes.

The first is the need for a new partnership for inclusive growth, which, we believe, must start with a concerted effort to enable trade for the world’s poorest.

In this context, we call on the international community in the spirit of the new goals to commit three immediate actions:

One: to ratify and implement the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Two: to conclude the Doha Round of trade talks by the end of the year

And three: to take urgent actions to ease the flow of trade finance to SMEs in developing markets.

These measures, taken together, would provide a unique platform for opportunity, jobs and growth the world over.

The second angle I would like to emphasize is the need for enhanced public-private partnernships: at global, national and local levels.

We have an early opportunity to deliver on this new vision for collaboration between governments and business at the landmark Paris Climate Conference, COP21, this December.

That’s why we respectfully call on governments to establish a recognized role for business under a future global climate regime.

To ensure that governments can fully tap the expertise, experience and resources of the business community to speed emissions reductions to build climate resilience.

The global business community and the International Chamber of Commerce is ready to act to deliver on the promise of the new goals.

Working together we can and will deliver a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

Thank you.