The Role of Trade in the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda

The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) and the Green Economies Dialogue initiative (GED) will host a Working Session during the 2014 WTO Public Forum:

The Role of Trade in the Post 2015 Development Agenda: Greening Growth and Disseminating Solutions – A Green Economies Dialogue Initiative Discussion.” The theme of the 2014 WTO Public Forum is “How Trade Benefits Everyone.”  The ambition of the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda is to enhance and integrate economic, development and environment considerations while broadening benefits to all through inclusive growth and shared prosperity.   Trade is a powerful vehicle to advance this.

Confirmed speakers include:

-          Christopher Wilson, deputy chief of mission, U.S. Mission to the WTO

-          Steven Stone, head, Economics and Trade Division, U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP)

-          Brian Fisher, managing director, BAEconomics Pty Ltd

The USCIB/GED Working Session will:

-          present perspectives relevant to trade as a vehicle for technological innovation and its dissemination, global value chains, job creation and environmental solutions, as they relate to the formulation of the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda over the next year and half.

-          highlight the benefits and contributions multilateral trade systems and approaches deliver via trade in developed and developing countries, especially through private sector technology and expertise on environmental challenges such as climate change.


Update: July 21, 2014: Final Version of UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) document on SDG’s finalized

  • 13th and final session of the UN OWG process concluded on Saturday, June 19th
  • Final version of the document contains 17 goals and 170 targets
  • The OWG Co-Chairs will submit their report for consideration to the UN General Assembly this September,  which will launch intergovernmental negotiations on the entire Post 2015 Development Agenda.  The intergovernmental negotiations will culminate in a summit at the level of Heads of State and Government in September 2015 to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including SDGs.

update: june 20, 2014:

Please see below for interventions that were made on behalf of the Global Business Alliance for 2015 for Business & Industry at this week’s meeting of the U.N. Open Ended Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG SDGs).

Business & Industry Intervention: Promote Sustainable Industrialization, by Tom Jacob, American Chemistry Council

Business & Industry Intervention: Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production, by Tom Jacob, American Chemistry Council



Update: February 4, 2014: United states Council for International Business (USCIB) Delivers Business Recommendations on sdg’s

In a January 31 paper, USCIB identified four broad prerequisites and catalysts for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The paper sets out USCIB’s view that the SDGs and broader UN Post-2015 Development Agenda are vital to improving the UN’s contributions to development and sustainability. The USCIB SDG Recommendations also call for substantive engagement opportunities for representative business organizations to participate in and inform the UN SDG deliberations.

The USCIB SDG Recommendations focus on:

  • Good Governance
  • Economic Growth and Economic Empowerment
  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure

The paper highlights 10 issues that merit particular attention in the SDGs, with many elements in common with those set out in the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. USCIB developed these Recommendations via its SDG Working Group chaired by Brian Lowry (Monsanto) and Tam Nguyen (Bechtel).

“The U.S. business community has a strong stake in meaningful and practical SDGs,” said Norine Kennedy, USCIB’s Vice President for Strategic International Engagement. “National implementation and the right conditions in-country are the foundations on which a UN new paradigm for international development should be based. The SDGs will be successfully put into practice in those countries that have institutions and practices in place, and involve their private sector in meaningful ways.”

USCIB, working with the Global Business Alliance for Post-2015 Development, will continue to weigh in at UN meetings to frame the SDGs, and in the High-Level Political Forum that will be held in New York this July. The SDGs are slated to be completed and delivered to the UN General Assembly for approval in 2015.