High Level Meeting at UN on PPP & SDG16
A High level meeting on the role of Public-Private Partnerships and Culture as a tool for implementing the SDG-16 was held on October 13, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Nations Headquarters in Conference Room E co-organized by the Permanent Mission of El Salvador and the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations, as well as the World Organization of Governance & Competitiveness (WOGC) and Saint Peter's University.
This event was attended by Ambassadors, UN Officials, Representatives of the private sector and academia, as well as civil society organizations.
The Permanent Representative of El Salvador, Amb. Ruben Zamora welcomed this initiative and recognized the important contributions of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the implementation of the new Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development. Amb. Zamora highlighted the role of government in provide people a platform where citizens are able to realize their rights, as well as the contributions made by private sector in generate income and wealth. The intertwines of both sectors, governments and private sector are fundamental to progress in any society.
The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, Amb. Masud Bin Momen welcomed this initiative and highlighted the importance of the SDG's as the new frontier in the sustainable development. Likewise, recognized the need to ensure no one is left behind. On the other hand, recognized the importance of Public-Private Partnership for implementing SDG's. Amb. Momen also highlighted the importance of ICT in promoting a long term vision for development and economic growth in developing countries, inter alia, by promoting South-South Cooperation.
The Senior Global Director UNFPA South-South Cooperation Project, Marcela Suazo, highlighted competitiveness in relation to education, employment, strengthening social network in social development and the importance of Public-Private Partnerships. Mrs. Suazo presented several statistics that showed how important is to emphasize on quality education. Employment for development was also mentioned as an area that demographic dividend can contribute to empower youth and provide society with better skill professionals and workers. ICT was mentioned also as an important driver for development together with social networks.
The Mayor of Panchimalco, El Salvador, Mario Portillo Melendez. The Director Office for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity of Saint Peter's University, Dr. Marilu Marcillo. The Executive Director of FEPADE, Licda. Eugenia Castrillo. The President of the Families of the Missing, Jane Durgom Powers. The President of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, American Chapter, Dr. Bernard Fialkoff. The President of Maya Foundation, Dr. Caesar Campos attended meeting and gave excellent speech.