Companies can aid humanitarian action, says UN Global Compact at the World Humanitarian Summit

Author: Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact, Published on: 12 June 2016

"Executive Update: Our Shared Humanity," 24 May 2016

…[M]ore than six thousand people…have come together for the…World Humanitarian Summit…With…more refugees in the world today than we have seen since the 1940s- the magnitude of the challenges we face can feel overwhelming…Companies will be critical partners in translating the outcomes of the Summit into meaningful change. At a Business Breakfast…[o]ver 100 senior business leaders met to discuss core business innovation, partnerships, and collective action to advance the Agenda for Humanity. As Deputy Secretary Jan Eliasson noted…we need to shift our focus from responding to conflict to investing in prevention. Prevention is the greatest necessity, and it is also where business can play a tremendous role…Over breakfast, we heard many inspiring examples from companies already demonstrating great leadership…We know that we cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without strengthening global peace and security…UN Global Compact is committed to ensuring business understands the importance of investing in humanitarian action as a way to secure progress on the SDGs…

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