Planning an event to raise awareness of and discuss private sector partnerships to help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals
Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta speaking at the Novartis Dialogue Event
BACKGROUND: The Novartis Sustainable Development Goals Dialogue Event was convened to raise awareness of and discuss partnerships between corporations and governmental agencies and NGOs to help achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030 that were adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.
CHALLENGES: Skilled project management for the Novartis conference was required to coordinate the diverse corporate divisions working on this project, and to contact multiple international organizations, academic institutions, government officials, UN Heads of Permanent Missions and media based in New York or planning to visit NY to attend the UN General Assembly.
EVENT PROGRAM: Following short presentations by a panel of experts, the panel and audience were invited to discuss lessons learned from the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 to reduce extreme poverty and how they could be applied to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 25-26, 2015.
The contributions that private sector players such as Novartis could make toward achieving the SDGs through cross-sector partnerships was also explored. In addition, Novartis Access, an initiative providing 15 key drugs to treat chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries for $1 a month per treatment was announced at the conference.