UN Global Compact will convene Africa’s private sector on 3 December to discuss achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for a better Africa
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed will address African Business, Government and Civil Society leaders during the summit
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, December 3, 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The United Nations Global Compact has announced a collaboration with the African Media Agency (AMA) ahead of its upcoming virtual summit, Making Global Goals Local Business-Africa. Through this partnership, AMA will mobilize its network to ensure the private sector of the continent can take part in achieving the SDGs for a better Africa.
Making Global Goals Local Business – Africa will be convened on 3 December by the UN Global Compact in collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Tanzania, Morocco, plus the Indian Ocean and Mauritius Regional Network.
The one-day online event is themed “Uniting Business for the Africa We Want: Decade of Action and Opportunities” and expected to attract dozens of journalists and more than 2,000 attendees, mainly from the private sector. Tickets are complimentary but registration is required.
“Opportunities abound in Africa, particularly for investment, partnership and growth of local businesses,” explained Eloïne Barry, Founder and CEO, African Media Agency. “But it is crucial that the private sector in Africa joins the journey to meeting the SDGs. We need to see more commitment and action from businesses as they play an important role,” she added.
This partnership forms part of the UN Global Compact’s mandate to support the global business community in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and values through responsible corporate practices. AMA will, therefore, be playing a very vital role as a trusted and authoritative source of news on a pan-African scale.
“We’re pleased to partner with AMA to project locally-relevant information that is mindful of Africa’s unique business landscape. This will help in ensuring that we deliver meaningful impact,” said Dan Thomas, Chief of Communications and Strategic Events at the UN Global Compact.
The forum will evaluate actions, and learn from compelling evidence across the continent, presented by many of the most inspiring leaders, including the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. Other notable African executives in attendance include Vice President (Supply Chain), Unilever West Africa; Jane Karuku, CEO, EABL (Kenya); Brahim Benjelloun, Executive Director, Bank of Africa Group BMCE (Morocco).
Marking the 20th anniversary of the UN Global Compact, which was founded by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the event will feature top African executives, including Celestin Mukeba, CEO, Equity Bank Congo (DRC); Phyllis Wakiaga, CEO, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (Kenya); Siddarth Ramaswamy, Vice President (Supply Chain), Unilever West Africa; Jane Karuku, CEO, EABL (Kenya), Brahim Benjelloun, Executive Director, Bank of Africa Group BMCE (Morocco); Prosper Burnson, Executive Director, Green Carbon (Ghana); Richard Rushton, CEO, Distell (South Africa); Samuel Kimeu, Member of the Board, Africa Union Advisory Board Against Corruption; Bernard Muselet, CEO, Credit du Maroc (Morocco); Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact, and many more.
Sessions will explore many of the key issues African countries are confronting head-on to achieve progress to develop sustainably in the coming years, including the impact of COVID-19. For example, the African Decade of Action session will put the business community’s challenge in the context of reaching the SDGs by 2030, the target deadline for the Global Goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, improving health and wellbeing, clean water and sanitation, and industry, innovation, and infrastructure. The Youth and Innovation session will feature entrepreneurs and graduate students. Breakout sessions featuring business leaders like Ms. Karuku from EABL and Mr Muselet of Crédit du Maroc will tackle Climate Action: Anniversary of the Paris Agreement and the Role of Business, Gender Equality, and Water Resilience.
For registration, list of speakers and the full agenda click here.
Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of AMA & UNGC.
About the UN Global Compact
As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the mandate of the UN Global Compact is to guide and support the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 10,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 69 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world. It is also organized in collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Morocco, Making Global Goals Local Business.
About African Media Agency (AMA)
African Media Agency specializes in helping companies grow their share of voice on a pan-African scale. Our deep knowledge and understanding of the continent helped us gain recognition and act as an authoritative source of news for the most influential media houses in every African country.
Our offices are located in New York (USA), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) and Kampala (Uganda). We have local presence in Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya), Lagos (Nigeria), Dakar (Senegal), Casablanca (Morocco) and Cairo (Egypt). Our team has over 15 years of experience across the Communications spectrum on a pan-African scale. We intimately understand the diversified and often complex business environment in each African country and guide our clients with best practice on every step of their African journey.