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CSR/Sustainability and the United Nations: New Dimensions I

As the United Nations reaches the end of its MDG target in 2015, it is looking for new dimensions.  What should these be?  Some of us think that they should start looking at CSR/Sustainability issues in greater detail.  Thoughts?

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  • PE

    And from my POV it would be great to get some insight on how programs are implemented, in practice... Ie. for instance what are the necessary measures for countries or private companies before "aid" is granted...? In some cases some info is permeating which would indicate that:
    1- Aid programs sometimes spend a significant part of their budget for their own expenses... Losing focus/efficiency (how much is actually usefully spent?)
    2- Financial "help" often comes at a cost of "forced liberalization", sometimes at the expense of citizens... (and are there any CSR regulations in this?)(what is the counterpart / loss of independence for some countries...)
    3- Are there any provisions for CSR in the WTO framework?
    So before a good discussion can take place on how exactly various supranational organizations (UN, WTO, IMF) are coordinated/aligned (if they are), perhaps a crash course on what they do may be useful? (would be for me) ;)

    March 27, 2014

  • Andrea H.

    While the group was small, the discussion was fruitful and down to the point: How will all those good plans be implemented? What is the power of the UN? And how engages the UN with important economic institutions like the WTO and the IMF who still seem to run their own agenda?

    March 27, 2014

  • Andrea H.

    As public aid is drying up, the UN is aiming at making the private sector work on implementing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. How will this work: "Meanwhile private capital already forms the biggest pool of global investment, and will undoubtedly continue to do so, already at a level
    of roughly US $ 18 trillionper year. For post -
    2015, one key priority is to ensure that private investment is of the appropriate scale, form, and
    orientation to ensure goals for sustainable development are met. Private actors respond to
    incentives, so public policies are required to reduce risk, increase investor return, and strengthen regulatory environments in areas where increased private investment is desired."

    March 26, 2014

  • Michael H.

    In the light of this discussion you may be interested In:As you know, the United Nations touches a substantial proportion of the global population as beneficiaries, contributors, and employees. Every two years the Ralph Bunche Institute’s Future UN / FUNDS project and Dalberg Research undertake a global survey of the UN’s contribution to development.

    We have received over 3200 responses and would like to thank those who took time to respond to the 2014 Global Survey. The Survey will close soon on March 15, 2014 and we invite others to take part in this survey on the future of the United Nations development system. We will be sharing the findings with all the respondents. You will find below the link to the questionnaire (in several languages). The questionnaire takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.


    March 14, 2014

  • Michael H.

    What directions do you think the UN and its agencies should take after 2015?

    January 29, 2014

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