Representatives from different countries attended dialogues with businesses and industrial groups for sustainable development at UN headquarters on March 26.
The event, co-organised by the Permanent Missions of Vietnam, the Netherlands, Benin and Barbados to the UN and the Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD), is part of activities to prepare for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20-22, 2012.
Representatives from the UN and the BASD highlighted the business community’s efforts in the implementation of development programmes at national and international levels, especially opinions contributed by more than 6,000 businesses to the preparation of the agenda and draft document for Rio+20 conference.
Participants also focused on issues related to green development, the application of information technology, the building of government policies for businesses, the legal system for green development and the UN’s role in devising policies and delegating more rights to women.
The Vietnamese ambassador, who is Head of the Vietnam Permanent Mission to the UN, Le Hoai Trung, spoke of the establishment of the Vietnam Business Council and the Vietnamese government’s efforts to get the private sector involved in the sustainable development of the national economy as well as farmers’ contributions to improving food security.
The Vietnam mission to the UN said it will continue to have further dialogues with the private sector to promote public-private partnership in the implementation of sustainable development goals.