LIMA – More than 300 businessmen from 14 countries began on Wednesday in Lima a series of discussions to reach agreement on how the Latin American private sector can contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations for 2030.
The businessmen are gathered at the 6th Global Compact Business Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean organized by the Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean along with the UN Global Compact and Peru’s National Confederation of Private Business Institutions, or Confiep.
Participating at the meeting are businessmen from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
At the forum’s inaugural ceremony, Confiep Vice President Esteban Chong said that the sustainable development objectives require a “strategic alliance among governments, the private sector, civil organizations and citizens,” adding that the “challenge of creating development through economic growth implies strengthening institutions.”
Also participating in the inaugural ceremony was the adjunct secretary of the International Employers Organization, Roberto Suarez, and the director general for Multilateral Affairs within Peru’s Foreign Ministry, Antonio Garcia Revilla.
Among those attending the assorted discussions at the meeting are Peruvian Environment Minister Elsa Galarza and the head of the UN Global Compact Network in Peru, Diego de la Torre.
The forum will feature discussions on different aspects of the private sector’s role in Agenda 2030, global trends in supply chains and future efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals, the aim of which is to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development and growth.
The international meeting is being held for the second time in Lima, after earlier gatherings in Mexico; Medellin, Colombia; Buenos Aires and Santiago.