Businesses represented directly for the first time in the history of United Nations’ General Assembly
Bucharest, December 14th, 2016: The International Chamber of Commerce – ICC Secretary General, John Danilovich, has sent to the National Committee ICC Romania a letter of gratitude for the support granted during the campaign developed to obtain the Observer Status by the United Nations’ General Assembly.
Granting Observer Status to ICC is considered by the ISS leadership a historic achievement, a huge recognition of the role that businesses can play in building a better, peaceful world.
“Granting Observer Status to ICC sends a powerful signal that the UN recognizes business as a vital partner”, said Sunil Bharti Mittal, ICC Chairman.
The decision was taken today by the 193 members of the UN General Assembly during its on-going 71st session in New York.
ICC is the only organization of the private sector that has been officially granted Observer Status at the General Assembly in the whole history of United Nations, considering that the selection criteria are extremely strict. The list of UN observers is highly restricted and features principally intergovernmental organisations.
Obtaining Observer Status will—for the first time—represent directly business in the highest international forum and provide a direct voice in the UN system to promote policies that foster sustainable & inclusive growth, job creation and economic cooperation.
The private sector has increasing chances to achieve the objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda,that place an unprecedented focus on the private sector to drive sustainable development; and fight growing populist and protectionist forces within the global economy.
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