About Us

Background

The “NGO Committee on Private Sector Development” (UN, New York) is formed as a growing consensus-based coalition of NGOs having consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and of business organizations-affiliates having a vested interest in international development and security.

The NGO Committee on Private Sector Development shall be recognized as a successor of the retired NGO Committee on Africa to become a substantive committee of the Conference of NGOs (C.O.N.G.O.).  The decision to bring back the committee, now re-dedicated to pay special attention to private sector development in a globalized world, is motivated by a most recent historic UN Call to Action to prevent a further deepening of the inequalities between developed and developing economies that have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Covid has placed an urgency to get the world back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  As per UN estimate, at least US$982 billion in fiscal stimulus measures is needed to respond to the immediate labour market shocks of the crisis and to support a just transition, as well as US$ 1.2 trillion annually for social protection floors in low- and middle-income countries. It was noted that while the wealth of billionaires increased by over US$ 3.9 trillion between March and December 2020, the impact of the pandemic on the world of work, among other factors, increased the number of extremely poor by between 119 and 224 million people—the first increase in poverty in over 21 years.

  • An estimated 8.8 percent of total working hours – equivalent to the hours worked in one year by 255 million full-time workers – were lost in 2020.
  • This corresponds to a loss of US$3.3 trillion in labour income before government support.
  • Because of the pandemic, there are an estimated 75 million fewer jobs in 2021 than there were before the crisis, and 23 million fewer projected in 2022.

On September 28, 2021, in response to Member States outcry, Secretary General António Guterres of the United Nations launched the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection initiative with the aim to attract investment-rich growth and foster the creation of 400 million jobs and extend social protection coverage to 4 billion people currently left unprotected. 

By the initiative, the international community recognizes that the threats to peace, security, the environment, and social and economic development are multi-faceted and are becoming increasingly complex, requiring at the very least a multi-stakeholder approach at a solution.  Recognizing at the same time the broader reach of businesses in recent years into global markets, a more profound understanding that many of the underlying drivers of long-term profitability and success in the private sector—such as access to energy, good governance, sustainable economic development – do overlap with UN priorities underpinning peace, security, and poverty reduction. These deepening linkages between public and private interests demand innovative forms of collaboration.  Business working together with civil society organizations can be a much more powerful voice working alongside the UN to develop better and more integrated solutions to important global challenges such as job creation and social protection.

Purpose

Formed accordingly as a committee committed to private sector development, we represent this unique collaborative force led by civil society and private sector agents needed to work alongside governments in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are bound by this shared conviction that peace and security challenges around the world can only be met whenever and wherever economic opportunities thrive.

We exist to make the economy our top priority and urge governments at the United Nations to work collectively to leverage the convening power of the organization to champion their nation’s economic agenda.<br><br> We urge governments to see their nation’s state of economy as a pathway to achieve the conducive political stability, democratization, peace, and security environment for the SDGs.

Our Mission is the following:

  • Advocate for the economic development of nations as a top priority.
  • Promote the work of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), its fifteen specialized agencies, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) included, its eight functional commissions and the five regional commissions under its jurisdiction.  
  • Promote the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goals, 8, 9 and 17 which we deem are instrumental to investment development and job creation.   
  • Mobilize constituencies behind the economic agenda of the United Nations.
  • Work in close cooperation with Member States to highlight their economic priorities.

Avail a platform for our members to make joint statements and undertake collective actions.

How We are Organized

The Committee consists of an executive secretariat made up of the Chair, the Vice-Chair, the Treasurer, 2 Recording Secretaries, and 3 Members-at-Large.   The bureau shall be responsible for the committee’s general programs of activities, membership, partnerships, statements, media and communications, and reporting.

The bureau shall be guided by the decision of the general membership.  We anticipate convening a group of eminent persons as advisors to support the cause.

Executive Secretariat / Bureau

325

Revenue in 2017 (Million)

525

Collaegues & Counting

302

Successfully Project

25

Year of experience

The Team

Our Experts

Mike Rich

Lead Architect

Jenny Smith

Head Engineer (US)

George Doe

Head Engineer (CN)

Maria Jay

Head Engineer (AU)

Trust and Worth

Our Clients

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