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    Development Business (DB) has launched a strategic alliance with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with the goal of assisting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the global procurement marketplace. 

    For nearly 100 years the ICC has been the umbrella organization for many SMEs, mobilising them in a collaborative manner and guiding them to manage the disruptions in the global economy. 

    With the Sustainable Development Goals gaining momentum and the primacy of SMEs in development achieving greater traction, this partnership will accelerate progress towards a better informed private sector which is well prepared to bid for public sector procurement. 




    UN Development Business (DB)  has launched its collaboration with the Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network (CBW) , which as the lead organisation for women in business in the Commonwealth works with governments through the Commonwealth Secretariat and the private sector through the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and which is mandated to drive women's economic empowerment across 53 member nations. This comes at a critical juncture when the success of the MDGs is being assessed,  particularly, but not exclusively MDG number 3 which seeks to promote gender equality. At the same time it will further a UN priority of assisting SMEs in gaining a stronger foothold in the global procurement marketplace.  DB and the CBW are joining forces to expand its networks with the aim of making tangible/measurable inroads in 2015 and beyond. 




    • UN Business Action Hub

      The UN Business Action Hub is a platform for the UN and business to connect and partner to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and UN objectives.


      On this platform, companies can learn about the partnership needs of UN entities, and offer programmatic support, in-kind and financial donations. UN entities can learn more about what partnership interest companies have and the engagement opportunities they desire.


      Both UN and Business can propose partnership projects and use the platform to search for and interact with potential partners to scale the impact of their partnerships.



    • We Support WEPs
      Development Business supports the Women's Empowerment Principles,
      a joint initiative of the UN 
      Women
       and UN Global Compact providing guidance to businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

      Subtitled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasize the business case
      for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. UN Development Business encourages all companies to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs and implement the Principles throughout their business. For more info, please contact weps@unglobalcompact.org


    • The OECD Observer magazine presents concise, up-to-date and authoritative analysis of world economic, social and environmental issues. Since 1962 it has been keeping policy makers, business people, NGOs, researchers and journalists ahead of the policy debate. It is a catalyst for new discussion and ideas, and a source of key data.  
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