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Annual session of the UNECE Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships

Geneva, September 3 – 4, 2015

In September the United Nations will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals to guide the work of the international community on economic and environmental issues for the next 15 years.

The challenge of sustainable development is to reconcile the aspirations of current generations for economic prosperity with the need to preserve our planet for future generations.

The topics on which our committee and its teams of specialists have been working, i.e. promoting innovation and competitiveness, and promoting PPPs for infrastructure investments, are recognized in Sustainable Development Goal no.9 

"Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation"

The international policy dialogue at the committee session will discuss how we as a community of practice can contribute to this goal. 

As a backdrop to this discussion, we will organize a high-level international conference on Wed 2 September on "Unlocking the Economic Potential For Sustainable Development". At this conference, which we are holding jointly with the UNECE Steering Committee on Trade Capacity and Standards, we will discuss the role of innovation, PPPs but also trade in achieving sustainable development.

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