Universality and the SDGs:
A Business Perspective

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG Fund) in collaboration with its Private Sector Advisory Group and the Global Compact launch its new report Universality and the SDGs: A Business Perspective.

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What’s new?

César Alierta, new UN Global Advisor to advance digital education

SDG Fund and ProFuturo sign a pioneering partnership to reduce inequalities in access to quality education through the use of information technology. Alierta will promote the role of digital education in achieving sustainable development through its triple contribution to social justice, poverty reduction and environmental protection.

New partnerships for Digital Education: Rising to the challenge of SDG4

On 3 February 2017, the International Peace Institute and the SDG Fund organize a policy forum on education, SDGs and information technologies. In particular, the event will try to respond to the question on how public and private actors can find new ways to partner to address these challenges using digital education technologies.

Chefs Roca Brothers, first year working with the UN

On their first anniversary as UN Goodwill Ambassadors, the acclaimed master chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca presented a new chocolate creation to raise awareness on food waste and hunger during a gala dinner at the World Economic Forum 2017, in Davos (Switzerland). The dinner will gather chefs, celebrities, UN representatives and business leaders under the slogan “Global Goals dinner for a Healthy, Not Hungry, Inclusive World”.

How we work

There are 4 principles that make our programmes unique:


Poverty is multidimensional and requires multi-faceted, integrated and holistic approaches.

National ownership

Development cooperation needs to be people-centric and responsive to national priorities. SDG Fund governance mechanisms ensure the full participation of national government and partners.

UN agencies coordination

UN agencies, working as one with the critical support of the UN Resident Coordinators, coordinate their efforts and align their experience to deliver concrete results.

Bridging multistakeholder efforts

The SDG Fund bridges efforts of different development partners such as UN agencies, national and local governments, the private sector, civil society and academia.

What we do: achieving SDGs

We work with UN agencies, governments, civil society, business, academia and communities to achieve SDGs.
This is how our programmes are contributing to SDGs.

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Goal 1: No poverty Goal 2: Zero hunger Goal 3: Good health and well-being Goal 4: Quality education Goal 5: Gender equality Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth Goal 9: Industry, innovation, infrastructure Goal 10: Reduced inequalities Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities Goal 12: Responsible consumption, production Goal 13: Climate action Goal 14: Life below water Goal 15: Life on land Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

SDG Fund Private Sector Advisory Group

Businesses are playing an integral role in achieving sustainable development on the ground. To better align public-private partnerships for sustainable development, the SDG Fund has established a Private Sector Advisory Group, formed by business leaders of major companies from various industries worldwide. These leaders are helping the SDG Fund to build a roadmap for how public-private alliances can provide large-scale solutions for achieving the new SDGs.