Essity has been a partner to the United Nations Foundation since 2016 and has been the convening partner of the annual UN Foundation Global Dialogue since the start of the partnership.
The Global Dialogue provides a platform for multi-sector engagement, discussing ways the public and private sectors can work together to advocate and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, launched by the UN in 2015.
“As one of the world’s largest hygiene and health companies, we consider the Sustainable Development Goals as more than the right thing to do, but also as business opportunities. Today’s UN Foundation Global Dialogue provides a valuable forum to bring together leaders in the field to share experiences and identify how we can collaborate to achieve the Goals,” said Essity CEO Magnus Groth.
About The United Nations Foundation (UNF)
Launched in 1998 with a $1 billion gift from CNN founder and media mogul Ted Turner, is the largest source of private funding to the United Nations (UN), supporting the organization’s causes and encouraging other donors to support UN actions and programming.
The UNF, funding helps address child health, climate change, energy, sustainable development, technology, women, girls and population issues. The UNF links the UN work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.- UN relations.
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As many as 71 million people could fall back into poverty as a result of the pandemic - the first rise in global poverty in 20 years.
Existing prevention and treatment programs against other diseases are being disrupted. This could mean 500,000 more deaths from AIDS-related illnesses and up to 700,000 more deaths from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa in a year.
Up to 80 million children are at risk of preventable diseases like measles, and polio because vital immunization programs have been paused.
Black, Indigenous and people of color in the U.S. are more than twice as likely to die as a result of COVID-19 because of unequal access to healthcare.
Domestic abuse against women around the world has increased - in some countries by up to 30% - because women spend more time with their abusers during lockdowns.
Reduced access to contraceptives during a six-month lockdown could lead to up to 7 million unintended pregnancies.
"We are pleased to collaborate with purpose-driven companies like Essity, which has put the Sustainable Development Goals at the core of its mission to raise hygiene and health standards, particularly at this critical time"