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For the fourth year, Essity has been the convening partner to the annual United Nations Foundation (UNF) Global Leadership Dialogue.
With a heavy emphasis on action, reflected in the title “From dialogue to action”, we explored how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could impact health and hygiene, whilst also creating business opportunities. It was encouraging to see the progress made in certain areas however, with an estimated 4.5 billion people lacking access to safely managed sanitation, it is clear we need to continue sharing ideas, perspectives and taking concrete action. The meeting was held at the UN headquarters in New York and brought together the business community, governments, authorities, civil society and NGOs to exchange experiences and perspectives on how to achieve the global sustainable development goals.
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.
The United Nations Foundation's #UniteForHealth campaign proves the importance of building strong healthcare systems that work for everyone. Because we all depend on each other. Here's why:
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.
"Essity’s commitment to work with the UN to address critical global needs in water, sanitation, and health, through the Essentials Initiative, is a great example of the type of corporate leadership the world needs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Foundation is proud to work with Essity to help the UN help the world.”