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.