In a bid to accelerate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and the African Union 2063 Agenda, the United Nations and Sterling One Foundation have rallied thought leaders, impact investors, and stakeholders from diverse sectors to address pressing challenges and design market-led solutions for sustainable outcomes in Africa.
Under the theme ‘Global Vision, Local Action: Repositioning the African Development Ecosystem for Sustainable Outcomes’, Africa Social Impact Summit seeks to reshape the continent’s development landscape by fostering collaboration, innovative thinking, and impactful investment into critical areas such as climate solutions, circular economy, agriculture, renewable energy, education, health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Matthias Schmale, expressed excitement about partnering on the summit, highlighting the UN’s dedication to working with the private sector and government to implement a cooperation framework for sustainable development.
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He stressed the need for the private sector to move beyond corporate social responsibility (CSR) and integrate sustainability into their business models.