An Enabling Environment for Sustainability Shared

The United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a set of 17 Goals adopted by the United Nations and its member states. They identify the global development priorities for the next 15 years, aiming to enable countries to take action towards alleviating poverty, protecting the planet, and promoting prosperity for all.

Approach

The Global CEO Alliance believes in Sustainability Shared through open access to information

by providing an enabling environment for knowledge and technology exchange.

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GCEOA Member

GCEOA Members are Chief Executives, Governments, Non-Government Organizations, Academe, and Multilaterals, who aim to work towards sustainable development.

Become part of this global multi-stakeholder partnership for Sustainability Shared.

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GCEOA Contributor

GCEOA Contributors are individuals and organizations, who aim to work towards sustainable development by creating and sharing courses and content, developing applications, and lending their expertise on sustainability.

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CEO Spotlight

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee

Saudi German Hospitals Group

Founder President and Chief Executive Officer

Hospital & Healthcare

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee heads the Middle East Healthcare Company (MEAHCO), the largest healthcare provider in the Middle East which runs the Saudi German Hospitals (SGH). He earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado. But his devotion to affordable healthcare solutions led him to develop various hospitals for the poor, build the largest medical college in the Middle East and North African (MENA) Region, form strategic partnerships with IFC and other institutions, and establish a network of tertiary hospitals across the MENA Region.

MEAHCO contributes to the advancement of health (SDG 3), quality education (SDG 4), and partnerships (SDG 17). As a subsidiary of MEAHCO, the SGH leads the dynamic healthcare system in the MENA Region by providing global health quality to more than 1.56 million patients annually. Since its inception in 2007, the Batterjee Medical College, which is the largest private medical college facilitated by MEAHCO, has been offering medical courses to almost 5,000 students and has granted 400 scholarships to date. The SGH Siana’a in Yemen embodies an ideal public-private partnership model under the medical services sector, drawing support from Yemen Airways, Global Investment House – Kuwait, and Government of Yemen.

Sustainable Development Through Transformative Leadership

Who We Are

The Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) is a community of business leaders with one call to action – to steer sustainable economic transformation through collaboration and collective effort of the private sector, in driving global change and impact.

We are guided by the belief in Sustainability Shared, an open system that enables organizations to place both people and planet at the heart of the economic system. It is built around a long-term vision of collaboration and collective effort – of sharing of and access to, information, best practices, tools and resources - toward sustainable development, where value creation is measured through economic, environmental, and social impact.

The GCEOA believes that when people and organizations are well informed on the various aspects of sustainability and are technologically well equipped on accessing information, they can make smarter decisions and take better actions toward sustainable development.

Learn more about us

Contact Details

GCEOA Secretariat
secretariat@globalceoalliance.org
Address
Jubilee House Third Avenue Marlow United Kingdom SL7 1EY

1 No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

1 No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

An end to poverty and all its oppressive manifestations                            

Poverty denies people everywhere fair access to basic needs – stifling their chances of attaining growth and security. Eliminating poverty in all its forms affords every individual the promise of a healthy and prosperous life. An end to global poverty is the beginning of global growth.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards ending poverty by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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2 Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

2 Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Practice sustainable agriculture to end hunger, promote food security, and improve nutrition

A lack of sustainable agricultural practices have aggravated the state of world hunger. People are deprived of nutrition vital for good health, and at the same time resources are being diminished. Improving current agricultural practices and processes will not only aid in promoting proper nutrition and health, but it also improves all the sectors that it affects, by ensuring that agricultural activity doesn’t negatively impact the very resource that it relies on. Eliminating hunger and malnutrition is a promise for prosperity for everyone.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards ending hunger by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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3 Good Health and Well Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

3 Good Health and Well Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Provide access to healthcare and value well-being for all

Despite advances in medicine, preventable and curable diseases are still plaguing populations worldwide and affecting the most vulnerable. Numerous people are affected by these illnesses, and far too few of them are able to access adequate healthcare services that will allow them to cure or manage their conditions. The promise of good health must not be restricted to a select few, it must be available to all. Good health for everyone means ready access to pharmaceuticals and healthcare services at affordable rates.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards ensuring good health and well-being for everyone by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by proving open access to knowledge and resources.

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4 Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

4 Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Providing opportunities for learning and progress through quality education

Children all over the world are not provided the same opportunity to receive quality education due to high levels of poverty and discrimination based on gender, race, and disabilities. With its influential impact on children, education is one of the most powerful catalyst for sustainable development as it allows everyone to partake of far more opportunities. Quality education for everyone is quality opportunity for progress.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards providing equal access to quality education by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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5 Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

5 Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Eliminate gender discrimination and provide equal opportunities for all

Women and girls have struggled to achieve equal opportunities in society. Huge barriers to gender equality such as violence, exploitation, discrimination, and unequal opportunities to advance, stand in the way of actual progress. The opportunities lost due to gender inequality have derailed progress for individuals, communities, and nations alike. Gender equality is long overdue for a world in need of inclusive growth.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards gender equality by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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6 Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

6 Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Responsible distribution and use of water and sanitation for all

Water is a basic necessity that allows life on earth to prosper, and enables entire industries to function. However despite our dependence on this resource, numerous people around the world don’t have access to sufficient fresh water to address their need for potable drinking water, and sanitation and hygiene. Rising global temperatures, inadequate infrastructure, and resource mismanagement are aggravating the problem of water scarcity, which is already causing quality of life to decrease in every country.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards providing clean water and sanitation for all by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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7 Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

7 Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Provide sustainable solutions to provide energy for everyone

The demand for affordable and sustainable energy has been rising. The global economy is slowly transitioning towards the use of renewable energy in order to decrease the drastic changes to the climate brought about by the excessive levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Investments in clean energy must be accelerated to meet the commercial demand and the environmental need. The world is rallying for development, and with clean energy sources, we promote that development responsibly.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to provide access to affordable clean energy by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Decent and just employment opportunities for sustainable economic growth

Slow economic growth, widening inequalities, and scarce employment opportunities are sizable obstacles for people wanting to overcome extreme poverty. Stunted economic growth provides opportunities for exploitation in the form of forced labor, slavery, and human trafficking as economic performance influences people’s quality of life. The world’s economies must be boosted by innovative solutions to increase efficiency and policies that promote entrepreneurship, job creation, and equal opportunities for economic growth. A strong and thriving economy cannot be achieved if it doesn’t allow productive employment and decent work for all.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to provide access to decent work and inclusive economic growth by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Development of resilient and universally accessible infrastructure to advance inclusive and sustainable economic development 

Insufficient and substandard basic infrastructure means numerous people are unable to access basic services, causing the economic growth of entire countries to become inhibited, or at best limited to certain parts of the country. Increasing investments towards infrastructure for energy, water supply and sanitation, transportation, and telecommunications, ensure that social, economic, and governmental goals are met and answer the needs of everyone.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work toward a future where innovation is fostered by inclusive and sustainable development by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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10 Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

10 Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Contain or reduce inequalities while achieving strong and inclusive economic growth

Income inequality is on the rise, not just among different countries, but within them as well. This widening disparity has shown that promoting economic growth will not improve the lives of those living in poverty if it’s not inclusive of all regardless of age, sex, disability, race, origin, religion, or economic status.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards the reduction of inequality within and among countries by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Create cities and human settlements that are inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

An ever increasing number of the world’s population now live in urban areas. This sudden mass shift from rural to urban settlements has caused challenges for national and local governments alike, with many cities suffering from traffic congestion, lack of funds for basic services, poverty, shortage of adequate housing, and declining public infrastructure. Cities all over the world have become the center of ideas, commerce, culture, science, and development, making them safe and sustainable would ensure that they continue to provide equal opportunities for everyone to advance.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards the development of these sustainable cities and communities by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact and effectively improving the lives of many more people. 

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12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Promote economic growth and protection of natural resources through responsible consumption and production

A large portion of the world’s population is finding it difficult to meet their basic needs. While an equally large portion of the population is producing and consuming goods and resources in an inefficient way, creating waste and pollutants in the process. Sustainable consumption and production requires the efficient management of our shared resources, reducing degradation, and pollution throughout the lifecycle of goods, and strengthening the scientific and technological capacity of countries to enable them to achieve these goals.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards developing more efficient production and consumption patterns by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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13 Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

13 Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

Combat climate change and its impacts

Global warming is causing long-lasting changes to the climate system leading to more devastating earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones, and flooding. These changes in the weather patterns disrupt national economies and affect the lives of people especially the poorest and the most vulnerable. Climate change is an international issue that requires cooperation from all sectors and governments in order to adapt to this new weather reality, and strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to act towards the reduction of the negative effects human activity has had on the environment by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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14 Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

14 Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Conserve and protect marine biodiversity, and promote the sustainable use of marine resources

The world’s oceans affect the global systems that make the Earth habitable to humans. They are also a main source of livelihood for many people, and in fact drive industries all together. However, despite our great dependence on this resource, the oceans, seas, and other marine ecosystems have already been affected negatively by human activity. The careful management of this shared resource is essential to life on Earth, and to safeguard against the already immense impact of global warming.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards ending the misuse of our oceans, seas, and marine resources by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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15 Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

15 Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Preserve life on land and advocate the responsible use of these resources

Life on Earth depends heavily on the resources that are present in the forests, wetlands, drylands, and mountains. Our food, shelter, and our means of livelihood are all connected to the very resource that has already suffered immensely from irresponsible human activities. Now land degradation, desertification, and declined biodiversity has affected our lives, especially the poor communities. The careful management of this shared resource is essential to continued life on Earth and to safeguard humans against the already immense impact of global warming.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards the end of the misuse of our terrestrial resources by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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16 Peace Justice and Strong Institution

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

16 Peace Justice and Strong Institution

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Advocate for peace, justice and strong institutions

Our world today has become divided. Some countries currently enjoy peace, security, and the protection from institutions that promote the enforcement of the rule of law and basic human rights. However, many more people suffer armed conflict and continued political unrest. The constant level of insecurity has hindered economic growth of nations, and even transgressed upon the human rights of the most vulnerable. Peace, stability, protection of human rights, and effective governance are all important in order to achieve sustainable development.

The Global CEO Alliance aims to empower everyone to work towards providing justice and peace for all by bringing together leaders in business, government, civil society, multi-laterals, and other stakeholders who share this common advocacy, and enabling them to multiply their impact by providing open access to knowledge and resources.

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17 Partnerships for the Goal

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

17 Partnerships for the Goal

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Strengthen global partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable development encompasses a broad range of issues that are interconnected and are too vast for any one government or organization to achieve on their own. The only way the Sustainable Development Goals can be attained is through a global partnership and cooperation among governments, the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders, where knowledge and resources relating to sustainability are accessible by everyone.

The Global CEO Alliance is guided by SDG17, and we aim to provide the resources needed to achieve sustainable development, and to foster partnerships across nations and sectors that benefits all.

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Sustainability Shared

Sustainability Shared

Sustainability Shared is an open system that enables organizations to place both people and planet at the heart of the economic system. It is built around a long-term vision of collaboration and collective effort - of sharing of and access to, information, best practices, tools and resources - toward sustainable development, where value creation is measured through economic, environmental, and social impact.

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

Open Access

Providing new ways of accessing sustainability products and services by reinventing the way people find the right tools and access the experts they need

Replicability

Ensuring the successful implementation of best practices and new technologies to enable the attainment of sustainability objectives

Efficiency

Evaluating processes and models to ensure that resources are maximized and waste is limited or even eliminated

Co-learning

Inspiring members to become active participants in learning and involving a community of experts in sustainability systems thinking

Achieving Sustained Value in GCEOA and SCI Projects through Data

Achieving Sustained Value in GCEOA and SCI Projects through Data

With the Global CEO Alliance’s (GCEOA) recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with Sister Cities International (SCI) last July 15, 2017, GCEOA Chairman James M. Donovan discussed the role of data in achieving sustained value in the alliance’s different projects and programs.

During a Q&A session, Mr. Donovan talked about the importance of data in driving sustained value in a framework utilized by organizations like the GCEOA and SCI. “Data is the currency of the future and it produces a knockdown effect once institutions like SCI strategically use them to benefit their stakeholders,” he explains.

According to a recent study released by SCI, there are a number of challenges in measuring the way sister cities impact their member communities, especially in terms of economic factors.

Data management can play a crucial role in measuring these factors that are difficult to quantify, such as the different activities that take place between the organization and its members, especially those related to municipal, tourism and educational exchanges, as well as trade and development in traditional business.

In the GCEOA’s case, data management is one of the standard elements it needs to gather ample evidence and data-driven insights necessary for attaining the goals and objectives set for its various initiatives.

Since the GCEOA and SCI share a similar framework, SCI can easily apply the GCEOA’s guiding principles to achieve sustained value in their own projects and programs.

The GCEOA’s initiatives centered on Knowledge, Expertise and Technology Exchange are advanced using the principles of Open Access, Replicability and Scalability, Efficiency, and Co-learning and Co-creation.

Sustained value can be achieved through:

Leveraging technology platforms in pursuit of sustainable products and services. By taking advantage of Open Access, community building can be more transparent and collaborative where public administration and government institutions are concerned.

Implementing replicable and scalable programs and procedures, because no initiative can yield the same results. Projects must be flexible enough to cater to the needs of a community, its people and their sensibilities.

Regular evaluation of processes and resources to determine areas that need improvement. 
There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution; efficiency must be adapted depending on the community’s needs, and the available human, technical and financial resources

Prioritizing collaboration among key stakeholders to foster the appropriate creation, transfer, sharing, utilization and application of knowledge. Strategic alliances provide the opportunity to scale up business and development solutions necessary for achieving sustainability.

The empowerment of cities and communities also greatly relies on its citizens. It is important to place people at the center of all sustainability and integrated development solutions to achieve sustained value in the social, economic and environmental development spheres.

Citizens must be given the appropriate access to tools that promote knowledge exchange and innovative solutions. Technology plays an important role in producing relevant data-driven insights that can empower and strengthen communities and create smarter cities. Data and technology should be at the core of all community building initiatives to sustain it and produce lasting results.

Global CEO Alliance, Sister Cities International Partner for Citizen Diplomacy and SDGs

Global CEO Alliance, Sister Cities International Partner for Citizen Diplomacy and SDGs

Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman James M. Donovan recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sister Cities International (SCI) during their 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 14-15, 2017.

In a Q&A session during the event, Mr. Donovan talked about the role of the GCEOA in the Sister Cities context, and explained the potential benefits of their partnership, including providing visibility and promotion, at both regional and global levels, to all SCI initiatives.

“Data, when utilized appropriately, can serve as an asset in making a difference, especially in terms of scale, as well as in establishing new relationships and strengthening the old ones,” explained the GCEOA Chairman.

As a champion of big data, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and data-driven insights, Mr. Donovan believes the GCEOA is a perfect fit for SCI’s quest to foster citizen diplomacy through knowledge sharing and community building.

The MOU between GCEOA and SCI solidifies their partnership and commitment to work together in developing and piloting programs that are necessary for the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It also highlights GCEOA’s pledge to provide SCI necessary assistance, such as strategic institutional partnerships, expertise, collaboration and data technologies required to advance projects beneficial to all members of the Sister Cities network.

Prior to the MOU signing, Mr. Donovan also had the opportunity to address the members of the Youth Leadership Summit during the open session of the Final Summation. During the session, he emphasized the important role of the youth and of quality education in achieving the SDGs.

As an enabling platform that brings together leaders and decision makers from both the public and private sectors, GCEOA has the capability to provide a venue for facilitating PPPs, as well as the exchange of ideas and solutions focused on achieving the targets needed to fulfill the 2030 Agenda.

The 61st SCI Annual Conference, with the theme “Global Communities for World Peace,” served as a gathering of world leaders, public officials, engaged citizens, diplomats and business leaders from all over the world, aiming to honor the vision of its founder, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to foster world peace through global people-to-people partnerships.

Parade of flagsGCEOA, Chairman, Mr. James M. Donovan delivering a message, moments before signing the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Sister Cities International. Looking on is Ms. Mary Kane, CEO and President of Sister Cities International
Parade of flag 2Prior to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing, there was an open session for the Youth Leadership Summit Final Simulation
Parade of flag 3It was a great opportunity for GCEOA Chairman Mr. James M. Donovan to address the youth members during the open session.
Ms. Mary Kane, CEO and President of Sister Cities International, delivering a message prior to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.
The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between GCEOA and Sister Cities International, a collaboration projected to make a huge impact and take both organizations to greater heights.
The MOU highlights the role and contribution of executive leaders in the private sector within the broader collaborative institutional agenda of the SCI and GCEOA.
The members of the Youth Leadership Summit were all smiles after the signing of the MOU. On the first row are (L-R) GCEOA Chairman James M. Donovan, CEO and President of Sister Cities International Ms. Mary Kane, and San Antonio Mayor Mr. Ron Nirenberg.
GCEOA Chairman James M. Donovan with one of the members of the Youth Summit, exchanging insights about the conference.
During the Youth Leadership Summit, the participants learned how different national interests drive international cooperation on critical issues. This year's theme for the diplomatic simulation is Crisis in our Oceans: Negotiating a Solution to Protect our Food. Effective problem solving strategies, leadership skills and insights into international affairs were the main discussion points in this event.

GCEOA Chairman Champions Big Data at the 61st Sister Cities Annual Conference

GCEOA Chairman Champions Big Data at the 61st Sister Cities Annual Conference

Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman and ADEC Innovations CEO James M. Donovan recently participated at the 61st Annual Conference of Sister Cities held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, July 14-15, 2017.

With the theme “Global Communities for World Peace,” the event served as a gathering of world leaders, public officials, engaged citizens, diplomats and business leaders from all over the world, aiming to honor President Eisenhower’s vision of fostering world peace through global people-to-people partnerships.

“Data, when utilized appropriately, can serve as an asset in making a difference, especially in terms of scale, as well as in establishing new relationships and strengthening the old ones,” explained the GCEOA Chairman.

As the representative of the GCEOA, the Chairman talked about the power of data in the Sister Cities context, and engaged in a Q&A where he answered questions on the return on investment of sustainability, the value of data in community building, the role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in expanding services into the public sector, and the challenge of fostering engagement towards the development of scalable solutions for the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mr. Donovan also explained the potential benefits of a partnership between the GCEOA and Sister Cities International (SCI), and how the former reinforces visibility and promotion at both the global and regional levels, thus opening doors to more opportunities, especially in terms of gathering necessary funding for SCI projects worldwide.

The GCEOA also provides a venue for the creation and rollout of pilot programs beneficial to the stakeholders and city members of SCI. It also serves as a platform to engage with policy and decision makers from both the public and private sectors.

With the GCEOA’s objective of enabling knowledge sharing to empower PPPs in achieving the 2030 Agenda, its partnership with SCI highlights the importance of collaboration among the private sector, government and civil society in realizing the different targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mr. Donovan spoke alongside Roger Lawrence, Vice President (Global Quality and Regulatory) at McCormick & Company, Inc., during the second session of Day 1, which was moderated by Beth Hendrix, Executive Director of Denver Sister Cities International.

The 61st Sister Cities Annual Conference covered topics relating to collaboration, citizen diplomacy, technology, art and cultural exchanges, innovation, local and international governments, and community building.

Sister Cities International is a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices in the field of citizen diplomacy. As a membership association, it continues to strengthen the Sister Cities network through strategic institutional partnerships, grants, programs, and support for its members. Founded by President Eisenhower, its mission is “to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time”.

The GCEOA is an enabling platform that provides a venue for the exchange of SDG-centric solutions in the form of expertise, collaboration, resources and technology in order to address the complexities of achieving the 2030 Agenda.

 

Parade of flagsThe Philippine flag being carried by one of the members of the Youth Leadership Summit.
Parade of flag 2Members of the Youth Leadership Summit participate in the Parade of Flags at the 61st Sister Cities International Conference.
Parade of flag 3The youth members gathering, moments before the annual Parade of Flags. A total of 200 flags were paraded for this event, with the Philippines included.
GCEOA Chairman Mr.  James M. Donovan with San Antonio Mayor Mr. Ron Nirenberg, Ms. Mary Bean (FirstCarbon Solutions) and Ms. Mary Kane (CEO and President of Sister Cities International).
GCEOA Chairman Mr.  James M. Donovan with Ms. Lisa M. Gillmor, Mayor of the City of Santa Clara, California.
GCEOA Chairman Mr.  James M. Donovan with Mr. Roger Lawrence (Vice President, Global Quality Assurance and Regulatory, McCormick & Company, Inc.) and Ms. Beth Hendrix.
GCEOA Chairman Mr.  James M. Donovan with Mr. Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of the City of San Antonio, Texas.
GCEOA Chairman Mr.  James M. Donovan with Ms. Beth Hendrix, Executive Director of Denver Sister Cities International.
All 200 flags are on stage after the parade to officially start the 61st Sister Cities International Conference.
Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms addressing the participants after the amazing Cities Flags Ceremony.
GCEOA Chairman Mr. James M. Donovan as a speaker in the session entitled “Your Mayor's First Question: What is the Return on Investment (ROI) of Your Sister City Partnership?”
GCEOA Chairman Mr. James M. Donovan with Ms. Beth Hendrix (Executive Director of Denver Sister Cities International) as moderator and Roger Lawrence (Vice President, Global Quality and Regulatory, McCormick & Company, Inc.) as a co-speaker.
Mr. Roger Lawrence (Vice President, Global Quality and Regulatory, McCormick & Company, Inc.) as co-speaker in the session, “Your Mayor's First Question: What is the Return on Investment (ROI) of Your Sister City Partnership?”
The speakers of the panel delivering their insights on the subject of return on investment (ROI) from their Sister Cities partnership.
GCEOA Chairman Mr. James M. Donovan discusses “The Power of Data in the Sister Cities Context,” and highlighted that data is the currency of the future.

GCEOA Chairman Shares Insights on Jobs of the Future at OAS Assembly

GCEOA Chairman Shares Insights on Jobs of the Future at OAS Assembly

Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman James Donovan attended the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) held June 19-21, 2017 at Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. With the theme “Strengthening Dialogue and Concerted Action for Prosperity,” the assembly highlighted OAS’ role in providing a platform for its member states in addressing global and hemispheric challenges.

“New jobs, in addition to the fact that we have to readjust all of our business models at the same time, is probably society’s biggest challenge in the next twenty to thirty years,” said Mr. Donovan during a panel discussion entitled “The Americas in a New Economic Paradigm: Creating the Jobs of the Future.”

The GCEOA Chairman pointed out that focus should be on four primary sectors, which are online education, data management and analysis, sustainable development and operations, and healthcare services. These sectors are projected to bring significant job growth.  Aligned with many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), they can be instrumental in helping nation-states achieve their SDG targets.

With an emphasis on public-private partnerships, Mr. Donovan added that countries, policy makers and businesses need to come together in order to create an enabling environment that can generate funding, digital infrastructure and training.

“We need to expand the Private Public Partnership (PPP) model to embrace not just infrastructure, health information and education but expanding the model into more societal drivers. Training, capacity building, online education have to go hand in hand. These are not small challenges but as new technology and capabilities emerge and are shared, we will be able to succeed with them.” Mr. Donovan concluded.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto also participated in this prestigious event and delivered a speech during the General Assembly’s Inaugural Session.

“We live in a time of accelerated and deep transformations. Social, economic and political paradigms are changing rapidly,” declared President Peña Nieto. “The regional and global challenges put the vitality of our organization and its leadership to the test. Faced with this situation we must reaffirm our confidence in multilateralism as the best way to overcome the challenges we share at the regional and international levels. The key to multilateralism lies in the ability to tackle global problems through concerted action.”

OAS is the world’s oldest regional organization that aims to promote democracy, defend human rights, ensure a multidimensional approach to security, foster integral development and prosperity, and support inter-American legal cooperation.

 

The panel members of the Private Sector Forum of the Americas “Reforms for a Booming Private Sector in the Americas: Creating the Jobs of the Future” Session which happened lJune 19 in Cancún, Quintana Roo. From Left to Right: Executive General Secretary of the National Association of Universities and Institutes of Higher Learning (Mexico) Jaime Valls Esponda, Director-General, Center for Economic Studies of the Private Sector (CEESP) Luis Foncerrada Pascal, Jamaican Ambassador to the Organization of American States Audrey Patrice Marks, Chief of the Unit of Global Business of ProMéxico Amb. Mario Chacón Carrillo who did the introduction and served as moderator, CEO of ADEC-Innovations and GCEOA Chairman (USA) James M. Donovan and President of the Tecmilenio University (Mexico) Hector Escamilla.
During the panel session, Mr. James M. Donovan was asked to share his insights about the “Jobs of the Future”.  To which he said, “Online Education has to become a main driver within the area. Next is utilizing data management and analysis to really change the game. By using information governance as the beginning building blocks, you can start the baseline resources and start to develop a new relationship”.
The event was graced by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who also delivered a statement during the Inaugural Session on June 19. In his speech, President Nieto said that “We live a time of accelerated and deep transformations. Social, economic and political paradigms are changing rapidly. The regional and global challenges put the vitality of our organization and its leadership to the test. Faced with this situation we must reaffirm our confidence in multilateralism as the best way to overcome the challenges we share at the regional and international levels. The key to multilateralism lies in the ability to tackle global problems through concerted action”. [Source]

 

The Emerging Data-Driven Market on Social Impact and Sustainability

The Emerging Data-Driven Market on Social Impact and Sustainability

Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman, James Donovan, recently participated in the UN Press Briefing and Open Dialogue at the Second Authors Meeting for the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) held last May 23, 2017, in Bangkok. With market leaders and top experts participating, the event centered on the theme, "Rethinking Economic Risk and Opportunity in the Face of Degradation and Extreme Events."

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GCEOA Chairman to Join Panel at the 47th OAS General Assembly in Mexico

GCEOA Chairman to Join Panel at the 47th OAS General Assembly in Mexico

Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman James Donovan will be attending the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) to be held in Cancun, Quintana Roo, from June 19 to 21.

The General Assembly will be an opportunity to strengthen ties with both the public and private sectors and OAS Member States. With the theme, “Strengthening Dialogue and Concerted Action for Prosperity,” the event will focus on the role of the OAS in providing a platform for its member states to address global and hemispheric challenges.The involvement of ADEC Innovations and GCEOA will be instrumental in achieving a fruitful discussion on the significant role of private sector in the Latin America and the Caribbean regional context.

Mr. Donovan will be a part of one of the three interactive panels created based on the OAS’s four pillars which are Democracy, Human Rights, Sustainable Development and Multidimensional Security. He will also be attending the inaugural session hosted by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto which will mark the start of the 3-day event.

Mr. Donovan’s knowledge and expertise in Data Management, Sustainable Development and Public-Private Partnerships will be valuable in discussions related to tackling global challenges in attaining global progress and prosperity.

The OAS was created to achieve order and justice, promote solidarity, strengthen collaboration, and defend sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence among its member states.

The GCEOA is the collective platform of executive leaders that provide visibility to their contribution and commitment to the 2030 Agenda. It is an enabling platform that provides a venue for the exchange of solutions in the form of expertise, collaboration, resources and technology in order to address the complexities of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Chairman’s participation in the Private Sector Forum will highlight the importance of knowledge and technology exchange to advance ‘Sustainability Shared’ and how it will help contribute to the data-drive requirements of OAS for informed decisions.

The Data Driven Decision making focus of GCEOA will help to contribute valuable insights to the public-private dialogue IN using creativity and innovation to combat the challenges of integration, the jobs of the future, technology and changes in labor.

GCEOA Chairman Underscores the Value of Big Data for the SDGS

GCEOA Chairman Underscores the Value of Big Data for the SDGS

(Bangkok, Thailand– May 23, 2017) Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman, James Donovan, recently spoke at the UN Press Briefing and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue at the Second Authors Meeting for the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) held in Bangkok.

Mr. Donovan’s talk focused on “The Emerging Data-Driven Market on Social Impact and Sustainability,” where he discussed the roles of Big Data and partnerships in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Big Data plays a crucial role in identifying targets, measuring gaps and tracking progress where the SDGs are concerned. It also creates transparency and more accountability from both governments and the private sector,” explained the GCEOA Chairman.

The event with the theme, “Rethinking Economic Risk and Opportunity in the Face of Degradation & Extreme Events,” tackled the need for smarter and greener investments to transform the Asia-Pacific region into a thriving sustainability hub.

As one the most vulnerable regions to the unprecedented effects of climate change, the region needs more Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to successfully implement its sustainable development initiatives.

GCEOA’s participation in the event has shed light on the value of Big Data and the role of global partnerships in creating sustainable investment opportunities necessary to fuel innovative policies and private funding for the region.

GCEOA is a community of business leaders motivated to steer sustainable economic transformation through the collaboration and collective effort of the private sector in driving global change and impact.

Donovan was joined by various industry leaders and experts such as Jian Liu, Chief Scientist of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Martin Rueegg, CEO of AXA Insurance Thailand; Paul Ekins, Director of UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources & UK Energy Research Centre; and Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the Amsterdam University.

The UN Press Briefing and Multi-Stakeholder event was held alongside consultations with top world scientists for GEO-6 last May 22 to 25, and was organized by the UNEP.

 

The participants of the 1st panel entitled “Where We Are and Where We Want to Be”. From Left to Right,  Prof. Joyeeta Gupta, Co-Chair Geo 6 and Prof. University of Amsterdam, dr. Jian Liu, Chief Scientist UNEP,  Jane Smart-IUCN Global Director Biodiversity Conservation Group, Peter King-Asia Pacific Co-Chair Geo6
The participants of the 2nd Panel entitled “Making Cents in an Under 2°C World”. From left to right,  Maria Jesus Iraola-GEO fellow Uruguay, James Donovan-CEO ADEC Innovations and Chairman Global CEO Alliance, Surendra Shrestha-VP Asian Institute of Technology, Paul Ekins- Director at UCL U.K. Energy Research Centre and Co-Chair GEO 6, Martin Rueegg-CEO, Axa Insurance
ADEC Innovations CEO and GCEOA Chairman, Mr. James M. Donovan addressing questions from the participants during the Open Floor session of the 2nd Panel: Making Cents in an Under 2 Making Cents in an Under 2°C World

GCEOA Chairman Advances SDG17 at the Global Partnership Week

GCEOA Chairman Advances SDG17 at the Global Partnership Week

Washington, USA (March 9, 2017) - “Big data is the blueprint for investments, partnerships and multi-sectoral contribution for UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),” disclosed Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman James M. Donovan in a panel at the Global Partnerships Week 2017 (GPW 2017) recently held at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Business.

The GPW 2017 held last March 6 to 12 is an annual conference organized by the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Concordia and the PeaceTech Lab. A state endeavor which started in 2014, it aims to celebrate partnerships across sectors, industries, and boarders, and the progress they have achieved..

The main forum is supplemented by numerous self-organized events around the world, in various formats. With a focus on the role of partnerships in achieving the SDGs, particularly the 17th SDG which calls to ‘strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnerships for sustainable development’, the GCEOA and GWU School of Business organized the panel on, ‘Inclusive Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Development.’

This panel was intended to contribute towards the conversations around the pivotal role of partnerships towards sustainable development. It was divided into two sessions, first of which focused on global and regional perspectives on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) leading to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The second session focused on Inclusive Partnerships where panelists explored the Innovative Partnering Cycle, which followed the progress of partnerships from set-up to assessment and evaluation.

Mr. Donovan revealed the drive behind the creation of the GCEOA in advancing the SDGs. He further explained, “From traditional contracting and with the launching of the SDG’s, partnership trends are now moving towards People-First PPPs. It entails cross-sector collaboration in delivering infrastructure and services needed to meet the demands of the SDGs. The main challenge is bridging the capacity gap in delivering these People-First PPPs most especially for developing countries. Data and knowledge sharing is essential in improving this capacity to support a strategic decision-making process that creates a blueprint for multidisciplinary use.”

The GCEOA is one of the core initiatives of ADEC Foundation, committed to the advancement of the people and planet by working closely with stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society, multilaterals, and the United Nations.

James M. Donovan with Organization of American States Executive Secretary Kim Osborne & Director of Sustainable Devt. Cletus SpringerJames M. Donovan with Organization of American States Executive Secretary Kim Osborne & Director of Sustainable Devt. Cletus Springer
James M. Donovan with Jim Thompson, Director for Innovation, US State DepartmentJames M. Donovan with Jim Thompson, Director for Innovation, US State Department
James M. Donovan with Linda Livingstone, Ph.D. - Dean & Professor of Management, George Washington University School of BusinessJames M. Donovan with Linda Livingstone, Ph.D. - Dean & Professor of Management, George Washington University School of Business

Inclusive Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Development

Inclusive Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Development

The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, an entry point for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society, together with the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Concordia, and PeaceTechLab will host the annual Global Partnerships Week (GPW) from March 6-12, 2017, bringing together partnership practitioners and leaders to engage in discussion common knowledge and best practices, identify new partnership opportunities, and coordinate on collaborative solutions.

The event will have a central theme focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will capitalize on the 17 goals and will highlight Goal 17 on global partnerships.

In an effort to reach and engage different sectors regarding partnerships, the Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) in cooperation with the George Washington University School of Business will be organizing a side-event on March 9 that will complement the main Forum on the role of public-private partnerships (PPP) in achieving the UN SDGs, particularly Goal 17. This event entitled Inclusive Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Development will have two sessions that will cover Global and Regional Perspective on PPP and Inclusive Partnerships. Distinguished speakers, moderators, and panelists from different sectors around the globe will be invited such as Raj Kumar, the founding President and Editor-in-Chief of the media platform for the global development community Devex; Mary D. Kane, the President and CEO of Sister Cities International; educator Dr. Linda Livingstone who sits as the current Dean of the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB); newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Organization of the American States (OAS) Kim Osborne who focused her work on Small and Medium Enterprises in the region for the past years; current Director in Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnership and Innovation Jim Thompson who is also responsible for launching innovative diplomacy initiatives in the Department; entrepreneur James Donovan who leads ADEC Innovations, a corporate group that redefines and delivers innovative ESG solutions and the chairman of the Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA); and Bill Guyton, the senior-level leader within international agribusiness and non-profit organization who committed in leading the creation and implementation of global sustainability best practices.

Both sessions will be followed by a Question and Answer portion with the audience that will be engaged by the panelists.

Global Partnership Week 2017

Global Partnership Week 2017

Inclusive Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Development Global and Regional Perspectives on PPP

Hosted by George Washington University School of Business with Global CEO Alliance March 9, 2017

Background

In an effort to reach and engage different sectors regarding partnerships, the Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) in cooperation with the George Washington University School of Business organized a side-event that complemented the Main Forum on the role of public-private partnerships (PPP) in achieving the UN SDGs, particularly Goal 17. This event entitled Inclusive Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Development included sessions covering Global and Regional Perspective on PPP and Inclusive Partnerships. The first session on Global and Regional Perspective on PPP leading to 2030 Agenda presented a number of high-level panelists engaged in a dialogue with the audience on the “how’s” and “what’s” of PPP and why PPP actors must have a clear indication of what they actually want in partnership to benefit the larger community it purports to serve. The session amplified all fundamentals of PPP as well as the complementing factors that directly contribute to leadership, knowledge acquisition and transfer, and capacity building for sustainable development and investment opportunities.

Introductory Remarks from the event hosts and participating organizations

Dr. Linda Livingstone, Dean of George Washington University, School of Business

Dr. Livingstone imparted the legacy of the George Washington University (GWU) as a global university in engaging people together from the business sector, from the government sector, from non-government organizations (NGOs), and from academia to talk about partnership which is relevant in the nation’s capital. As the host for the event, GWU looked forward to discussions on public-private partnerships (PPP) and sustainable global development – issues that the university deeply believes in as they have courses catering on the subject matter of partnerships.

Mr. James Thompson, Director of Innovations of the Secretary of State’s Office for Global Partnerships and Innovations

Mr. Thompson’s office has been working on PPPs for nine years. He worked with the USAID in reaching out to private sector which in turn brings out ideas, technology, and markets, perfect for the work they are doing for diplomacy and development.  These learning are what he carried out in his current work in the US Department of State. He challenged the business community to rise up and join Goal 17, the Partnership Goal, which he considered as, “the goal to make all the rest of goal go”.

Mr. James Donovan, CEO of ADEC Innovations and Chairman of the Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA)

Mr. James Donovan is a serial entrepreneur focusing on impact investing that generates measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. He leads ADEC Innovations, a corporate group that redefines and delivers innovative ESG solutions and supplies and aggregates data for governments, individual corporations and coalitions. Through his 25+ years of providing data service, he was able to find a big gap in how people use data. While working with the United Nations (UN), he was able to establish the Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) which desires to bring tools or knowledge to the world’s supply chain. This journey with the UN established three years ago paved the way for the GCEOA to be launched in Dubai, UAE in 2016.

As a co-host with GWU, the GCEOA through Donovan highlighted the need to embrace SDGs and the need to find data to make business decisions. GCEOA aims to be the aggregator of the “missing middle” and targets to help reach the gap of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Kim Osborne, Executive Secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS)

The OAS from its very establishment has had its core responsibility to help member states design and implement policies and programs that promote democracy and human rights, seek peace and foster socio-economic stability. The OAS through Osborne aspires to provide critical support to member states in building institutional and human resource capacity to meet the new challenges that they face.

A key component of OAS’ work as an organization is engaging all member states via policy dialogues. OAS possesses the ability to convene at highest levels, to build consensus and direct actions around common needs. Osborne believes that the concept of Cooperacion Solidaria has always been the focus of the work of OAS from its inception. More recently, they have been focusing on Innovative Partnerships for Development. They are convinced that development can be achieved through working together with multiple sectors linked by a common purpose - prosperity and well-being of all people.

Osborne accepts that the 2030 Agenda is extremely ambitious; hence, there is also a need for the OAS to be just as ambitious and forward looking in its implementation of programs. She believes that the organization’s aims and objectives become achievable when it works through partnerships like building bridges and seeking common ground. She considers partnerships in all their forms whether of infrastructure, exchange of technology, or the sharing of experiences and lessons learned must be the driver for the implementation of all programs. She concluded by saying that it is important to note that partnerships, and not about organizations or institutions – are about ensuring the needs and aspirations of the people whom they serve are addressed.

Mr. Raj Kumar, Founding President and Editor in Chief of Devex

Mr. Raj Kumar believes that partnerships should be described as a bottom-up approach and not the other way around. He emphasized that it is about giving up some control and asking the people affected. His company, a media platform called Devex, formed a partnership with the USAID years ago where they created Devex Impact which aims to drive for journalism content and build community around partnerships. They found out a budding group of people who saw themselves as partnership practitioners and who understood the value of the organization’s work, why it matters and why it should be done well.

Kumar and Devex believe that partnerships are about the people they try to serve, about the people behind them, about the needs of those people and about the best way forward to make these successful partnerships happen.

Ms. Mary D. Kane, President and CEO of Sister Cities International (SCI)

Sister Cities International is a 60-year old worldwide grassroots effort that engages citizen promoting peace. Ms. Mary D. Kane believes in the words of Former President Dwight Eisenhower from his remarks at the People-to-People Conference that partnerships will help build the world to peace and that it will help build the world to an enduring peace. She also believes that prosperity cannot be achieved without peace. Kane highlights that part of the SDGs is to promote prosperity and peaceful co-existence.

Her company, SCI is a network of 1.1 million people that not only develops economic development opportunities to all its members but also brings them together through partnerships involving cultural, student and professional exchanges. In fact, they have started a partnership with Jalalabad, Afghanistan called Afghan Youth Connect where students get together thru Skype once a month to learn the culture, religion and the other details of the US which changed the students’ views and perspectives about the US in a good manner.

Panel Discussion

Organizations’ take on using multi-sector partnerships to achieve impact on the SDGs:

Partnerships are a tool for achieving greater impact and outcomes as identified by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Understanding the true impact and outcomes of those partnerships can be a route towards institutionalization and capacity building. The session highlighted important aspects of carrying out public-private partnership (PPP) projects such as:

  1. Getting partners together to use holistic approaches to solve complex issues in meeting sustainable development requirements;
  2. Getting business to transition from philanthropy, to incorporating PPPs focused on sustainable development into their business models; and
  3. Engaging with local communities and other actor to figure out how they can work together.

The different organizations presented ways of using multi-sector partnerships to achieve impacts on the SDGs. Some organizations play a match making role in bringing together corporations and large foundations with cities, non-government organizations (NGOs), and start-ups aiming to solve a specific problem. Partners and players in PPPs were advised to use data and the information gathered from them to inform better decision-making, address specific issues/challenges that arise, and then change human and business behavior for the better. Multi-lateral banks cover the financing of these PPP projects, as well as developing policy and legal frameworks that can be replicated in other projects. However, the challenge rests in setting realistic and practical expectations as to the right blend of public and private roles in the partnership (particularly in infrastructure projects).

Defining a partner and a stakeholder

The panelists demonstrated how even simply defining the roles of members in a partnership can be incredibly complex. To them, a partner and a stakeholder can be synonymous, and the differentiation may be blurred. Everybody who is in a partnership should also be a stakeholder and have a voice in developing the solution. In legal agreements, formal partners are identified as the private and public entities that have gone into a contractual agreement to provide a service, build infrastructure, etc., and are contributing resources towards its completion and maintenance. However, there are informal partners that have interest in the project or are affected by its outcome – these parties may be identified as the stakeholders.

Beyond the distinction between these two entities lies the need to understand the metrics to which the PPP project will be measured against, and the analysis of the entire ecosystem of the project to aid in identifying possible roadblocks or challenges.

Usefulness of partnerships

According to the panelists, no one entity has enough resources and expertise to answer challenges for everyone, on their own. So partners are a necessity. In order for a partnership to work, the government and the country must be ready in terms of its capacity to understand the scope of work and their responsibilities, as well as the capability to actually manage the project once it is completed.

A formal PPP can only be successfully carried out if there is a reasonable amount of risk allocated to the private sector, and they are provided enough evidence of a potential opportunity for gain. They need to have an incentive to bring in their own creativity and expertise into the project, and contribute beyond just giving financial resources.

Moreover, the panelists emphasized that PPPs can work in any scale. There is a case to be made for starting PPP projects on the small scale, and then expanding them later onLastly, there is no one size fits all solution for PPPs. There is a need to continually carry out research to find out what works and what doesn’t based on the specific circumstances present.

Challenges on the PPPs around the SDGs and how to overcome them

There is a lot being done in terms of using PPPs as a vehicle towards achieving sustainable development, however, there is no formal effort in place towards collectively measuring the progress against the SDGs and their indicators. It will be a journey towards integrated reporting, especially because there is a veritable alphabet soup of frameworks that can be used towards promoting compliance to certain standards and ensuring transparency. There is a need for a single reporting framework that will allow organizations to know what SDGs they’re contributing towards and how big their impact is.

Below are the challenges the panelists have identified:

  • Large multinational corporations and even large governments have predefined processes and frameworks in place for engagement in PPPs. These can prove to be inflexible and conflict with the cultural or spiritual beliefs of the local communities they are trying to help. Most projects faced with this type of problem lead to a dead end. Also, some organizations organizations/entities from all sectors may have problems identifying where they will be providing value, what they stand to gain, and why they should be actively involved in the project. This may cause them to choose not to act at all.
  • There is a need to unlearn certain systems/processes, and see the true priorities with the PPPs. These projects need to move from being focused on philanthropy, and move up to the CEOs in order to make a difference.
  • Attracting investment for infrastructure projects seems to be difficult task due to a.) Establishing political commitment on the part of the government and b.) Institutional capacity to manage these transactions in both the public and private sectors.
  • There is a need for an enabling political environment for PPPs with legal documents that clearly stipulates what the rules and regulations are, and the certainty that these rules will be enforced fairly and equally and consistently.
  • In terms of mainstreaming the SDGs or making it viral, there is a need to create an enabling framework for the SDGs to be consumable to the private sector, and help them identify them as a value proposition. We need to market ‘why the SDGs’ and how private sector participating will lead to better results. There are efforts being carried out to integrating the SDGs into capacity building materials which are distributed to members of the public and private sectors. However, it is seen as a long term education process.

Replicability and scalability of partnerships based on the SDGs

There is a need for an alignment of public policy, corporate policy, and the data that goes behind all those things, as well as a strong local presence to mobilize the local resources and expertise. Driving public policy change entails bringing in PPP partners so it could prompt governments to bring about change in their policies.

The panelists drew attention on data visualization as an impactful tool that every organization and entity must do a better job on. There are a lot of data available, but the more important thing is how to make these data into effective scorecards, how to make them consumable and actionable, and how to use them to promote transparency.

Identifying the path to scale early on in the design process is an effective way to attract donors to projects and subsequently, finding ways to bring visibility to successful projects is also an effective way to promote its replication in other areas/countries.

There are barriers that stand between organizations to create better partnerships for the SDGs. Due to lack of policy and enabling environments, it is difficult for PPPs to be successfully implemented in governments where there is no enabling environment, but there are some one-off projects that have been successful because of the intervention by donors that created a very stable environment for a particular project. Aside from ensuring that there are policies in place that promote PPPs, there is also a need to identify how well these policies are being enforced or implemented. In addition to the lack of policy, there is also a need for mitigating risks and the role of the government in making these partnerships a little more accessible.

In terms of driving small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and consumer awareness and engagement, the panelists stressed the need to find ways to show everyone at every level what the SDGs mean for them, and what part they play in their achievement. These are the people that can be the best partner to engage local communities and protect natural resources. Lastly, delivering a PPP that addresses the 17 SDGs will definitely benefit the community, but there must be certain that the consumer will be using the service or infrastructure that will be built through the PPP.

List of attendees for GPW 2017 side event:

First Name

Last Name

Official Title

Company/Organization

       

Bill

Guyton

Former President, World Cocoa Foundation

Guyton Strategies International

Michael

Battaglia

Svp, Operations

(Icsb) International Council For Small Business

Elias

Carayannis

Professor

(Gwu Sb) George Washington University School Of Business

Michele

Bongiovanni

Ceo

Healrworld Lcc

Davida

Vanderpuye Tengey

Programs Specialist

(Usda-Nifa) United States Department Of Agriculture, National Institute Of Food And Agriculture

Michael

Scarola

Business Systems Analyst

(Hrw) Human Rights Watch

Frank

Lusby

Executive Director

Action For Enterprise

Lillian

Wirpsza

Registered Nurse

George Washington University

Eduard

Muller

Rector

University For International Cooperation

Kathie

Bolognese

Vp Of Board

Us National Committee For Un Women

Jennie

Lane

Animal Health And Livelihoods Technical Advisor

Land O'Lakes International Development

Ci

Song

Student

The George Washington University

David

Bloomgarden

Unit Chief, Inclusive Cities

Multilateral Investment Fund

Jeremy

Wood

Project Coordinator, Strategic Student Career Planning

(Gwsb) George Washington School Of Business, F. David Fowler Career Center

Anthony

Catajan

Chief Compliance Officer

Adec Innovations/ Fcs International

Wendy

Li

Graduate Student

George Washington University

Cynthia

Ward

Director, Employer Development And Relations

George Washington University

Yajun

Duan

Graduate Student

George Washington University, School Of Business

Lucy

Mungai

Civil Society Support-Legal

United Nations Environment Programme

William

Plummer

Vice President, Strategic And External Affairs

Huawei Technologies

Eve

Wellish

Ms. Eve Wellish

The George Washington University

Erin

Mcgeoy

Student

George Washington University

Alex

Kassin

Student

The George Washington University

Fatou

Ndoye

Deputy Director

Un Environment - North America Office

Irela

Aleman

Second Secretary

Permanent Mission Of Honduras To The Oas

Jesus

Giacoman

Counselor

Mexican Mission To The Oas

Laura

Brea

Counselor

Premanent Mission Dom Rep Oas

Michael

Battaglia

Svp, Operations

International Coucil For Small Business

Nikou

Golchin

Edc

George Washington School Of Business

Homayoun

Khamooshi

Faculty Director Of Mspm

George Washington University

Kim

Gube

Director, Southeast Region

Global Impact

Kelsey

Oliver

Gw Student

Globemed

Mateo

Barney

Alternate Representative

Permanent Mission Of Canada To The Oas

Jackie

Broussard

Program Manager

Global Glimpse

David

Baxter

Consultant

Independent

Brittany

Mattfeld

Director, Mid-Atlantic

Global Impact

Selwin

Hart

Ambassador Of Barbados To The United States

Embassy Of Barbados

Irela

Aleman

Second Secretary

Honduras Mission To The Oas

Ivan

Shumkov

Ceo

Build Academy

Dorota

Amin

Interim Director, Corporate Relations

George Washington University

Lena

Gerber

Foreign Affairs Officer

Department Of State

Elina

Sarkisova

Independent Consultant

Self Employed

Alina

Zyszkowski

Executive Director

Azm Consulting

Rome

Hall

   

Nick

Bongiovanni

Intern

Healrworld Lcc

Kimberly

King

Ceo

One Island Institute

Maria Elisa

Gomez De Almeida

Student

George Washington University

Abigail

Woodward

Retired

State Government

Jakub

Behun

Mr.

Student

Gary

Kraiss

Program Analyst

Office Of U.S Global Aids Coordinator And Health Diplomacy

Alexander

Kostura

Partnerships Advisor

U.S Department Of State

Neeta

Bhandari

Public-Private Partnerships Specialists

Us Department Of State (Pepfar) President'S Emergency Plan For Aids Relief

Lauren

Marks

Director, Private Sector Engagement For Pepfar

State Department

Bako

Ambianda

Managing Director

Global Attain Adcancement Llc

Nobuhiko

Aoki

Deputy Director

Japan International Cooperation Agency

Xiaochen

Zhang

Ceo

Fintech4Good Group

Bill

Guyton

President

Guyton Strategies - Former Wcf

Laura

Fuller

Information Office

Un Environment

Claire

Davanne

Consultant, Mena Region

World Bank Group

Hilary

French

Program Officer

Un Environment

Lucy

Lapointe

 

Keento

Hortensia

Balla

 

Action For Hope

Kelly

Martin

 

Global Ceo Alliance

Anne

Ellersiek

 

Swp/German Institute For International And Security Affairs

Marcos

Da Silva

 

Collaborateup

Helen

Moser

 

Collaborateup

 

 

 

International Care Ministries at Global South South Development Expo

International Care Ministries at Global South South Development Expo

Mr. David Sutherland, Board Chair of International Care Ministries, will talk about the challenges and influence of civil society in global partnerships, at the Global South-South Development Expo of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to be held at Dubai World Trade Center on October 30-November 3, 2016. 

Mr. Mohd Imran of MRCB at the Global South South Development Expo

Mr. Mohd Imran of MRCB at the Global South South Development Expo

Mr. Imran is part of the Global CEO Alliance Regional Network and will be participating at the Global South-South Development Expo of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to be held at Dubai World Trade Center on October 30-November 3, 2016. 

Mr. Imran was appointed to the Board of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) on March 2015, and currently serves as its Executive Director. He holds a Degree in Electrical and Electronics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom (UK) and a Masters in Commerce from Deakin University, Australia. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, UK. He is also a member of the Institute of Value Management of Malaysia and The International Real Estate Federation, Malaysia.

He has consolidated a large portfolio of property projects under MRCB, a leading urban property and construction company in Malaysia. MRCB has been listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia since 1971. MRCB Group’s activities span four areas: Property Development & Investment, Engineering, Construction & Environment, Facilities Management, and Infrastructure and Concession. Apart from its commercial and residential development, MRCB’s Engineering, Construction & Environment Division also has a track record of developing highways, rail infrastructure, high voltage power transmission projects and the rehabilitation of rivers and coastal areas.

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee at the Global South South Development Expo

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee at the Global South South Development Expo

Engr. Sobhi Batterjee is part of the Global CEO Alliance Regional Network and will be participating at the Global South-South Development Expo of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), to be held at the Dubai World Trade Center on October 30- November 3, 2016. He will talk about the about the challenges and influence of the private sector on global partnerships at the Expo.

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee is the Chairman of the Middle East Healthcare Company (MEAHCO), which owns and operates the Saudi German Hospitals (SGH). Under his leadership, MEAHCO has become the leading healthcare company in the Middle East, establishing a wide geographical footprint. SGH has branches in Jeddah, Riyadh, Madinah and Aseer.

He is one of the most dynamic and recognized private healthcare leaders in the Middle East and North Africa region. In 2016, he was given recognition as the Healthcare CEO of the Year at the CEO Middle East Awards. Engr. Batterjee served as Chairman of the National Health Committee at the National Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh and likewise as Chairman of the Jeddah Health Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.

About Us

About Us

The Shifting Landscape

Environmental, social, and governance challenges have changed the global landscape. Global affairs, environmental protection, and human welfare have become increasingly interconnected, prompting the involvement of organizations from every sector to contribute towards sustainable development. The need for a more collaborative, systematic, and well-informed response is needed now more than ever.

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the 193 member states of the United Nations is a historic call to action. The 2030 Agenda identified a set of 17 goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide countries with global development priorities towards the eradication of poverty, protection of the planet, and the promotion of prosperity for all.

 

An Alliance for Sustainability Shared

Throughout the years the private sector has acted as platforms for change as it continues to change the way people live. It is because of this influence that leaders in business are called to participate in this movement towards a better world.

The Global CEO Alliance brings together private sector leaders and players to focus attention on sustainable development; and provides them with a Technology and Decision-Making Platform so that they can create real impact and change.

It was established to drive the collective effort of the private sector, with the support and encouragement from the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, the UN Social Impact Fund and the UN Global Compact Office.  Together, the GCEOA and these UN agencies will endeavor to create and sustain enabling environments for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The Alliance is founded by Mr. James M. Donovan, Group CEO of ADEC Innovations – a business intelligence company that designs, develops and delivers a diverse data management and technology portfolio of Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) solutions. Mr. Donovan currently sits as Chairman of the GCEOA.

Currently, the Alliance operates in different regions of North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa, West Asia and Asia Pacific. It is structured to encourage inclusive participation and ensure representation of both global and localized challenges, issues and requirements on sustainable development.

With the right approach and inclusive framework, an effective technological platform and an active multi-stakeholder commitment and participation, the GCEOA, guided by the principle of Sustainability Shared, believes that sustainable development can be achieved.

James Donovan

James Donovan

Founder and Chairman of Global CEO Alliance

CEO - ADEC Innovations

Mr. James Donovan is an entrepreneur focused on impact investing that generates measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial return. He has invested in the areas of sustainability, health information management, knowledge management, technology and data management. He leads ADEC Innovations, an impact investing company that designs, develops and delivers diverse data management and technology portfolio of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) solutions.

For his lifetime dedication to redefining and delivering ESG solutions, Mr. Donovan received the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation Visionary Award in 2014. He was also assigned to be the team lead for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Environment Outlook 6 Data Fabric Task Force, which aims to design and develop the Big Data processes and framework that could be expanded to cover all of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Concurrently, he is the chairman of the Global CEO Alliance, a multi-stakeholder partnership of chief executives, governments and individuals rallying towards investments that will bring about the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. He recently founded the ADEC Innovations Foundation, his organization's non-profit social impact arm, to support his goal.

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee

Chairman - Middle East Healthcare Company (MEAHCO), Saudi German Hospitals

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee is the Chairman of MEAHCO, which owns the Saudi German Hospitals. Under his leadership, MEAHCO has established itself as the leading healthcare company in the Middle East with a wide geographical footprint. He is one of the most dynamic and recognized private healthcare leaders in the MENA region. In 2016, he was awarded as the Healthcare CEO of the Year at the CEO Middle East Awards. Engr. Batterjee also served as a Chairman for the National Health Committee at the National Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh and for the Jeddah Health Committee at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Francisco

Robert Francisco

President - First Carbon Solutions International

With over 25 years of experience, Robert oversees the First Carbon Solutions (FCS) North America and Europe business, fostering sustainable practices and aiding organizations in integrating Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) solutions in their operations. He works in close collaboration with the public, private and non-government sectors in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He also leads the global programs including the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the Bangladesh Accord, and Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC).

After serving as an infantry platoon leader of the United States Marine Corps, he pursued Environmental Science, major in Biological Sciences, at the California State University in Sacramento and later on specialized in wildlife and habitat, focusing on wetland mitigation, restoration and regulatory compliance under the United States Clean Water Act and National Historical Preservation Act. He authored various articles on vernal pool creation, streambed restoration, and habitat assessment. He headed the regulatory compliance group and provided frequent lecture on the Clean Water Act in California. He is the former Northern California Regional Director and Principal of ICF/Jones & Stokes (previously known as Jones & Stokes Associates) and former Chief Operating Officer of Michael Brandman Associates (MBA) which FCS acquired in 2012.

Josimar Henrique da Silva

Josimar Henrique da Silva

Founder, CEO, and President - Hebron

Born in Palmares, countryside of Pernambuco, state at Brazilian’s Northeast region, Josimar Henrique da Silva started working very early, while a young boy, helping his father, a sales person at the city’s public market. At 14, he worked as a salesperson at a Fabric store, after that he was hired to work at a local radio station (Radio Liberdade de Caruaru), sharing his time and schedule among the station and the county’s public school. From broadcaster he became an assistant at an accountancy officer where he discovered a new passion for accountancy. After that experience, he worked at a local Bank ( Banco Nacional do Norte ( Banorte). However, at 21, his life changed and he took a different path: he resigned his position at the bank and went to live in a bigger city, Recife, capital of his home state. There he started a long journey at the pharmaceutical industry.

As a sales representative, supervisor, Manager and National Manager for 11 years, at Aché Laboratórios (currently Brazilian Biggest Pharmaceutical company) he came to know, closely, all the production cycle of a pharmaceutical Industry. From the daily operations at the plant, through administrative functions, external activities and sales. During that time, he travelled all over Brazil, getting even more expertise in that arena. In São Paulo, Brazilian largest and most important city, he became the person in charge of all the operations of an Italian company Aché had recently acquired: Novoterapica. While there, he had the opportunity to get in touch and deal with professors, researchers and Universities, unveiling Brazilian potential in human capital, researches and raw materials.

In charge of the National Sales Department, and after restructuring the North/Northeast branches from both companies (Aché and Novoterápica) Josimar made his toughest professional decision: he quit his job and faced the challenge of starting his own business, opening a drugs wholesaler. However, his biggest dream, having a Pharmaceutical Industry which products were developed in research partnership between scientists, Brazilian Universities and his company and made from Brazilian raw materials still took seven years to become a reality. Hebron Pharmaceutical Industry, result of his boldness and determination was built between 1985 and 1989, and started operating in January 1990.

Josimar’s role in defending and promotion the national pharmaceutical industry made him President of the board of trustees and later a chief President of ALANAC (Brazilian association of the National Industries) for two consecutive terms (2002-2004 and 2005-2006) and Board President of Febrafarma (Brazilian Federation of Pharmaceutical industries, which congregated both national and multinational companies). He was also a board member of ANVISA’s (Brazilian Health and Sanitary regulatory Agency) Consultant Council representing CNI (National Industry Confederation) (2006-2011). At ABIFINA ( Brazilian Association of Fine Chemicals, Biotechnology and specialties’ Industries) he was a Director of political affairs (2010-2012 and 2012-2014). In addition to that, was a Board President of Grupo FarmaBrasil (which congregates the Brazilian Pharmaceutical companies with expertise in research and development of new drugs) and a member of the Board of trustees of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (2006-2014). Wrote several articles and the following books: National Pharmaceutical Industry- the age of Majority (ALANAC - 2005), Dawns (Cubzac - 2008), Biotecnology and competiveness: and other ideas about drugs and pharmacological products in Brazil (Cubzac - 2011), Everyday entrepreneurship is a different ball game…(Agathos - 2013).

Mohd Imran Tan Sri Mohamad Salim

Mohd Imran Tan Sri Mohamad Salim

Executive Director - MRCB

Mr. Mohd Imran was appointed to the Board of MRCB on March 2015, and currently serves as the Executive Director. He holds a Degree in Electrical and Electronics from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom and a Masters in Commerce from Deakin University, Australia. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, UK. He is also a member of the Institute of Value Management of Malaysia.

He has amassed a large portfolio of property projects under MRCB, a leading urban property, and construction company, which has been listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia since 1971. MRCB Group’s activities span four areas: Property Development & Investment, Engineering, Construction & Environment, Facilities Management, and Infrastructure and Concession. Apart from its commercial and residential development, MRCB’s Engineering, Construction & Environment Division also has a track record of developing highways, rail infrastructure, high voltage power transmission projects, and the rehabilitation of rivers and coastal areas.

Dr. George Njenga

Dr. George Njenga

PhD, MGCI, MBA, BSc, CPA (K), Dean - Strathmore Business School

Director of Center for Sustainability Leadership - Strathmore University

Dr. George Njenga leads the business and sustainability centers of Strathmore University. He earned both his PhD in Political Philosophy and Masters in Business Administration, major in Governance and Cultural Institutions from the University of Navarra, Spain. He founded several associations and institutions including the Association of African Business Schools; African Academic Association of Entrepreneurs; Pacis Insurance Company, an Insurance Company in Kenya; Ongoza Foundation; Villgro Kenya; Institute of Healthcare Management and the Strathmore Institute of Public Policy and Governance. He is also one of the Kenyan board members of GOAL, Ireland (Kenya Chapter), which is an organization that advocates equality and human rights, and a part of other academic, business and humanitarian initiatives such as the International Academy of Management; AISES International Academy for Social and Economic Development in Italy and Bruxelles; and Public Private Initiative to fight HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

David Sutherland

David Sutherland

Ben Wilde

Ben Wilde