Unleashing the Power of the Private Sector for the 2030 Agenda

This course introduces participants to the different types of private sector entities and demonstrates how strategically engaging with these entities can help implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


2030 Agenda
SDG17: Partnerships for the goals
Private Sector for the 2030 Agenda
2030 Agenda
engaging stakeholders
private sector

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is unprecedented in its scope and ambition. The UN and governments have neither the reach nor the resources to implement it alone. Engagement, especially with the private sector, is imperative for the 2030 Agenda to succeed.

With its unparalleled reach, the private sector has the capacity to be a key driver to achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and in some cases is already performing this role. The UN and its Member States must seize the opportunity to form strategic partnerships with private sector entities and advocate for businesses to embrace sustainable development in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Moreover, the 2030 Agenda offers the private sector numerous opportunities to access new markets and institutional investment, estimated at about $12 trillion by 2030 while adding 380 million new jobs. This in itself is a compelling argument for the private sector and governments to work together to make the 2030 Agenda a reality.

Target Audience

UN staff, especially partnership specialists and officers. Development practitioners from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the need to engage with the private sector for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
  • Demonstrate familiarity with frameworks and tools to develop partnerships with the private sector
  • Appreciate the importance of due diligence before pursuing engagement
  • Acquire the ability to articulate the need for and advocate for enhanced private sector engagement in achieving the 2030 Agenda