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The GCNSA has facilitated a private sector review of action to deliver the 2030 agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as a contribution to the National Report tothe United Nations High Level Political Forum on the 17th July 2019.



Watch: Invitation to South African Businesses

An introduction to SDG’s voluntary national review and an invitation to participate.
Please spread the word to businesses about this opportunity to collaborate on a sustainable future.

Download the VNR 2019 Participation Briefing PDF

Mandate For Private Sector Participation

The Global Compact Network South Africa (GCNSA) is working with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) to support the Presidency in the communication of how effectively South Africa Inc. is delivering the Sustainable Development Goals that underpin the 2030 Agenda for transformational change. This report is due to be delivered to the United Nations in New York in July 2019. The scope of the report includes the public sector, civil society and the private sector, with the Global Compact Network of South Africa being the partner responsible for reporting on the private sector.

The DPME, on behalf of the Presidency is asking four key questions:

  • How are businesses performing?
  • How is the Private Sector collaborating, and what is the impact?
  • How is business disclosing and communicating performance?
  • How aligned is the private sector on Sustainable Development Goal Priorities?

This is an opportunity to build a platform that unifies businesses, creating a foundation that builds solidarity, unifying private sector action with the National Development Plan, other public sector plans, as well as civil society and community initiatives.

Why Participate?

The United Nations Voluntary National Review process is a national process that will compact business, government and civil society to deliver the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the National Development Plan and Africa’s Agenda for 2063.

Transformational Impact

Unite business and government to find and strengthen initiatives that solve the key challenges facing South Africa. Collaborate on prioritised positive impact.

Show Our Growth Potential

Demonstrate a positive growth trajectory for South Africa to global stakeholders including UN members states, forums and investor platforms.

Define Opportunities

Identify and collaborate on creating a marketplace for the prioritisation of opportunities to innovate in a way that unifies private and public sector players.

Quotes from our Champions

SDG Mobilisation Plan

Time is limited. During February we will be registering participants for the process. Our current focus is to create awareness about the initiative and to ensure solid representation of the South African private sector.

Call to Action

All organisations interested are encouraged to sign up early and create awareness.

Telling Our Story

Participants work with the facilitation team on the VNR collaboration platform to input priorities and insights.

Define Opportunity

Participants collaborate on the agenda to understand synergies and to plan future action and partnerships.

Move Forward

South African VNR to the United Nations in July, followed by key mobilisation events for the South African Agenda.

Insights from Participants

Participating businesses will start the process by giving insights to the process that will shape the engagement agenda. Reporting will take place in March 2019. The information we are gathering is strategic, high level and designed to give a comparative view of priorities, challenges and opportunities. Tell your story.

More Information

Please find useful links to further information about the 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Voluntary National Review process below. Members of the United Nations Global Compact are able to access the UNGC Academy for deeper insights.

Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs →
About the 17 Sustainable Development Goals →
How to Embed the SDG's: A Toolkit →
About Voluntary National Reviews →
About the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact →
About the UN 2030 Agenda →
The UNGC Academy? →

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the questions that prospective participants are asking. If you have any further questions then please do let us know.