Unlocking Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development at the UN Conference: blog post from John Garces.

I had the incredible honour of representing the St Luke’s Business Engagement Project at the United Nations two-day conference in New York on the 8th and 9th February 2024. I participated in moderated sessions, discussing business engagement in urban environments and highlighting our impactful work with the private sector and its crucial role in achieving equality in science, technology, and innovation for socio-economic sustainable development, aligning with Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event, linked to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGIS) Assembly, provided a unique platform to showcase our collaborative efforts on a global stage. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our valued partners for their continued support, particularly Slaughter and May, for making this trip possible.

The 9th Assembly, organised by The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), emphasised the importance of science in accelerating SDGs progress, with a particular focus on SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals) and its nexus. This goal stresses the significance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in mobilising knowledge, expertise, technologies, and financial resources for sustainable development.

Participating in discussions and presentations highlighted the fundamental role partnerships, especially those established through St Luke’s Business Engagement, play in driving socio-economic development. Learning about various initiatives worldwide reinforced the SDGs’ importance in local and global contexts. The conference provided a unique networking opportunity, listening to impactful presentations and expanding my knowledge of diverse global initiatives.

Attending international conferences like this isn’t just about exchanging ideas; it’s a transformative experience that broadens perspectives, fosters personal and professional growth, and facilitates collaborations. Embracing such opportunities is integral to staying informed and making a lasting impact. I look forward to utilising the insights gained to contribute further to St Luke’s mission and the broader agenda of sustainable development.

John Garces, St Luke’s Business Engagement Manager