2017 Global Forum on Development

Working together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

 5 April 2017

 OECD Conference Centre, Paris  


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08:00-09:00 Registration and welcome coffee
09:00-10:30 Opening Session
  Broad and bold partnerships between governmental and non-governmental actors are instrumental to make sure no one is left behind. Resources, expertise and innovative solutions are among the incredible assets the private sector brings to their partnerships. Now is the time to explore what already is working, what can be further catalysed and what the OECD can do to optimise the private sector’s role in advancing sustainable development.    

Welcome address

Keynote speeches

Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD

Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

Amy Jadesimi, Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics

Alain Papiasse, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, BNP Paribas 

10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Session 1 – Financing the SDGs: How to make it happen?
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Session 2: How can Small and Medium-sized enterprises help in achieving the SDGs?
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  Private sector resources need to be significantly mobilised to achieve sustainable development, as so far only a small amount of worldwide assets is invested in sectors critical to the SDGs. This Session will explore innovative development finance tools, including blended finance, from a policy perspective. Participants will explore how OECD and non-OECD countries can play a catalytic role alongside investors and companies in order to ensure optimal outcomes. The SDGs recognise the role of SMEs in promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, as well as decent work for all (SDGs 8 and 9). This session will shed light on the role of entrepreneurs in the achievement of the SDGs and the importance of creating conducive “ecosystems”. Participants will discuss, among other issues, smart regulation options to foster SMEs’ development.

Panel discussion 

Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Dessima Williams
, Special Adviser on the Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations

Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Nanno Kleiterp, Chairman, European Development Finance Institutions

David Croft, Chair,  BIAC Development Committee

Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director, Development Initiatives

Carolina Castro, Undersecretary of Policy and Management of SMEs, Argentina

Rami Ahmad, Senior Advisor to the President and Special Envoy on SDGs, Islamic Development Bank

David Landsman, Executive Director, Tata Limited

Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism, OECD 


Concluding remarks

Vineet Rai, Chairman and Co-founder, Aavishkaar Intellecap Group

Jorge Moreira da Silva, Director, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD

Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development




12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Session 3: Public-private dialogue in support of better national policies and the SDGs
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Session 4: Delivering sustainable urbanisation in Africa: the role of the private sector
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  The private sector, from SMEs to large corporations, is increasingly embracing the sustainable development agenda. A smart mix of incentives and policies is needed to further stimulate such action. Participants will discuss new avenues to promote public private dialogue and explore efforts made by governments to support effective partnerships in developing countries that encourage private investment to achieve the SDGs.

Given the fast pace of Africa’s urbanisation, it is urgent to make it more environment-friendly and less resource-consuming. Discussions will bring together representatives from the private sector and African policymakers to share views and experiences on how the private sector can contribute to address the demand for low-carbon, climate-resilient urban infrastructure in Africa.

Panel discussion

Malin Ripa, Senior Vice President, Volvo Group

Thomas Lösler,
Head of Group Compliance, Allianz SE

Martin Short, CEO of the Power of Nutrition and former Managing Director, Lion’s Head Global Partners and UBS

Andrew Mitchell, Former UK Secretary of State for International Development, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom

Ulises Canchola Gutierrez, Director-General for Economic Relations, AMEXCID, Mexico

Vitalice Meja, Executive Director, Reality of Aid Africa

Ahmed Aziz Diallo, Mayor of Dori and Member of Parliament, Burkina Faso

Zeenith Ebrahim, Chief Executive Officer, General Electric South Africa Technologies

Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair, Management Board, German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ)

Rachel Moussié, Acting Deputy Director, Social Protection Programme, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)


Julie Gichuru, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arimus Media Limited 

Adrienne Klasa, Editor, This is Africa, Financial Times




15:45-17:00 Closing Session
  During this closing session, key messages and concrete suggestions from the previous discussions will be presented, to allow participants to discuss a way forward and agree on key messages.

Chair  Douglas Frantz, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Panel discussion

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Chair, Development Assistance Committee, OECD

Pierre Duquesne, Chair, Governing Board, OECD Development Centre

Jeremy Oppenheim
, Programme Director, Business and Sustainable Development Commission