On 19 February 2019, the Permanent Mission of
the Republic of Korea and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Turkey
jointly hosted the 7th meeting of the Group of Friends of SDG10
(Reducing inequalities). The Group of Friends of SDG10 was launched in May 2016
under the leadership and initiative of the Republic of Korea.
The 7th meeting of the Group was
held under the theme “The Role of the Private Sector to Reduce Inequality within and among
Countries.” Representatives from the private sector,
academia, the UN Global Compact, as well as around 60 Ambassadors and delegates
from various UN Permanent Missions based in New York were present to discuss
Experts from private companies, namely, Citi
Group, Samsung Electronics America, and Nielson, introduced each company’s
programs for reducing inequality such as providing training opportunities to
local youth and strengthening investment in women in developing countries.
Participants also emphasized the importance of scaled-up partnerships between
governments and private sector (PPP).
At this meeting, Ambassador Cho drew attention
to the fact that SDG10 will be reviewed at the HLPF this year, underscoring the
need for renewed efforts to raise the profile of SDG10 and to increase the participation
of all stakeholders in its implementation. Following the proposal by the
Republic of Korea, the Group of Friends of SDG10 decided to submit an input, a
summary report of the Group’s seven past meetings, which is expected
to make substantive contributions to the HLPF to be held this July.