UN officials highlight key role of entrepreneurs in addressing development issues

Jose Manuel Salazar, Executive Director Employment Sector, ILO, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Martin Bruncko, Senior Director, World Economic Forum, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Emmanuel Hategeka, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda, addresses the thematic debate. Photo/Rick Bajornas Fred Hu, Founder, Primavera Capital Group, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Salvador Paiz, Special Envoy of the National Competitiveness Program of Guatemala, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Professor Dan Shechtman, Nobel Prize Laureate, Professor at Technion Institute of Technology, Israel, addresses the thematic debate. Photo/Rick Bajornas Inderjit Singh, Member of Parliament of Singapore, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Rita Cosby, Moderator of the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Sherry Tross, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, OAS, addresses the thematic debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Supporting young entrepreneurs is essential to tackling the world’s most pressing challenges and launching a new era of global engagement, senior United Nations officials said today, urging Governments to foster enabling business environments to help achieve sustainable development. “[Entrepreneurs] must be encouraged to stand at the frontline of socio-economic change, in the service of sustainable development,” the President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremić, said at the Thematic Debate on Entrepreneurship for Development in New York. “They are the ones who are often best placed to take the first crucial steps towards breaking the cycle of poverty in their surroundings.” Mr. Jeremić pointed that at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held last year in Brazil, countries recognized that Governments alone would not be able to achieve all commitments on sustainable development, and that the contribution of civil society and the private sector was crucial to innovation. “I believe Governments should see the promotion of socially-conscious entrepreneurial spirit as a basic duty,” he said, adding that entrepreneurs must be given the means to leverage new technologies that will help move away from an economy that depends on carbon-based energy systems. Entrepreneurs will also be able to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda, Mr. Jeremić said, through public-private partnerships that focus on improving the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged people. “I believe the post-2015 agenda will largely stand or fall on whether Governments will be able to work together with individuals who embody the spirit of socially-responsible entrepreneurship,” he said. “Our goal must be to establish a new form of global engagement.” ‹ › In his remarks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the importance of supporting young entrepreneurs, many of whom are currently facing an economic crisis in their countries. “This year, some 73 million young people will be unemployed. Between 2016 and 2030, an estimated 425 million young women and men will join the labour force between 2016 and 2030. That means the world will need about half a billion jobs by then,” Mr. Ban told participants. “To help meet this challenge, we should encourage, educate and empower young entrepreneurs.” Countries should focus not just on creating better conditions for entrepreneurship but also invest in education and nurture young people, Mr. Ban said, adding that they will be the ones creating jobs and innovative solutions in the future. “I call on all partners to support youth entrepreneurship, self-employment and youth-led businesses. The United Nations system will do its part. Our Global Compact initiative will continue mobilizing and supporting young entrepreneurs in advancing a more sustainable future,” he said, adding that the World Bank, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Capital Development fund are also working to foster youth entrepreneurship. read more

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2019-10-02

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Athlete dies swimming the Channel during 300mile megatriathlon from London to Paris

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. DOVER: A man in his 40s, named by friends as Douglas Waymark, died after attempting to swim the Channel last night. He became unwell midway. pic.twitter.com/GCOEMxZWBm— Kent 999s (@Kent_999s) August 8, 2017 A man has died after a boat sank in the English Channel off the Sussex coastCredit:Oliver Button/PA Mr Waymark completed the Seven Summits challenge in 2009, which involves climbing the tallest mountain on every continent, including Mount Everest and Kilimanjaro.Graham Fletcher said: “For all those following the recent updates, Douglas Waymark has not completed his Channel swim.”Last night he felt he could no longer continue his quest and swam to the boat supporting him. A swimmer who died attempting to swim across the English Channel has been named as Douglas Waymark.The endurance athlete, 44, was taking part in a 300-mile mega-triathlon from Marble Arch in Central London to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe.He had already had run from London to Dover before attempting the crossing, but struggled during the swim and later collapsed.center_img “He passed out and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Ashford. At around midnight, he sadly died.”We are all devastated but take comfort in him doing what he loved best to the very end.”I have spoken to Douglas’s sister and sent the condolences of the whole club for the tragic passing of Douglas to his family.”All of us who knew Douglas Waymark will have so many memories of him and shared some great times with him.”I am, as i’m sure you will be devastated by the news this morning.” Mr Waymark has previously completed ten triathlons in as many days, and once cycled 200 miles in the Cotswolds to create GPS artwork of a kite.He once attempted to tackle ‘The World’s Toughest Triathlon’ – a 2.5-mile swim in Llyn Padarn, near Snowdonia, a 116-mile bike ride and a 25-mile run up Mount Snowdon.Sister Jo Ikel also paid tribute to her late partner on Facebook.She said: “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do and throwing everything at it.”I am so proud of everything he achieved.”The Arch to Arc event costs £3000 to enter and is held by Enduroman Ultra Events, with just 25 people having completed it before. A man has died after a boat sank in the English Channel off the Sussex coastlast_img read more

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2019-09-25

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