The global fertilizer industry participates in the last stretch of SDG negotiations and celebrates UN Global Compact’s 15th Anniversary

   

New York, USA, 25 June 2015 – A delegation representing the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) led by IFA Chairman and Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery and including IFA Ambassador Tip O’Neill, CEO of International Raw Materials Ltd (IRM) was present in New York for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) negotiations and the United Nations Global Compact 15th Anniversary. 

Dr. Jawahery relayed the ongoing commitment of the global fertilizer industry to participate in the post-2015 multilateral process by contributing its expertise to the development of indicators to track progress on the existing 17 goals and 169 targets. Speaking during the Plenary for Major Groups, the IFA Chairman commended the SDG co-facilitators Ambassador Donoghue (Ireland) and Ambassador Kamau (Kenya) for “the unprecedented level of inclusiveness in the negotiations process which ensure ownership and legitimacy of the agenda across the board and motivate business and industry to commit to advancing the goals at both global as well as regional and national levels.” Dr. Jawahery expressed the industry’s appreciation for the existing outcome document and encouraged a stronger focus on issues of land degradation and nutrient depletion in upcoming iterations of the document.

Dr. Jawahery also spoke during a joint International Chamber of Commerce and UN Global Compact event on the role of business and trade associations in fostering sustainable development. The IFA Chairman stressed that “working in silos is not possible anymore and that the three Ps of public-private partnerships can pave the way to the other three Ps evoked in the zero draft of the outcome document, namely planet, people and prosperity.” Dr. Jawahery went on to explain why IFA has such a long-standing relationship with the UN system and highlighted the role of associations in informing and incentivizing their members to participate in and contribute to the multilateral arena.

Building on IFA’s good relations with country missions, the fertilizer industry delegation also met with the permanent representatives of Denmark, Brazil, Benin, Norway, Kenya and Ireland, informing them of IFA’s participation in the upcoming Financing for Development (FfD) conference in Addis Ababa and reiterating the fertilizer industry’s ongoing keenness to contribute its expertise in areas such as soil health, micronutrients, smallholders’ and women’s access to inputs, and fertilizer supply chain strengthening.

Under the motto “Business as a source for good”, Dr. Jawahery joined over 500 other CEOs in a historic session at the UN General Assembly presided over by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and outgoing Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell which took stock of the progress made in involving the private sector in UN processes and expounded ways forward for the next 15 years under the leadership of incoming UNGC Executive Director, Ms. Lise Kingo. IFA has been a member of the Compact since 2014, while GPIC joined the Compact in 2012.

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Notes to Editors


The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) is a trade association representing the global fertilizer industry, which provides the crop nutrients that allow farmers everywhere to meet the world's growing food, feed, fiber and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner. IFA member companies represent all activities related to the production and distribution of every type of fertilizer, their raw materials and intermediates. IFA’s membership also includes organizations involved in agronomic research and training. IFA has some 550 members in about 86 countries. 

 

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption and to take steps to support UN goals. Launched in 1999 by the UN Secretary General Kofi Anan, the UNGC is the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative with over ten thousand participants in over 150 countries.

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