September 29, 2010
On September 22, Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, Vice Chairman, Sony Corporation, participated in the 2010 United Nations (UN) Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The forum was held in New York, United States during the UN MDGs Summit (from September 20 to 22) in conjunction with the UN General Assembly. It was chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and included approximately 300 Heads of State and Government, chief executives, civil society leaders, and Heads of UN Agencies.
During the forum, Dr. Chubachi participated in the "Access to Education through Innovative ICT" roundtable thematic discussion. As a member of the private sector, he discussed the importance of public-private partnerships and the necessity of inclusive growth that involves the socially marginalized, while laying emphasis on 2015 as the timeframe for achieving the MDGs. He also mentioned the potential for contributions from leveraging the technology, human resources, and global networks that Sony uniquely possesses.
The UN MDGs* are eight international development goals that were set forth by the UN with 2015 set as the timeframe for their achievement.
Despite the fact that there are only five years until 2015 in which the goals are to be achieved, the results have been uneven. In order to bridge the gaps that still exist, vigorous discussions were held at the Private Sector Forum by companies in the private sector, which are expected to be the critical drivers of technical innovation, investment, and job creation.