Violent conflict and instability disrupt markets and societies. In 2014, global economic losses due to violent conflict amounted to over US$9.8 trillion. . . . Businesses can be a powerful convener for bringing people together across national and cultural lines. They can create relationships based on a shared sense of identity and purpose, overcoming differences that, in the wider society, are more difficult to surmount. —UN Global Compact
BUSINESS LEADERS, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, NGO leaders, and entrepreneurs met at the Global Peace Convention 2017 to examine the critical, yet often unrecognized role of private sector business and economic development in poverty reduction, sustainable development, and regional stability. The UN’s embrace of the private sector Global Compact to accomplish its 2030 Agenda for sustainable development provided a perfect backdrop for the Business and Economic Forums at the Convention.
“If centuries ago, trade was a reason to provoke war, today, because international relations are such, it is conversely a tool for peace.”
—Dato Latt Shariman Abdullah, Founding President, e-Sports Malaysia