UN Women Swede speaker at Responsible Business Forum

As United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working together with Global Initiatives to co-organise the 5th Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, Deputy Regional Director at the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Anna-Karin Jätfors is among the invited speakers.

UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Anna-Karin Jätfors Photo: International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA)

The Swede provides programmatic and operational oversight, particularly for the East and South-East Asia project portfolio. She engages in technical advisory services and capacity-building to facilitate the development, implementation and monitoring of policies and programmes.

This year’s forum, the largest to date, is held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 22 – 24 November 2016, with focus on sustainable development. will help companies better understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the opportunities in supporting governments to achieve them.

The partnership means that the forum will bring together more than 600 leaders from business, government, UN agencies and NGOs, all working towards the goal of realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP is uniquely placed to facilitate an integrated process to accelerate and support the implementation of the SDGs.

In an innovative and highly interactive format, delegates will be connected with decision makers from business, government, investors and the development community, to forge new partnerships and scale collaborations around the global goals.

A series of 34 facilitated workshops will provide a deeper look into each of the 17 SDGs. Each SDG workshop will be held twice so that delegates can design their own RBF 2016 programme around the goals most relevant and critical to their business. Expert facilitators will introduce the goals with companies presenting case studies showing lessons from implementation. This will be followed by audience discussions around innovation and collaboration with other stakeholders.


In earlier roles Anna-Karin served as the Regional Programme Manager for Ending Violence against Women and the Asia-Pacific Campaign Manager for the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. She supported the development, implementation and monitoring of policies and programmes to prevent and respond to violence against women, and coordinated a range of networks, strategic partnerships and research initiatives.

Anna-Karin has more than 15 years’ experience working on women’s and children’s rights, combined with a background in communications and advocacy. She worked for five years with UNICEF – first as a Gender and Development Officer in New York and later as a Child Protection Specialist in Indonesia, where she worked on addressing abuse, violence and exploitation against children.

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