Produced by ESG News , May 2023

Full Interview

Usha Rao-Monari, Former Under-Secretary General, United Nations Development Programme talks to Force for Good about why the world can and must achieve the SDGs

“the three issues today are peace, inclusion and finance ...

“without peace and inclusion, finance will not go where it is needed ...

“the three pillars of the UN system are peace, humanitarian affairs and development, and so they almost completely align with the three issues facing the world today ...

“the SDGs are the investment prospectus for the world, people and planet, where to put our money to create a better world.”

Usha speaks to “Force For Good” About:

  • Why the SDGs are not being met

  • Why the world can and must meet the goals

  • The goals as an investment case

  • The public-private sector model and the importance of the UN

  • Why she remains optimistic that humanity will find the solutions

Brief Profile:

Former Under-Secretary General, United Nations Development Programme

Until July 2023, Usha Rao-Monari was the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Associate Administrator of UNDP.

Ms. Rao-Monari has over 30 years of investment experience and has held several senior positions, particularly in the infrastructure area. She previously served as Senior Adviser to Blackstone’s Infrastructure Group, as Chief Executive Officer of Global Water Development Partners, a Blackstone portfolio company, and held several senior positions, notably as Director of the Sustainable Business Advisory Group at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group.

She has until recently served on the Boards of a number of organisations in the field of sustainable development and has held a number of Board and advisory positions in the areas of water, natural capital, biodiversity and environment.

Ms. Rao-Monari holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Finance, School of International and Public Affairs/School of Business, Columbia University, New York, a Master’s degree in Management Studies, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai, India and a B.A. Honors Economics, Delhi University, New Delhi.