Making Global Goals Local Business Meets In New Delhi, Issues Call For Action
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Time is precious and innovation is key. These were two of the key messages delivered at the two-day meeting the United Nations Global Compact recently hosted in New Delhi. The event was attended by more than 300 local and global leaders of various sectors in business, finance, civil society and government.
The event is part of a campaign called Making Global Goals Local Business and it focused on the opportunities that breakthrough technology can promote to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Making Global Goals Local was launched in 2016 to help companies see both their responsibilities and opportunities around the SDGs globally and on the ground through the 70+ Global Compact Local Networks.
During the event, participants could interact in breakout sessions designed as laboratories to generate ideas and advance platforms on innovation, impact reporting, humanitarian action and peace, sustainable finance, low-carbon development, inclusion, decent work and sustainable living.
The event was also used by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission to release its Better Business, Better World - India country report. The report that SDGs open up at least US$1 trillion of market opportunity for the private sector in India infour key areas: food and agriculture, energy, cities and health. It adds that more than 72 million new jobs could be created in India by 2030.
The program also included a session co-hosted by the UN Global Compact, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), World Resources Institute (WRI), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where they presented insights on the Science-Based Targets initiative, which makes the case for companies to ser science-based targets so they can specify how much and how quickly they need to reduce their GHG emissions.
The overall message to the participants is that they should help make SDGs the business norm around the world, and not waste time as time is 'of the essence'.
For more information, visit the event's website.