Making Global Goals Local Business – India

Mon, 12th June, 2017 @ Hotel Le-Meridien, New Delhi

Global Compact Network India(GCNI) hosted the Global Conference on the theme “Making Global Goals Local Business” on 26-27thApril, 2017 at Hotel Le-Meridien, New Delhi

The two-day event brought together over 350 local and global leaders to focus on how, through bold innovation, businesses can create solutions to address the challenges of sustainable development, advance responsible business practices and tap into new opportunities found within the SDGs. With less than 5,000 days left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the event aimed to mobilize responsible business actions, drive breakthrough innovation and create new market opportunities that advance the Global Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals provide a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity – a plan of action with a universal set of goals and targets that empowers us all to deliver the world that we want,Every year, as part of our Making Global Goals Local Business movement, we host a flagship regional event. This year, we are in New Delhi because India is the land of opportunity for sustainable development: If India delivers on the Global Goals we will be halfway towards the 2030 Agenda,.” said Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.

To enable business around the world to act on the SDGs, the Global Compact launched two important initiatives on the first day of the event.

The new Global Opportunity Explorer aims to be the world’s largest digital platform connects business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors with new partners, projects, markets and talents to deliver on the SDGs. Through a newBlueprint for SDG Leadership, the UN Global Compact will guide businesses on how to take concrete leadership action on each of the SDGs.

In the opening plenary, India’s Minister of State for Finance, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, said “I congratulate the Global Compact for organizing this dedicated program on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India” he continued, “The Indian government has taken bold initiatives in the last three years so as to translate our commitment to SGDs, and our visionary leader Narendra Modi is working tirelessly to achieve SDGs by 2030 in a big way….Making Global Goals Local Business is a strategy to engage business on the 2030 SDG agenda to develop innovative business models and help achieve the SDGs.”

Participants representing all sectors actively engaged in breakout sessions to generate new ideas and shape these platforms going forward, for example on breakthrough innovation, impact reporting, humanitarian action and peace, sustainable finance, low-carbon development, inclusion, decent work and sustainable living.

The event adjourned with a call to action to business leaders in India and all over the world to spread the global movement for responsible and sustainable business and to make the SDGs and 2030 Agenda a mainstream business agenda.