New Delhi, 15th -16th December 2021: UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI) – The local arm of United Nations Global Compact, New York, announced that the 16th National Convention is scheduled to be held hon December 15-16, 2021. The Convention will have participants from business including CEOs, CXOs, Heads of Corporate organizations from Public and Private Sector, and also, representatives from Academia, Civil Society and UN entities from across India.
‘Target 2030: Assess, Act, Accelerate’ is the theme for the year 2021 and the objective is to assess, act and accelerate to achieve the SDG Target of 2030; which stays connected to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its allied mechanisms and figures out solutions from the Governments, private sector, not-for-profits and communities at large, which in turn can contribute towards creating an ecosystem around building safer workplaces & an empowering culture.
The pandemic presents enormous challenges for reaching the 2030 Agenda and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a roadmap for humanity and encompass almost every aspect of human and planetary wellbeing and, if met, will provide a stable and prosperous life for every person, and ensure the health of the planet. The National Convention will provide a platform to highlight issues related to SDGs in India and discuss ways to overcome these concerns. Over 2000 representatives from Public & Private Sector, Industry, policy makers, Civil Society Organizations, Academia & UN agencies, are likely to participate in the event. The two-day Convention has been divided into various sessions which include Role of Finance in scaling SDGs, Role of Innovation & ecosystem partnerships in scaling SDGs, Driving Net Zero Acceleration, Scaling Renewables, Responsible production, consumption, and circular economy, C-Suite imperatives to Assess, Act & Accelerate SDGs and Youth-centric approaches for achieving SDGs.
Key takeaways from the event will be:
I. Uncover opportunities to drive self-reliant, resilient, and sustainable economic growth
II. Understand perspective of the youth on how they think about SDGs, what according to them is needed to be done to speed up to the target 2030.
III. Identify innovative solutions to drive SDG ambition in the wake of business disruption caused by COVID
IV. Discover relevant technologies and solutions through sustainable and inclusive business modelsthat can help companies grow.
V. Share the work and experiences by some of the leading companies that demonstrate how their business helps to advance sustainable development, both by minimizing negative impacts and maximizing positive impacts on people and the planet.
Some eminent personalities gracing the event will be Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Union Minister for Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India; Mr. Subhash Kumar, President, UN GCNI & CMD, ONGC Group of Companies; Dr. Alka Mittal, Convener, UN GCNI 16th NC & Director, HR (ONGC); Mr. Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Ms. Sue Allchurch, Chief of Outreach and Engagement, UNGC; Mr. Mahendra Singhi, MD & CEO, Dalmia Cement.
The list also includes Mr. B.V.R Mohan Reddy Founder Chairman and Board member, Cyient & Member, YuWaah Advisory Board, Ms. Vaishali Sinha, Founding Chair, ReNew Foundation; & CSO, ReNew Power, Mr. Vishvesh Prabhakar, MD – Growth & Strategy – Sustainability, Accenture; Mr. Joe Phelan, Director, WBCSD; Mr. Karanraj Chaudri, Advisor, SDG & Innovative Finance, South Asia, UNDP; Mr. Ranjan Mohapatra, Director (HR), IOCL; Mr. Anurag Pratap, Vice President & CSR Leader, Capgemini; Ms. Dhuwarakha Sriram, UNICEF India’s Child Protection/Adolescent Specialist; Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Executive Director, UN GCNI amongst others will attend the event