11 May 2017
Making Global Goals Local Business – India

Bringing together over 300 local and global business, finance, civil society, government society leaders to develop innovative business models for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Global Compact pulled together a highly successful two-day event for its regional flagship event Making Global Goals Local Business – India in New Delhi.

With less than 5,000 days left to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the event aims to mobilise responsible business actions, drive breakthrough innovation and create new market opportunities that advance the Global Goals.

The SDGs 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, says CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Lise Kingo.

“Every year, as part of our Making Global Goals Local Business movement, we host a flagship regional event,” she said.

“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.”

To enable businesses around the world to take action on the SDGs, the UN Global Compact launched two important initiatives on the first day of the event: The new Global Opportunity Explorer and a new Blueprint for SDG Leadership.

The 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.

When officially launched at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in September 2017, the Blueprint will serve as a foundational document for Global Compact participants to use to align their strategies, goals and targets to support the achievement of the SDGs.

Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network India Kamal Singh said they were extremely honoured to bring a global platform to India to showcase local businesses and innovations around SDGs.

“With the launch of this two-day event, we have set a mission of providing a blueprint for forward-thinking,” he said.

“This gives Indian businesses an opportunity to succeed in implementing Global Goals and innovate the SDGs in the local context.”

Representing the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme in Delhi, Cities Programme Chair Michael Nolan said he was delighted to act as moderator for the plenary session on Governance, Ethics and Transparency for ensuring Safe and Sustainable Cities (SDG 11) and have the opportunity to promote the upcoming world-first initiative: Multi-Partner Implementation Facility for Sustainable Urban Development – also termed City Partnerships.

The UN Global Compact also outlined the breakthrough innovation and systemic solutions needed to meet the Global Goals by 2030 and will launch the 2017 series of the Global Compact SDG Pioneers campaign at the closing plenary.