SHAPING THE WORLD IN 2030: PARTNERSHIPS FOR SDG ACTION
The formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 was a pivotal moment in acknowledging the role that businesses will play in addressing the world’s social, economic and environmental challenges. Now, all stakeholders in development need to move beyond the theory and articulate clear pathways to achieving those goals.
The United Nations Development Programme and Global Initiatives will host the annual Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, held again at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 10 - 12 October 2018. This year’s forum will be the largest gathering on the Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia Pacific region with more than 700 delegates from global governments, civil society and businesses.
The format of the forum has been transformed in order to move beyond the theory and articulate clear pathways to achieving those goals. Instead of having parallel sessions of all 17 SGDs, five keystone workstreams (critical to the attainment of the SDGs) have been carefully chosen:
Climate action, Urbanisation, Circular economy, Human rights and Food & nutrition.
Each workstream will incorporate inputs on the cross-cutting themes of business, youth, gender, technology, finance and policy, and seek practical, innovative and collaborative approaches to these most compelling issues through a new ‘laboratory format’. Crucially, at the end of the Forum participants will commit to measurable, ambitious outcomes as a benchmark for future success.