Keynote speaker: Dr. Cristina Narbona
Cristina Narbona is a former Environment Minister of Spain. At the beginning of 2013, she left her seat in the National Congress of Deputies (the lower house of parliament) to become Counselor of the Nuclear Safety Council of Spain. She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Rome, and was a Professor at the University of Seville for seven years. Her political career began in the regional government of Andalusia, where she was appointed Deputy Minister of Economics in 1982. Subsequently she took up the posts of Director General of Housing in the Ministry of Public Works in 1991, and Secretary of State for the Environment and Housing in 1993. Dr Narbona was elected to the national Congress of Deputies for Almería in 1996, and in 1999 she became a councillor on Madrid City Council. Between 2004 and 2008 she served as Environment Minister, where she prioritised policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop renewable energy, and promoted linkages between social and environmental programmes. In 2008 she moved to Paris to become Spain’s Ambassador to the OECD. Dr Narbona has served as a member of both the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability and the High-Level Taskforce for Climate Services of the World Meteorological Organisation. She also served as a member of the Global Ocean Commission and is currently a member of the Spanish Network for sustainable Development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were unanimously adopted by 193 countries on 25 September 2015
in New York.
The 17 Goals, part of the 2030 Agenda, are an evolution of the partially successful Millennium Development Goals as they are more balanced between environmental, social and economic needs. They are also more inclusive: developed countries and the private sector are now called to actively contribute, implement the goals, but also to take its execution as a business opportunity. In fact, the latest estimate by the UNCTAD put the total investment needed in developing countries alone in the order of USD 3.3 to 4.5 trillion yearly to achieve the SDGs.
The huge numbers translate the investment challenge. The good news is that never before in history the world had so much capital available for investment in a very low interest rate scenario. The real challenge is to implement the SDGs through good projects and initiatives.
How Spain and its companies are implementing the SDGs?
To answer this and other questions, SUST4IN is organizing the Conference Sustainable Development Goals “One Year On” in Madrid on 22 September, with high level speakers from various companies and other organizations.
The conference is structured with an introduction to the SDGs, an assessment of the global, Spain and its private sector progress, then move to practical cases from leading international companies and end with a round table to discuss the way forward.
The conference is also an affiliated event to the International Conference on Sustainable Development
(ICSD) being held at Columbia University in New York City on 21-22 September.
The implementation clock started a year ago, or officially on 1st January. Now it is time to act. As the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on the very day of the SDGs adoption: “The true test of commitment to Agenda 2030 will be implementation. We need action from everyone, everywhere. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our guide. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”
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