Sustainable Development Goals: Two Years On - International Conference
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 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 and implement the goals, but also to take its execution as a business opportunity. In fact, the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, in its Better Business, Better World report, puts the "SDGs Prize" at more than $12 trillion a year, about 10% of world GDP in 2030. In Spain alone and despite its high level of development, we estimate that this value would be at least €80 billion per year, or approximately 6% of the GDP.
These big numbers translate the investment challenge. The good news is that never before in the world's history there was so much capital available for investment at so low interest rates. The real challenge is to put the SDGs into practice through good projects and initiatives.
How are the SDGs being financed and implemented globally and in Spain?
To answer this and other questions and to celebrate the second year of the SDGs, SUST4IN is organizing the Conference Sustainable Development Objectives "Two Years On" in Madrid on 26 September 2017 with high-level speakers from the public and private sectors, including companies with global impacts. The conference aims to confirm and expand the success of the SDGs: One Year On conference organized in 2016, when Prof Jeffrey Sachs and Cristina Narbona, former Spanish Minister of Environment, were our keynote speakers.
CONFIRMED: This year we have the privilege and honour to have Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and President of the World Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), as well as Miguel Ángel Moratinos, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and President of REDS/UN SDSN-Spain, as our keynote speakers. Plus other confirmed speakers from the following organizations: Bankia, BBVA, DNV GL, Comunidad de Madrid, Forética, Iberdrola, Repsol, Spainsif, Spanish Climate Change Office, Spanish Green Growth Group, Telefónica, and others.
Keynote speaker: Miguel Ángel Moratinos
Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé has committed his professional and political activity to international relationships and development cooperation. He graduated in Law and Political Sciences at the University Complutense in Madrid, and then in Diplomatic Studies at the Spanish Diplomatic School. He entered Spain’s diplomatic service in 1977.
He was appointed by the European Union as EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, from 1996 to 2003. From 2004 until 2010 he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, where he held the presidency of the United Nations Security Council and the chairmanships in-office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the Council of the European Union. From 2012 to 2013 he was member of the high level advisory panel of the president of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Since 2011, he teaches at Sciences Po Paris. Actually he promotes the signature of the International Treaty for a Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar, he is Honorary Chairman of the CIRSD Board of Advisers (Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development), Senior Advisor of Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and President of the UN SDSN Spanish Network, REDS.
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Keynote speaker: Paul Polman
Paul Polman has been the CEO of Unilever since January 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has an ambitious vision to fully decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
Paul has been closely involved in global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, Paul was asked by the UN Secretary-General to be a member of the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, Paul served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations on the SDGs on behalf of the private sector. He is a member of the newly formed Business and Sustainable Development Commission.
Paul actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement sustainable business strategies and drive systemic change. He is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a member of the B Team and sits on the Board of the UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum, where he co-chairs the Sustainability Committee.
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