The last few decades have made it clear that economic development can no longer be viewed in isolation from environmental protection and social progress. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015 is a remarkable opportunity to reshape the global economy and make it more sustainable and inclusive. This requires multi-stakeholder partnerships nationally and internationally. The global community has drawn a plan of action to achieve the equilibrium of economic, social, and environmental sustainability envisioned by the United Nations.
Now as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) move from pledges to practice, a much wider and better-informed deliberation is needed around how business and governments can add the most value for a purposeful shift towards inclusive growth.
The two-days of the 12th Sustainability Summit will have several tracks focussing on climate change, technology revolution, business responsibility and circular economy. These tracks will see further deliberations on energy, agriculture, NDCs, water, health & nutrition, cashless economy, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, business ethics, sustainable mining, responsible consumption & production, waste management, biodiversity, and circular cities.
It is with this background, that the theme for the 12th Sustainability Summit is ‘2030 Agenda: Driving Inclusive Growth’.