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Monday, 18 April 2016 Written by 

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the Business Sector in Israel

On April 12 SID-Israel, together with the leading consulting agency for corporate responsibility, planning and management - Good Vision, held a first-of-its-kind event entitled: The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the Business Sector in Israel.

The purpose of the event was to bring together representatives from the ministry of foreign affairs, the ministry of environmental protection, civil society organizations, and senior figures from different high profile corporations such as Stauss Group,El-Al, Unilever Israel, Shikun and Binui, Arison group, and many more for a joint discussion regarding the business sector’s involvement in, and contribution to, the attainment of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The event took place at the Tel-Aviv stock exchange, and was hosted by the stock exchange chief executive officer, Mr. Yossi Beinart. The key-note speaker was Ms. Tali Einav – the most senior Israeli member in the UN agency for economic development UNIDO.

As Ms. Tali Einav explained in her key-note speech, in September 2015 UN Member States adopted a new global agenda for sustainable development. The agenda encompasses 17 SDGs intended to promote dignity, equality and prosperity for all people everywhere. These new goals are hugely ambitious. While states have reached agreement on the content of the SDGs, it is not yet clear how the estimated financial needs required for their attainment, are going to be raised. It is clear therefore, that the private sector is an indispensable strategic partner in this endeavour, with the ability to have a profound impact on areas as wide-ranging as climate change, food security, gender equality, human rights and good governance. Government and business must work together to create clear policy frameworks and incentives to ensure that profits are translated into sustained economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. This entails identifying new forms of partnership that put forward innovative business models that respond to commercial priorities while also delivering on the development front.

Judging from the event’s success, from its participants’ high level of engagement, and from the media interest it received (the event was mentioned and shortly described in the daily business newspaper Calcalist), we believe it to be a promising start to a process of mobilizing the private sector as a key provider of capital, jobs, technology and infrastructure.

The purpose of the event was to bring together representatives from the ministry of foreign affairs, the ministry of environmental protection, civil society organizations, and senior figures from different high profile corporations such as Stauss Group,El-Al, Unilever Israel, Shikun and Binui, Arison group, and many more for a joint discussion regarding the business sector’s involvement in, and contribution to, the attainment of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The event took place at the Tel-Aviv stock exchange, and was hosted by the stock exchange chief executive officer, Mr. Yossi Beinart. The key-note speaker was Ms. Tali Einav – the most senior Israeli member in the UN agency for economic development UNIDO.

As Ms. Tali Einav explained in her key-note speech, in September 2015 UN Member States adopted a new global agenda for sustainable development. The agenda encompasses 17 SDGs intended to promote dignity, equality and prosperity for all people everywhere. These new goals are hugely ambitious. While states have reached agreement on the content of the SDGs, it is not yet clear how the estimated financial needs required for their attainment, are going to be raised. It is clear therefore, that the private sector is an indispensable strategic partner in this endeavour, with the ability to have a profound impact on areas as wide-ranging as climate change, food security, gender equality, human rights and good governance. Government and business must work together to create clear policy frameworks and incentives to ensure that profits are translated into sustained economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. This entails identifying new forms of partnership that put forward innovative business models that respond to commercial priorities while also delivering on the development front.

Judging from the event’s success, from its participants’ high level of engagement, and from the media interest it received (the event was mentioned and shortly described in the daily business newspaper Calcalist), we believe it to be a promising start to a process of mobilizing the private sector as a key provider of capital, jobs, technology and infrastructure.

Photos of the event

References in the media

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