New Delhi (India), October 2: The 5th edition of the SDG summit organized by the Global Sustainability Alliance (GSA) commenced at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi on September 27, 2023. This prestigious event brought together a diverse array of Indian and global leaders, government officials, industry titans, and sustainability experts united in their commitment to advancing sustainable development and environmental stewardship.
Themed "Strengthening Economies – Collaboration! Financing! Resilience!", the first day of the summit served as a dynamic platform showcasing a range of initiatives designed to address climate change challenges and promote sustainable development. The agenda included enlightening roundtable discussions and thought-provoking leadership dialogues, fostering knowledge sharing, collaboration, and the incubation of innovative solutions.
Key Quotes from the Event:
Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, Minister of Finance, Bhutan: "Bhutan is indeed a case study for the kind of environmental justice delivered to address climate change and promote sustainability in every possible way for a carbon-neutral future."
Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator in India: "The eyes of the world were at the G20 summit in New Delhi. The message from the world leaders is clear, and it says we must come together for a green, prosperous, and peaceful world. SDG is just not a list of goals; it is the hope of the world for a better tomorrow. As India speeds forward in its development, it will do much of the heavy lifting in terms of fulfilling SDG."
The discussions of the day delved into both macro and micro issues related to sustainability, with a particular focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A highlight of the summit was the pledge session, where leading businesses and conglomerates publicly committed to contributing to a more sustainable planet and working diligently toward achieving Net Zero Emissions. This underscored the pivotal role of the private sector in addressing environmental challenges and driving sustainable solutions.
Additionally, the summit provided a platform for state workshops dedicated to specific SDGs and the launch of the report "Flattening the Curve – A Report: Not Just About Reconditioning, But Unleashing Innovation at Scale for Circularity." This insightful report, a result of collaboration between the India Leadership Council (ILC) and ET Edge Insights, highlighted key achievements and benchmarks in sustainability.
Distinguished ministerial speakers, including Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, and Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, Minister of Finance, Bhutan, shared their valuable insights at the summit.
Prominent panel discussions included topics such as "Sustainable Leadership and Corporate Business Strategies," featuring participants like Nadir Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director of Godrej Industries, and "Green Action and Collective Impact," with speakers including Geetanjali Kirloskar, Chairperson & Managing Director of Kirloskar Systems Limited.
The success of this first day highlights the importance of collective action and collaborative efforts in advancing sustainability goals. The summit continued on September 28, offering further insights and impactful discussions.
For more information about the Global Sustainability Alliance and its initiatives, please visit the GSA's Official Website.