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REVIEW

A little more than ten years remain to implement Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). In this regard, the macondo foundation and the German Global Compact Network (DGCN) organized the Global Goals Forum in Berlin, with the conference aptly titled “Agenda 2030: Are we running out of time?” on 10 October, 2019. Leaders from business, politics, civil society and academia were invited to discuss this topic, and the event was hosted around 500 guests.
 
The Forum took stock of the progress made and the need for action in implementing the SDGs four years after their adoption by the international community. The conference included exclusive video messages from Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General UN, both of whom highlighted the important voice of business in effectively implementing the SDGs by 2030. 
 
After the opening remarks were made, a riveting multi-stakeholder panel discussion took place where panelists shared how effective structures for implementing the SDGs can be preserved or established in view of the crisis of multilateralism – and, in particular, what role the economy should play in this.
 
Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the German Council for Sustainable Development, stressed the urgency of climate protection: “Transformation without ambition is only a hollow gesture. Those who want to keep the black zero in the long term must want and take into account the green zero today. We do not need more spending on sustainability but a budget that is consistently aligned with the SDGs.” Moreover, she criticized the results of the UN Climate Summit in New York in September, saying: “There is no common roadmap for achieving the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.”
 
Marcel Engel, head of the German network of the UN Economic Initiative Global Compact, emphasized the opportunities that sustainability presents for companies: “They can minimize risks, increase their resilience, maintain trust, attract talented workers, develop new business models and products, and open up new markets.” 
 
Dr. Elmer Lenzen, Managing Director of the macondo foundation, emphasized the role of multilateralism: “Multilateralism means replacing the power play of the great influencers with rules to which everyone submits. Everyone gives and everyone gets.”
 
Mark Griffiths, Global Leader Climate Business Hub WWF, shared: “We have to do business in a different way. Part of the solution is to work with companies because they will move faster than politics.”
 
During a rigorous idea-sharing session, Volans’ Richard Robert shared that “to be where we need to get to in time, it is going to require enormous courage from leaders in the business sector; courage to be ridiculed; courage to fail, and to fail better.”
 
Cléo Mieulet, from the Extinction Rebellion, also shared her two cents while taking on Melanie Kubin-Hardewig, VP Group Sustainability Management Deutsche Telekom, in a discussion, saying: “You try to grasp the problem but you continue to hit the brakes towards attaining the global goals. That is a schizophrenic behavior.”
 
The Forum also included various workshops, focused on key SDG areas such as partnerships, supply chain management, creating a smart mix of policies, and impact of Science on SDGs. Various organizations also showcased the work they have done towards sustainability in a trade expo that was accompanied in the Forum.
 
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Global Goals Yearbook & Global Goals Forum - 
two formats, one mission:
To leave no one behind, we leave no goal behind
 
 
About the Global Goals Yearbook: 

The Global Goals Yearbook is a publication in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals, and the advancement of corporate sustainability globally. As a grassroots publication published under the auspices of the macondo foundation, a non-profit organization, the publication includes good practice examples, positions, and opinions of both corporate and civil society participants. Thus it offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge-exchange and learning in the spirit of the United Nations Global Goals.


https://www.globalgoals-yearbook.org
 
About the Global Goals Forum: 

The Global Goals Forum sees itself as a “marketplace of ideas.” At a time of increasing unpredictability in the international order, the conference provides a platform for leaders from politics, business, and civil society to discuss key challenges on the global agenda, such as tackling inequity, climate change, and corporate responsibility. The Forum will draw a balance on the progress made since the inception of the Agenda 2030 five years ago and explore how to enhance the business contribution to the SDGs over the coming decade. 


https://www.globalgoals-forum.org


 
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