Aligning finance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda remains slow and uneven: we are now at high risk of missing the targets of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A major obstacle to advancing SDGs in emerging and developing economies is that most private finance and business activities are neither aligned with SDGs nor compatible with low-emission, climate-resilient development pathways.
The 2020 edition of the Conference will focus on the theme Aligning finance with the SDGs. Every decision we make, every dollar we spend, every product and service we provide must align with sustainable development. Speakers and participants will discuss on how the international community can foster a collective shift towards alignment at two levels:
directing development and commercial finance towards socially and environmentally sustainable projects;
ensuring business operations contribute to the Goals, through their employment, sourcing and other relevant practices and policies.
Over 600 participants and speakers attended the 2019 edition of the Conference on the Impact Imperative. Speakers included Royston Braganza (Chief Executive Officer, Grameen Capital), Sir Ronald Cohen (Chairman, Global Impact Investment Steering Group), Emmanuel Faber (Chief Executive Officer, Danone), Elissa Goldberg (Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy, Global Affairs Canada), and Nathalie Jaubert(Deputy Head of CSR, BNP Paribas), among many more high-level actors from the private and public sector. In 2020, a cross-section of policy makers from emerging, developing and OECD countries, investors and representatives of corporations, development finance institutions, research centres, foundations, and civil society will share examples and new insights to identify and scale solutions.
The 2020 Private Finance for Sustainable Development Conference will be held on Wednesday 29th January 2020, with back-to-back workshops and seminars taking place on Tuesday 28th January and Thursday 30th January 2020.
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