SDG Business Dialogue

  • Thursday, 11 March 2021, 14:15-15:45 (CET)
  • Follow the meeting live on UN Web TV!

Taking place for the first time at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region, the SDG Business Dialogue will be a unique multi-stakeholder conversation on business action and partnerships to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of the COVID-19 recovery. Participants will explore how partnerships, alliances and business innovation can accelerate sustainable development in the region.

Agenda

14:15 – 14:25 Opening Remarks
  • Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary
  • Crispin Conroy, Representative Director, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Geneva
  • Alexandra Tarazi, Senior Manager, Global Operations, UN Global Compact
14:25 – 15:00 Focus 1: Accelerating progress, overcoming setbacks: innovative business solutions for a changing world

Moderated interactive discussion on how to harness technology and maximize innovation to meet the SDGs.

Moderator: Timea Suto, Knowledge Manager, Innovation for All, Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) initiative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Francesca Accerbi, Sustainability Consultant, Orkla Group (Norway)

Boğaç Şimşir, 2020 Global Compact Turkey SDG Pioneer, Innovation Director, Eczacıbaşı Building Products (Turkey)

Christoph Steck, Director for Public Policy and Internet at Telefonica (Spain)

15:00 – 15:35 Focus 2: Financing the SDGs in the COVID-19 era

Moderated interactive discussion on the role of the private sector in financing Agenda 2030 and increasing corporate ambition.

Moderator: Marie Morice, Head of Sustainable Finance, UN Global Compact

Jon Omarsson, CFO, Islandsbanki (Iceland)

Benjamin Zhongyang Lu, Associate Director, Sustainable Finance and Investment, Global Banking and Markets, HSBC (United Kingdom)

Maria Carrasco, CFO, FCC Construccion (Spain)

15:35 – 15:45 Closing Remarks

Registration: Kindly register via this link for the SDG Business Dialogue.

Programme: Please find the full programme here.

Speakers

Olga Algayerova

UNECE Executive Secretary

Alexandra Tarazi

Senior Manager
Global Operations, UN Global Compact

Crispin Conroy

Representative Director
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Geneva

Timea Suto

Knowledge Manager
Innovation for All, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Francesca Accerbi

Sustainability Consultant
Orkla Group (Norway)

Boğaç Şimşir

2020 Global Compact Turkey SDG Pioneer
Innovation Director, Eczacıbaşı Building Products (Turkey)

Christoph Steck

Director for Public Policy and Internet at Telefonica (Spain)

Marie Morice

Head of Sustainable Finance
UN Global Compact

Jón Guðni Ómarsson

Chief Financial Officer
Íslandsbanki (Iceland)

Benjamin Zhongyang Lu

Associate Director
Sustainable Finance and Investment, HSBC (United Kingdom)

Maria Carrasco

CFO
FCC Construccion (Spain)

Organizers