Why the world needs India to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals
In the year 2000, world leaders promised to halve extreme poverty by 2015 with a global plan called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Thanks to a global effort combining millions of changemakers, real progress has been made with India following a holistic approach towards achieving its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets through the launch of various initiatives.
However, this development agenda needs to be pursued in a holistic, sustainable manner, in keeping with the needs of the environment we exist in, utilising the resources at our disposal to achieve the world we want. Doing so will require all of us to work in tandem and take action on the things that matter most to people everywhere.
Engaging a Nation
India as a nation is entrepreneurial and at the cusp of change. With India being the world’s youngest country, its youth needs to be engaged in early education and action to create and sustain a long-term momentum that can help the country see their targets through and drive SDGs action.
Thus, there is need for a continuous series of action-oriented programmes to empower efforts of change-makers, and match bottom-up innovation with organized expertise in a bid to scale up progress and create more meaningful impact. Our vision is to create an active community of changemakers committed to accelerating positive change and innovation to achieve the SDGs, supported by cross-sector collaborations.
The Economic Times SDGs Impact Summit
Realising this vision needs impactful changemakers to align. Times Strategic Solutions Limited, a global business intelligence initiative that is part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group, together with The World We Want, a global social impact enterprise, have co-conceptualized The Economic Times SDGs Impact Summit - taking place on 16th November at Taj Palace, New Delhi. The mission is to curate a truly global platform of global changemakers committed to achieving the SDGs.
The SDGs Impact Summit will be attended by 500+ global delegates across government, media, talent, civil society, academia, policy, NGOs, and corporates to spotlight India and international rule breakers, problem solvers, storytellers, thought shapers, global leaders and renegades with a cause who are committed to achieving the SDGs.
Some of the marquee speakers in attendance include Dia Mirza, Actor, Producer, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & United Nations Secretary General Advocate for SDG; Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India; Shallu Jindal, Chairperson, JSPL Foundation; Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice-Chairman, Bharti Enterprises; John Roome, Senior Director - Climate Change, The World Bank and many more. Also, in attendance will be outstanding environment leaders who have been recognized as UN Environment’s Champions of the Earth, Sonika Manandhar (Nepal), Louise Mabulo (Philippines), and Omar Itani (Lebanon).
Whilst not a celebrity driven event, popular culture stars will be interspersed in the event, especially those who are committed to specific causes.
The event will be segmented based on the Four Ps Model for Sustainable Development – People, Planet, Prosperity and Partnerships. Stimulating visionary talks, debates and bold analysis will mix with impact-oriented projects, challenges, and strategies. The focus will be on how wider debates can be influenced, and these Plenary sessions will also spotlight real changemakers.
The SDGs Impact Summit is our collective response to building a fair globalisation, and it is up to us to ensure global growth is equitable and sustainable.
Just as our vision behind accelerating progress to achieve the SDGs is ambitious, our goals and objectives are far-reaching. While giving priority to historic challenges, it also reflects our evolving understanding of the social, economic and environmental linkages that define our lives. After all, humanity’s sustainable development will be of great consequence to our planet’s present and future generations.
To know more, visit www.et-sdg.com
Karan Karayi, firstname.lastname@example.org