In the new issue of UNIDO’s quarterly discussion magazine, Making It, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, writes that the world can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if we “build formidable alliances across stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, parliamentarians, civil society, academia and citizens”.
The theme of this issue of Making It is partnering for impact; achieving the SDGs - mirroring the theme of the UNIDO General Conference 2017.
In her article, Mohammed writes about the “promising momentum around the world” that has seen the SDGs jump from the UN General Assembly Hall to communities across the globe, “taking hold among policymakers and in global public awareness”. However she states that key stakeholders must drive “the implementation of the SDGs at a much faster rate and at much larger scale”.
She calls for genuine and meaningful partnerships for action, finance and innovation, and namechecks the UNIDO-led Programme for Country Partnership which, she writes, “provides an effective partnership model.” According to the UNDSG, “Such initiatives are essential to fulfil the promise of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind.”
In another feature article, Jenny Bofinger-Schuster, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Cities at Siemens AG, the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe, writes about her company’s contribution to the joint effort needed on climate change.
“At Siemens, as we support the Paris Agreement, we consider ourselves a leading partner in this effort, serving customers, governments and society. With respect to climate change mitigation measures, we take the entire value chain of our company into account – from sustainable supply that chain initiatives and our CO2-neutral operations target to Siemens’ products and solutions.”
Bofinger-Schuster writes that the aim is to enable the “transition towards an affordable, low-carbon economy that does not lower our standard of living but actually improves it”.
In “Circulate to accumulate”, Lee Hui Mien, who heads the sustainability activities of Singapore’s Mandai Park Development, writes about the sustainable solutions for business provided by the circular economy approach. She writes that the circular economy is “the way to go as the demand for physical resources increases and supply, on the other hand, diminishes”.
Hui Mien is one the speakers at a UNIDO TEDx event on the circular economy taking place in Vienna during the General Conference.
This issue of Making It also includes features on the challenge of financing infrastructure for sustainable cities, the new UNIDO partnership approach in Peru, and the prospects for the digital economy in Africa.
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