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UN-led sustainability goals roadshow coming to Derby

A United Nations-led major sustainable development event is being supported by the Chamber and other prominent regional organisations.

The UN Global Compact Network UK Sustainable Development Goals Roadshow 2018 is currently touring the country. It will be visiting Derby in June.

After the largest public consultation ever undertaken, the SDGs were adopted in 2015 by the UK and the other 192 member states of the United Nations. 

At the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they call for economic growth, innovation, circular economies and upgraded infrastructure, as well as providing a path to end extreme poverty, fight inequality, and protect the planet.

The Global Goals were hailed as a ‘paradigm shift for people and planet’ by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon. 

It is hoped they will transform our world by creating opportunities for new business models to deliver new products and services to new markets.

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, working with the Chamber, Derby City Council and the University of Derby, the University of Derbyshire, Aviva, N Brown Group and Relx Group, has played an instrumental role in securing a Derby date for the roadshow.

The event will be hosted by the University of Derby at its One Friar Gate Square premises, Agard Street, Derby, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm on 5 June.

The afternoon will include an explanation of the 17 goals of the programme and an explanation of why businesses should get involved.

Andy Watterson, the Chamber’s Business Crime Manager, who works closely with the region’s county police forces and is also the cyber crime lead for the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “A lot of the Sustainable Development Goals directly involve businesses and offer opportunities for businesses to lead their long-term outcomes.

“In particular, good health and wellbeing, quality education, affordable and clean energy, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption are all fields where the Chamber has taken a lead for many years.

“But there also advantages to businesses that get involved in other goals in the programme, such as reducing hunger and poverty, gender equality, clean water and sanitation – these goals offer opportunities for business and we would urge as many as possible to get involved.

“The first step is to come along to roadshow in June to learn more about it.”

Hardyal said: “As key players in our county’s prosperity, businesses have a major part to play in the future wellbeing of our residents and communities.  Their sustainability in a changing world is to our and, more importantly, our children’s benefit.  
“A community with employment, ethical businesses and economic assurance will see less crime, less poverty and fewer societal problems. I’m delighted that we have secured this roadshow here in Derbyshire as I believe it will provide a helpful first step to shaping decisions for a better future.”

To book on to the SDG Roadshow visit https://bit.ly/2FdDBI1.

If businesses want to get involved in the event, they should contact marc.robin@unglobalcompact.org.uk.