On his maiden visit to India since assuming his responsibilities as a top UN development official earlier this year, Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Vice-Chair UN Development Group and UNDP Administrator chaired a roundtable, organised by the United Nations and FICCI, with key business leaders, where he reiterated the central role played by businesses in achieving the SDGs, particularly by unlocking the potential of private capital and finance for the SDGs.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Indian Society of International Law with the support from World Health Organization launched the 1st World Conference on Access to Medical Products and International Laws for Trade and Health to enable knowledge exchange, greater policy support to promote innovation for access to medical products. India is gradually making a shift to manufacturing medical products and diagnostics to promote universal health coverage.
The energy task force, conceived as the working team of the group on Access to Energy, engaged in several discussions over the last few months to deliberate over a wide range of solutions that can support the Government of India’s initiatives in the decentralised renewable energy segment. The UNIBF team organised a roundtable chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the UN Resident Coordinator, which focused on the key challenges faced by the sector and the group’s recommendations.
The group on Health and Nutrition begun its work on identifying areas of innovation which have the potential for scale in this sector, the enablers required to scale up these innovations, and the next steps towards collaborations between the government, private sector and UN.
World Food Day: Investing in food security and rural development
16 October 2017
World Food Programme celebrated World Food Day with its key stakeholders from the private sector, government, and the diplomatic community. The special evening at the UN lawns in New Delhi highlighted India’s world-class homegrown solutions to hunger and malnutrition. The evening not only helped energize partnerships, but also created a space for ideas and innovation – led by the private sector.
Energy Group begin identifying areas of innovation
15 June 2017
The group on Affordable Access to Energy begun its work on identifying areas of innovation which have the potential for scale and the next steps for taking the collaboration between the government, private sector and UN forward.
The group on Affordable Housing convened its first meeting at the Mahindra Life Spaces Office in Mumbai. They discussed ways to reduce the cost of construction by using smart materials, skills development of masons and contractors, and deployment of low-cost materials.
Tourism accounts for a growing share of the economies around the world, the industry and policymakers have a responsibility to ensure that tourism is healthy, sustainable and beneficial for local communities. Nayana RenuKumar, Head of Public Policy, Airbnb on the future of sustainable travel.
The Indian hospitality industry today recognises the potential benefits of sustainability and is adopting various measures to promote it. Arun Nanda of Club Mahindra Holidays on the future of sustainable tourism for the hospital industry.
Businesses have realised that their long-term growth and sustenance in the market is closely linked to the achievement of the SDGs. Mahendra Singhi, CEO, Dalmia Cements on financial commitment required for sustainable development.