In September 2015, at a special session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 192 other world leaders adopted the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, committing their countries, and indeed the world to achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by framing their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years in line with the agenda. At the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals is the principle of leave no one behind, including through combating inequalities and eradicating poverty in all its forms.
India played a leading role at the United Nations in the formulation of the SDGs, and will have an equally important role in determining the success of the SDGs, both domestically and globally. The philosophy of sab ka saath, sab ka vikas or development with all, is central to the achievement of the Goals, as are the policies and social sector schemes at the national and national levels. However, challenges remain as India shares a large part of the global burden.
Businesses have a critical role, as achieving the SDGs will require collective action, shared responsibility and financing from multiple sources.
The UN India Business Forum is envisaged as a platform that will bring together a select group of business leaders who, together with the government, could play a key role in addressing India’s most urgent development challenges, and unleash opportunities for businesses to innovate at scale.
Read more about the launch here.