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Berlin, 11 October 2018 — The annual conference of Global Compact Network Germany brought together over 150 representatives from leading businesses, Government and civil society, marking the conclusion of the Network’s series of dialogues aimed at making the 2030 Agenda and its Global Goals more tangible for business by connecting them to relevant megatrends.
Following the Network’s previous events on the impact of climate change and the Fourth Industrial Revolution on business, the objective of the conference was to reconcile conflicting targets and identify pathways towards an inclusive and sustainable future.
Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, joined a panel discussion with Saori Dubourg, Member of the Board of Executive Directors at BASF and philosopher and author Richard David Precht.
In her keynote address, Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, reminded the audience of the important legacy of the former UN-Secretary General Kofi Annan. In launching the UN Global Compact, Mr. Annan had set an important milestone in the quest to align the creative forces of private entrepreneurship with the needs of the disadvantaged and the requirements of future generations.
Ms. Kingo highlighted the significant progress that had been made over the past three years to advance the Global Goals, but emphasized that progress was taking place far too slow. She called on business to take a strategic and principles-based approach to the Goals and emphasized the particular urgency in addressing social inequality and climate change.
Ms. Kingo joined a panel discussion with Saori Dubourg, Member of the Board of Executive Directors at BASF and philosopher and author Richard David Precht, discussing the need for new economic models and stronger action from businesses to help achieve the Global Goals. The panelists agreed that businesses are leading drivers of innovation and that optimism and a positive vision of the future are required. They highlighted that collaborative solutions are now more important than ever, considering that no stakeholder group will be able to successfully address the global challenges on their own.
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