Making Global Goals Local Business - Middle East


Organized by the United Nations Global Compact and Global Compact Network Lebanon, the Making Global Goals Local Business (MGGLB) forum in Lebanon will bring together regional and global leaders from business, civil society, government, and Global Compact Local Networks in the Middle East to catalyze a collective action affecting the Ten Principles and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a precursor to global discussions on regional SDG progress taking place later this year, the event will be an opportunity to show leading examples of multi-stakeholder collaboration that stand as a strong model for others looking to partner at the Regional Level.


  • H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon
  • MP Prof. Dima Jamali, President of Global Compact Network Lebanon
  • Ms. Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of United Nations Global Compact
  • H.E. Mr. Chris Rampling, Ambassador of UK to Lebanon
  • H.E. Dr. Hamad Al Shamsi, Ambassador of UAE to Lebanon
  • H.E. Ms. Emanuelle Lamoureux, Ambassador of Canada to Lebanon
  • H.E. Mr. Jörgen Lindström, Ambassador of Sweden to Lebanon
  • H.E. Ms. Elizabeth Holzhall Richard, Ambassador of USA to Lebanon
  • H.E. Ms. Violette Khairallah Safadi, Minister of Economic Empowerement for Women and Youth
  • H.E MP Mr. Neemat Frem, CEO of INDEVCO Group
  • Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for UNDP
  • Ms. Haneen Ismail Sayed, World Bank Program Leader for Human Development in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan
  • Ms. Paivi Kannisto, Chief, Peace and Security, UN Women
  • Dr. Rawaa Harati, Advisor of the Prime Minister for the SDGs
  • Mr. Ahmet Dördüncü, Chairperson, Global Compact Network Turkey
  • Mr. Patrick Chalhoub, CEO of Chalhoub Group, Board Member of Global Compact Network UAE
  • Ms. Natalia Menhall, Founding Partner and Chairwomen, Beyond Reform and Development
  • Mr. Maroun Chammas, Chairman and CEO, Berytech
  • Ms. Teresa Chahine, Social Entrepreneurship Program Leader at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard University
  • Mr. Robin Richa, CEO, Arc-en-Ciel
  • Mr. Youssef Fawaz, Chairman, Al Majmoua, SDG Milestones 2018 Winners
  • Ms. Yasmina El Khoury Raphael, Head of Business Environment and Innovation, Presidency of the Council of Ministers


  • Opening Remarks
    • Spotlight Story: Video Message from the GCNL Goal Leaders
    • National strategy for the implementation of the 2030 agenda in Lebanon presented by Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani
  • Panel 1: What the World Needs Now: Ambassadors of Change
    • SDG Milestones Awards: Meet the Winners!SDGs in Action: Featuring the 2019
    • SDG Pioneer Marc Torbey Helou
  • Panel 2: The Power of Partnerships Between Business, Government and UN Team
  • Panel 3: Making Global Goals Local Business Middle East
  • Panel 4: Turning Reaction into Proaction: Technology for Social Good
    • A Quick Look on the Young SDG Innovators Program
  • Panel 5: Harnessing the Power of the Youth in Lebanon