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Meet to meet the SDG- How business sector can benefit from the Agenda 2030?"
Calendar Forum Business Edition "Meet to meet the SDG" was co-organised by VCCI and UNIDO, under the umbrella of the UN Global Compact Network Viet Nam


In September 2015 Leaders of 193 United Nations member states have adopted the Agenda 2030 summarized in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which address the challenges of economic development, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and good governance.

Our April Business- Edition of the CSR Calendar Forum is intended to be the starting point to mainstream the opportunities and the responsibilities the SDGs are bearing for the private sector in Vietnam based on the two localized global initiatives UN Global Compact Network Vietnam (GCVN) and Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) which will support entrepreneurs to start their global journey on the national level. What can the SDG mean for entrepreneurs? What is the scope? Who can support me? and finally: What is in for me?

In his opening speech, Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh- Deputy Secretary General of VCCI- stressed that the Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals is a call for businesses to take over their role on the journey towards more inclusive, sustainable and equal global economy.

The UN Global Compact Network Vietnam is a practical approach for businesses to make the SDG become true. It's a great opportunity but also our duty to join forces. VCCI with its SD4B is strongly committed to be a local SDG pioneer and to provide to the private sector guidance, network, know-how, and recognition to make the SDGs a sustainable success for all businesses in Vietnam.

By having attended this workshop, UN and UN organizations expressed their keen interest in promoting every single UN member state to realize 17 SDGs in the next 15 years. Ms. Pratibha Mehta- UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, UNDP Resident Representative- said: "The United Nations recognize that business is a key partner in development- it always has been, and its role will be central to achieving the SDGs. The SDGs are particularly suited to the ore complex issues faced by middle income countries like Vietnam.The scale and transformative approach adopted by the SDGs, requires that the goals become the responsibility of everyone- of government, of businesses and civil society- working together to deliver solutions and outcomes. Businesses have the power to become change leaders for social good and innovations for inclusive and equitable societies. This requires new thinking and idea sharing, beginning with broad dialogues like "Meet to meet the SDG" today.