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“Meet to Meet the SDG”: Why Business Should Love Forest

“Meet to Meet the SDG”:

Why Business Should Love Forest by the UN-REDD Programme Vietnam &UNIDO – VCCI -GCNV

Wednesday, 29th March 2017 in Ha Noi

Ha Noi Club, 76 Yen Phu, Tay Ho Dist.

Thursday, 30th March 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City

Liberty Riverside, 17 Ton Duc Thang, Dist. 1

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) launched in September 2015, which replace the Millennium Development goals (MDG), offer a more comprehensive and ambitious development agenda. While expanding from 8 to 17 goals and 48 to 169 targets, the responsibilities but also the opportunities for the private sector became critical. The SDG can be seen as a call for innovation, reforms, and inclusion, in which engaging with all stakeholders or building partnership should be main driver.

 

In Viet Nam, the call to “Meet to meet the SDG” is exactly aiming for such creation of new partnerships. Under the umbrella of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact Network Vietnam (GCNV), VCCI as the national representative of commerce and industry and UNIDO as the dedicated UN organization for industrial development are proud to be one of the first movers globally introducing the SDG to the private sector and initiating a collective action. The “Meet to meet the SDG” initiative is open to all stakeholders who wish to share experiences, look for ideas, offer support or simply just want to show their commitment to a more inclusive and sustainable world by 2030.

Meet to meet the SDGhas the potential to become the platform for UN engagement with the Vietnamese business community on various key concerns/opportunities and theUN-REDD Programme in Viet Nam is one of the first UN Partners to support the concept with focus and content, specifically related to SDG and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

Forest means more than just a valuable resource to gain economic benefits.  Forest is also considered as the best and most inspirational destination to visit. Imagine you are there now. What does it look like? Trees? Flowers? Animals? Spring? Castle? Princess? Forest has it all – and even more to offer.

Covering one third of the Earth’s land mass, forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities.

In accordance with Global Forests Report 2016 by CDP, 24% companies state that on average, a quarter of their revenues depend on commodities linked to forest: cattle, palm oil, soy and timber. While 81% of companies which sit at the top of global commodity supply chains, have experienced impacts related to forest-risk commodities that have resulted in substantive changes to operations, revenue or expenditure in the past five years. Our breathing, drinking, source of materials and pocket somehow connect to forest.

This CSR Calendar Forum “Why Business Should Love Forest” includes inspirational speeches, open discussion and an interactive activity.

And: NOBODY IS TOO SMALL TO JOIN.

 

EXPERTS’ QUOTES
“WHY BUSINESS SHOULD LOVE THE FOREST” MARCH 2017

Dr. Nguyen Van Ha

Deputy General Director of the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST)

VNFOREST, as part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, realizes that sustainable forest management as overarching goal of the forestry sector needs to involve collaborating with the private sector. We encourage the multi-sectoral dialogue, learning from each other and working together towards protecting forests and livelihood as well.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy

Head of Viet Nam REDD+ Office - Deputy Programme Director of the UN-REDD Programme

Our Programme does not only aim to protect forests and reduce emissions. We also want to improve the life of local communities, including children, women and men. Without businesses, improvement might be much slower – meanwhile, people and our environment would suffer. So the private sector with its network, influence and knowledge is significant to move forward with our efforts to manage our forests more sustainably.

Mr. Florian Beranek

UNIDO Lead Expert Societal Responsibility

The term "sustainability" which we use so often nowadays has its origin in forestry. In the 16th century after most European forests were cut down for shipbuilding and charcoal production the hard hitting effects nearly brought down a continent. The insight "don't cut more trees than trees are growing" got the name "sustainable forestry". So even today's SDGs have somehow their origin in the thinking of that critical time in history. So honoring and preserving the forest is the number 1 priority if we can really want to act responsibly for the generations to come.

Mr. Tim Christophersen

Chief of United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit

Saving forests in a world with a massively growing demand for food may sound like mission impossible. But actually it isn’t, the solution is clear. And it provides a multibillion-dollar business opportunity: we can produce sustainably by increasing productivity, eliminating food waste, and by restoring at least 350 million hectares of degraded land globally.


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