The fourth edition of the Italian Business and SDGs Annual Forum promoted by Global Compact Network Italy will be held in Trieste on October 14 and 15. The Forum, that will be hosted by Hera Group with the support of Assicurazioni Generali and illycaffè, and under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (MAECI), of the Municipality of Trieste and of Confindustria Friuli Venezia Giulia, will address mainly Italian companies and organizations participating in the United Nations Global Compact. The 2019 SDGs Forum will discuss innovation in support of sustainability, in the knowledge that the ambitious objectives of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda will not be achieved without a truly new, brave and far-sighted approach by all parties involved.
For the implementation of the SDGs it is necessary: 1. to adopt ways of thinking and acting oriented towards innovation; 2. to build and experiment new business models; 3. to develop/adopt technologies to improve existing processes or, in a more disruptive logic, open new paths and opportunities (e.g.: block-chain, artificial intelligence, big data, 3D printing, unmanned aerial systems, new generation robotics, digital agriculture, genetic editing, augmented reality, microbiotics, autonomous road vehicles, etc.).
Global Compact Network Italy considers the following connections as a priority:
- Innovation and research (open innovation) – SDG 9
- Innovation and inclusion – SDGs 5, 8, 10
- Innovation and resilience – SDG 13
- Innovation and circular economy – SDG 12
- Innovation and finance – SDG 17
These will be the five focus around which the activities in Trieste will be articulated.
The main objectives of the Forum will be to analyze and bring out insights on how innovation is a driver for sustainable development and, at the same time, on how the Global Goals are levers of innovation, opening new opportunities and increasing competitiveness of the private sector. The Forum will also be an opportunity to gather ideas and suggestions for Global Compact Network Italy’s plan for 2020. Also this year there will be room for interaction between participants, group work and networking opportunities.
Participation in the Forum is also open by invitation to public and private entities outside the UN’s initiative but committed to sustainable development issues.