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The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by every country on the planet in 2015, provide a vision for ‘the future we want’. A future where people live in peace and prosperity on a healthy planet.
The SDGs define an extraordinary agenda, nothing less than a transformation of society as we know it. To achieve the goals will require contributions from all stakeholders – not just governments. Business, civil society, and ordinary citizens all have contributions to make.
In this session we will look more closely at how the SDGs came into being, what they include, why business and individuals should care about them and how they can make a contribution to tackling climate change.
Steve is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Network UK, a position he has held since 2007.
The Global Compact is the UN’s corporate sustainability initiative. It calls upon participants to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The UK Network coordinates UN Global Compact activity for 200+ UK-based member organisations.
Steve attended the University of British Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce. He also has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, where he completed the Business and the Environment specialisation with distinction.
Reading Climate Festival is a week long programme of free events to inspire action on climate change, curated by Reading Climate Action Network.