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UNAI Leadership and Views: SDGnomics: Transforming the world through sustainable development

18 August 2016
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UNAI Leadership and Views:

SDGnomics: Transforming the world through sustainable development

Discussion 1. Business and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Allies or Foes?

 

August 18, 2016. Today at the Global Hub UNAI on Sustainability have held a teleconference on the issues of Business and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The organization of this conference was initiated by the Global Hub UNAI at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and Center for Strategic Intercultural Communication (CSIC) GmbH, Germany and the Asian-European Business Innovation Congress. The CSIC was founded in Germany and it is a key organizer of the Asian-European Business Innovation Congress, which supports businesses in different countries and continents to connect and collaborate with each other.

Since 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become a global agenda for actions.

Very often, when we talk about SDG's we assume that the business community at national and international levels would support unconditionally the SDGs. We could hear a lot of politically correct speeches that business can and will support and will contribute to implementing the SDGs.

However, no need to be a Noble prize winner to know and understand that the implementation of SDGs would require significant investments and additional budgets for many projects and for many actions.

There are many pressing questions:

Who is going to pay for the SDGs and why?

Who is willing to pay and why?

How to motivate businesses to be involved and to be ready to contribute?

 

The teleconference focused on various aspects of SDGs including climate change and alternative energy development.

Specifically, the participants discussed the topics as follows:

  1. Enhance the government’s capacity to administer and enforce policies and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the development of procedures and tools that help to facilitate dialogue between regulators (government) and regulated entities (businesses).
  1. Build the business community’s capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving corporate-level greenhouse gas and energy data measurement, reporting and verification, enhancing corporate capacity to assess, develop and implement greenhouse gas and energy saving measures, and strengthening the capacity of the audit and verifier community.
  1. Strengthen professional education programs in the energy efficiency and climate change areas through training, support for professional accreditation, and developing training centers of excellence.

In the framework of the conference call there were raised some challenges associated with climate change and its effects on the economy and social sphere in Kazakhstan and was shown the state policy aimed to reduce the possible consequences.

The main issues raised during the discussion are:

- Climate change and the participation of Kazakhstan in the international negotiating process;

- International cap and trade systems, mechanisms and approaches used;

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