RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 

The Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development welcomes over 600 business leaders from across the globe to Asia’s ‘zero-waste, zero emissions’ business forum in Singapore.  

Among the attendees of the Responsible Business Forum, are senior government officials, UN agencies, and some of the world’s largest NGOs.  

This year, the Forum introduce a more integrated approach to implementing the 17 SDGs, provide solutions for accelerating action, and tools for measuring performance and impact. Case studies on progress will be presented from businesses, governments, UN agencies, NGOs, investors and international experts. Innovation for financing the SDGs will remain high on the agenda this year. Two years since the goals were adopted, RBF 2017 will bring together more than 600 leaders to share commitments to action, report on progress and together define a framework for measuring performance and impact.

SOPHIA THE ROBOT
UNDP's FIRST NON-HUMAN INNOVATION CHAMPION FOR ASIA-PACIFIC

Singapore, 22 November – In a bold and breakthrough announcement today, the UN Development Programme appointed its first-ever Innovation Champion and the first-ever non-human – Sophia the robot designed by Hanson Robotics. Read more>>

IN FOCUS


THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
MESSAGE TO THE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS FORUM

UNCT_SG_Antonio Guterres

Singapore, 21 November 2017: The United Nations is strongly committed to working with the business community.

We cannot succeed without inspired business leaders helping to shape an inclusive, sustainable economy. We need to deepen our partnership and act decisively together to create an enabling environment at the global level for economic and financial decision-making, from which all countries can benefit and in which all have a say.

There are many examples of businesses working with the UN, from health to disaster relief, from education to telecommunications standards.  The reform efforts I have set in motion since taking office also aim to strengthen our engagement with business, including through the UN Global Compact — the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Read more>>


OPENING PLENARY ADDRESS BY UNDP ADMINISTRATOR 
AT THE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2017

Achim Steiner

Singapore, 21 November 2017: I am pleased to connect with you at the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development 2017. 

UNDP is pleased to be a co-organizer of this Forum which brings together committed business leaders, key policy makers, NGOs, the media and the United Nations family to explore partnerships to tackle persistent development challenges. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the government of Singapore for being strong stewards of the SDGs, and for the continuous support and partnership with UNDP. Read more>>


BLOGS


FOR THE WORLD WE WANT, MIND THE GAP
Why financing 2.5 trillion gap to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could be easier than we think!

by Andri Suryo, United Nations Development Programme

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action, to end poverty, to protect the planet and to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Read more>>


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS FOR A MORE PROMISING FUTURE


When it comes to accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP means business.

The Responsible Business Forum in Singapore opened the stage to discussions and interactions among government officials, business representatives, NGOs… and a robot? Read more>>


#RBFSingapore SPEAKERS  

 

 

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UNDP AND RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS FOR PEOPLE, PLANET AND PROSPERITY

The Sustainable Development Goals are an opportunity to combine the benefits of development with new businesses opprtunities. A report by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission estimates that achieving the SDGs opens up $12 trillion of market opportunities and create 380 million new jobs by 2030. The total economic benefit from implementing the SDGs could be 2-3 times bigger, assuming that the benefits are captured across the whole economy and accompanied by much higher labour and resource productivity. UNDP's wide range of partnerships with private sector actors ensure the world is just a little closer to attaining the Goals, through vibrant and responsible economic growth.

 

 

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