Nadeem Ahmad Journalist
Theme: Prospects of Strategic Implementation Model of SDG: Opportunities & Challenges
Vasundhara Blessing Foundation on 25th September organized world summit on theme Prospects of Strategic Implementation Model of SDG: Opportunities &
Challenges. Anniversary of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals brings us closer to 2030 agenda. The SDGs can provide councils with a framework for strategic planning, policy review and action for sustainable development – for economic progress, social justice and inclusion, protection of the climate, environment and biodiversity, and ensuring no one is left behind. Dr. Sunita Pachar Founder & President of VBFT said their organization Promoting Global Visionary Leadership through SDG & CSR .She said if we are to achieve all of the Sustainable Development Goals, more needs to be done. Sustainable development is largely about people, their well-being, and equity in their relationships with each other, in a context where nature-society imbalances can threaten economic and social stability. The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
Speakers & Panelist from all over the world participated in this Summit and they shared many Issues like Innovations ,Contributions and Leadership is called from the Educational Institutions particularly Universities ,Colleges ,Schools ,Academia and Research & Development Organizations at large to join hands with Govt. ,Corporate sector and civil society initiatives as a Vital Stakeholder with huge potential to contribute in areas of UNSDGs Awareness , Research & Development, Innovations & Experimentation & Live & Experiential Learning to Young Learners .The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. Dr. Rajat Sharma, Chairman UNACCC.ORG, National Strategic Advisor for UPEACE by UN discussed their organization contribution in SDG and he mentioned four pillars of sustainability; Human, Social, Economic and Environmental. Prof Dr Manoj Kumar MishraVice President British American University Florida & Hony Secretary Forum for Interdisciplinary Research Methods focused on quality education system .He said by providing skill development related education many issues like unemployment can be resolved . Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon Principal at Kamla Nehru Public School discussed their achievements in COVID time, how they have initiated technology innovation for rural area students for their better education and overall development. Dr. Anil Jaggi CEO -Conscious Ventures believes Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. Dr. Jayanta Choudhury, Associate Professor, NIRDPR-NERC, Guwahati focused on Local SDG ,he said SDG should be responsibility of all individuals and state government should contribute in a better way to achieve national targets .He focused on Vocal for local initiatives . Dr. Mona Nargolwala .
Advisor & Consultant CSR & Sustainability discussed that we should improve Training & Capacity Building & Community Outreach Initiatives for sustainable future. Mainstreaming Sustainability Agenda in Education to promote and address social and environmental challenges with Sustainable Long term Initiatives and solutions. Ms. Rania Lampou Global Educator, STEM instructor from Greece focused on initiatives like Connecting environmental and STEM Education. She focused on re-orientation of current education for better and sustainable future. Mr. Amujuri Biswanath Director, Green Care Society India focused on Digital India Challenges & Solutions. Mr. Parin Makadia Parin Makadia, CEO ISO 20400Plus Ltd, UK, Sr. Advisory member VBFT discussed on sustainable procurement & supply chain . Many speakers like Ms. Shanoli Ray, Principal, SJPS, Haldia,shared their views . Insightful discussions and rich takeaways from enlightened Panelists and Speakers from the World Summit on Sustainable Development Goals with global participants.
With the mandate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India, there has been an urgent need of skilled professionals to carry out implementation of the law. A panel discussion was held in Mumbai, stressing on the need of having a well organized training centre in India that imparts knowledge and skill training to CSR professionals.
The discussion was organized by International Institute of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (IICSR) and IES Management College and Research Centre (IES MCRC) for Masters Business Administration (MBA) students.
CSR practitioners emphasized how the current gap of trained CSR graduates could be bridged by MBA students, who could enhance their understanding of the subject on CSR. Thereby, they can pursue careers in this emerging field by either doing post graduate studies in CSR or undertake CSR certificate programs.
Dr. Pragnya Ram, Group Executive President, Aditya Birla Group of Industries was also present at the event addressing students. She spoke about the career opportunities in the field of CSR for new students. The professionals trained in CSR could pursue training others in CSR programs or could choose to become auditors with an Accreditation company. Armed with skills in auditing projects, strategy and analysis, they could also become fund raisers, and work in rural development, rural livelihood mission, etc.
She reiterated how the industry located in different towns and cities need specifically skilled and trained professionals. “The Make in India” campaign by the government needs support of the industry to make the India growth story responsible and sustainable.
Deepak Arora, Group Head CSR & CEO, Essar Foundation, spoke about how CSR which started by being understood as philanthropy has evolved in the last 100 years and has become more structured since last few years evolving from an individual effort (philanthropy) to an organized CSR framework and guidelines with clarity on reporting.
Harsha Mukherjee, director, IICSR explained about the CSR courses with internships provided by IICSR. The objective of this program is to bridge the skill gap arising for CSR Professionals in times to come.