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Press Release – “Sustainable Goals Banquet”


“Sustainable Goals Banquet”

New York, October 22 2021. The event “Sustainable Goals Banquet” has taken place today in New York, and it was attended by the president of the UN the General Assembly’s Abdulla Shahid, the representatives of the UN Global Compact and of the UN Population Fund (UNPF).

The initiative was prompted by a private-public synergy and aims at gathering stakeholders from institutions, businesses, media, civil society, and other sectors that are decisive in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the UN Agenda 2030.

“Italy works very closely with the UN to implement the Agenda 2030. We are the seventh country for contributions to its regular budget and more than 400 Italian companies have joined the UN Global Compact”, stated the Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN, Ambassador Maurizio Massari.

Ambassador Massari underscored the huge opportunities arising from a sustainable transition, which, however, come with some socio-economic costs that cannot be borne by the public sector entirely. Sustainability is a crosscutting issue that encompasses varied dimensions, all closely intertwined. Therefore, everyone has to play their part. Attaining the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals must be predicated on a reliable partnership among institutions, private sector players, leaders of youth organizations and civil society, women included. “Events like today’s are key to raise awareness for everyone”, said Ambassador Massari in his closing remarks.

As per the program, several guests took the floor, in person or remotely. The speakers’ list included Fabio Finotti, Director of the IIC (Italian Cultural Institute) in New York; Carlo Capasa, President of the National Chamber for Italian Fashion; Simon Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative; Livia Firth, Co-Founder of Eco-Age; Sweta Chakraborty, CNN, BBC and FoxNews climate correspondent; Evie Evangelou, founder of the Fashion 4 Development platform and organizer of the event.

The guest list counted numerous participants ranging from climate activists, to NGOs’ representatives, CEOs of companies investing in sustainable projects, philanthropists, and culture, art and fashion spokespersons.

The event streamed live on the We Don’t Have Time (WDHT) network, which focuses on environmental activism and airs on more than 140 countries with more than 25 million monthly views on social media.