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UN Global Compact Leaders Summit (15-16 June 2021)

Date:

06/16/2021


UN Global Compact Leaders Summit (15-16 June 2021)

Statement delivered by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Marina Sereni, at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit ---

Distinguished guests, dear participants,

I am very pleased to participate in this year’s edition of the UN Global Compact Summit. I would like to express my warmest thanks for this opportunity, which testifies Italy’s constant commitment to the UNGC.

We appreciated since the very beginning the idea to strengthen Corporations’s consciousness towards sustainable development, particularly since the adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution on the 2030 Agenda. Our Government and our Companies are both supporting enthusiastically the UN Global Compact.

Among the various initiatives carried out over the years by the Italian UNGC Network, the selection of a national SDG Pioneer certainly has a special significance, as a way to give the right visibility to the work and leadership of businesswomen and men that are helping to reach one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals

At the end of last year a successful Italian businesswoman was chosen by our national network. Ms. Giulia Giuffré was awarded the title of “SDG Pioneer” for Italy and I am extremely proud to see that Ms. Giuffré was also awarded the title at the global level by the UN Global Compact.

I wish to express the deepest appreciation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the work and leadership of Giulia and all the candidates and the winners of the competition. I wish you all the best for your future!

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development is a comprehensive, global and strategic document aimed at leading the World to a better future for all. The Italian G20 Presidency fully shares the principles of the agenda: indeed, “People, Planet and Prosperity” are the three pillars that guided our Presidency.

Unfortunately, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda suffered a slowdown due to the pandemic. The crisis we experienced demonstrated that the global development pattern followed so far is unsustainable. That is why it is now time to "Build back better". Following the principles enshrined in the UN 2030 Agenda will be crucial to achieve the best outcomes in post-pandemic recovery.

We need new development patterns, more focused on socio-economic inclusion, centered on "collaboration" rather than "competition" for a better future for all.

The Italian National Sustainable Development Strategy supports and pursues the 2030 Agenda. We constantly support the principle "leaving no one behind" and in this framework, we establish partnerships with Countries most in need, particularly in Africa, to provide technical assistance, know-how, food emergency contribution, strengthening of agriculture, infrastructure, and solutions for people with disabilities.

The Italian Cooperation also supports partner Countries in achieving the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda. With a view to a sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, climate, environment and clean energy remain priorities in promoting sustainable development, economic stability, good governance and protection of rights, peace and security.

The United Nations Global Compact on corporate responsibility is leading the way for an effective contribution of Corporations and of the business world to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

We are very pleased to participate with almost 400 Italian companies to this great effort. If we aim at building a more inclusive and sustainable society, the full involvement of the private sector is – and will be - of paramount importance. The Italian private sector, from listed companies to SMEs, has shown an incredible amount of commitment in developing sustainable practices. This was possible also thanks to the commitment of the Global Compact Italian Network and of civil society organizations.

With their effective help, Governments will be able to contribute to a timely achievement of the 2030 Agenda. Italy is fully aware of the importance of corporations for any effective success in dealing with the recovery from the present crises.

To conclude, let me seize this opportunity to express my best wishes of full success to the UN Global Compact and to congratulate again with the SDG Pioneers.

Thank you for your attention.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

UN: Sereni, businesses play a key role in sustainable development

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires us to lead the world towards a better future and it is therefore no coincidence that the Italian G20 Presidency has adopted its principles – People, Planet and Prosperity – as the pillars of its action”. These were the words spoken, in a speech by video conference at the UN Global Compact 2021 Leaders Summit, by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Sereni, who added: “Unfortunately, the Agenda's implementation has slowed down because of the pandemic, even though it is precisely because of this crisis that we have all realised that the global development model followed thus far is unsustainable”.

Sereni explained: “Now is the time to lay the foundations for a different and better world, where new development models centred on socio-economic inclusion and mutual cooperation can be adopted. The Italian National Strategy for Sustainable Development strongly supports the 2030 Agenda, based on the idea that 'no one should be left behind', in a framework of partnership with the poorest countries, particularly in Africa, to provide know-how, food aid, agricultural support, infrastructure and solutions for people with disabilities. The Italian Cooperation system – the Vice Minister continued – supports these countries in achieving the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda”.

“For its part, the United Nations Global Compact on Corporate Responsibility is paving the way for an effective contribution by companies and the business world to the achievement of the Agenda. Italy,” Ms. Sereni said, “is part of this great effort, with almost 400 businesses. For a more inclusive and sustainable society, the involvement of the private sector is and will continue to be of fundamental importance”.

The Vice Minister then expressed her “great joy and appreciation” for the Italian entrepreneur Giulia Giuffrè, who was awarded the global title of Pioneer of the 2030 Agenda's development goals, the SDGs, by the UN Global Compact. Giulia Giuffrè's Sicilian company Irritec is an international leader in sustainable irrigation systems.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - UN: Sereni, businesses play a key role in sustainable development

 

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