SDG Pioneers 2017
In line with the UAE’s vision and the “Year of Giving” the United Nations Global Compact UAE Local Network, hosted by the Dubai Real Estate Institute, held the first annual SDG Pioneer awards honoring organizations who have been advancing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals from the public, academic and private sectors. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were adopted in September 2015 by all 193 Member States of the United Nations, which lay out a path for the next 15 years on how to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 SDGs which clearly define the world we want — applying to all nations and leaving no one behind. Words to the nominees from Mahmoud Al Burai, Local Network Representative, and CEO of the Dubai Real Estate Institute, “Today is the…day that we show that the United Arab Emirates is a great example of taking sustainability from theories to actions and you are the power, you are the assets and you are the hope” In attendance were CEOs of the nominated firms, sustainability officers, diplomats, high-level governmental officials and UNGC Youth Ambassadors.
The event celebrates and awards organizations in five categories; People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnerships. From these five categories, the winners were as follows:
- People: Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
- Planet: Dubai Police
- Prosperity: UAE Exchange
- Peace: CTG
- Partnerships: C3 – Consult and Coach for a Cause
Some words from keynote speaker Lord Michael Hastings with regards to meeting the 2030 SDG’s “We will choose to apply our best energy to achieve these outcomes and objectives. We will put our whole soul [into] the process. We will work to become advocates of the truth and speak the hard truth to power people and powerful communities…because at the end of it is the dignity that every human being deserves.”
Pioneers were selected by an international committee that made up of academics and members of the Annual Local Network Advisory Group (ALNAG). ALNAG represents Local Networks worldwide and advises Global Compact on a global strategic level. KPMG was the third party processor for the Pioneers scheme.