The UN Sustainable Development Goals represent the largest consultation in the UN’s history with over 8 million individuals consulted over a two year period.
The vision the Goals paint of the world we want by 2030 is hugely ambitious and very different from the world we know today.
UNCTAD says achieving the Goals will take between US$5 to $7 trillion, with an investment gap in developing countries of about $2.5 trillion.
ICAEW is a professional body with an international focus and a public interest role representing 150,000 chartered accountants. The global goals provide a clear and compelling articulation of the public interest. This provides a focus for ICAEW’s work through which we can demonstrate our public interest role in a meaningful way.
Our vision is a world of strong economies. Interpreting this in terms of the goals means prosperous and resilient economies, and fair and just societies all achieved within what nature can provide. ICAEW passionately believes that we and the profession must step up to this responsibility to serve the public interest, demonstrate our relevance and ensure that real change happens.
Just as ICAEW works in partnership to create this world of strong economies, the Goals require partnership working to succeed.
In the sessions, we’ll be introducing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through the workshop – what they mean to the world of business, finance and accountancy as well as to participants personally and to nations. The panel discussion, with representatives from business, finance, accountancy and law will discuss their implementation in practice.
The UN SDGs are pertinent to citizens around the world, none more so than in Switzerland, with Geneva being one of the two homes of the United Nations. With Geneva’s role as a major centre for sustainable finance thanks to the UN, NGOs and wealth management sectors and Zurich’s role as a major centre for impact investing, finance professionals in Switzerland need to grasp the relevance of the SDGs and how business is changing to achieve the goals.
Through the workshop and panel, we’ll understand the Goals’ interconnectivity and how progress can be measured, using huge amounts of data that need to be trusted. We’ll see the accountancy profession’s role in providing this trusted data through applying new technology in information gathering, processing and assuring.
We’ll also hear the role new business models, new methods of financing, new sources of data and new KPIs that the SDGs need from business and nations to succeed.
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IntroductionGeneva: Mark Kissack
UN SDG WorkshopFrancesca Sharp, ICAEW
Francesca will lead the workshop, looking at the 17 SDGs and their interrelatedness.
SpeakerGeneva: Nadia Idler – Head, UN SDG Lab
Panel session: UN Sustainable Development Goals in practiceRepresentatives from business, finance, law and accountancy will look at the practical implementation of the SDGs and the considerations businesses in all sectors need to think about as governments, business and civil society seek to achieve the goals.
Closing remarks Geneva: Mark Kissack
Networking drinks and buffet
Francesca Sharp – Sustainability Manager, ICAEWJulie Wynne, Attorney at Law, Partner FRORIEP Legal SA
Julie Wynne is a partner at FRORIEP and the Head of its Charities and Social Enterprise practice. She is a highly-regarded lawyer in the field of non-profit organisations and mission-driven companies.
Julie Wynne advises non-profit organisations, B Corps and social enterprises for their set-up and tax issues and assists them with mergers, reorganisations, joint ventures and other forms of collaborative working, as well as constitutional reviews. In addition, she regularly provides advices on grant-making, fundraising, intellectual property, corporate philanthropy and governance.
Julie Wynne contributes substantial time and expertise pro bono in the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship sector. She is a Board member of B Lab (Switzerland) and of the European Social Enterprise Law Association. She is also Co-Chair of STEP Philanthropy Advisors Steering Committee and a member of the Legal Advisory Board of Sustainable Finance Geneva.
Julie Wynne has a strong personal involvement in philanthropy, in the field of the empowerment of women through Giving Women, the humanitarian action through Global Women Leaders and the arts in general, being a member of various Patrons' Club of cultural institutions and a Board member of the Fondation de l'Elysée.
Marie Teresa Zappia – Chief Investment Officer, BlueOrchard FinanceMaria Teresa Zappia, Chief Investment Officer, has worked in the emerging markets finance sector for over 20 years. She has worked for several development banks and financial institutions like the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and OECD Development Centre based both in the field (Africa, South East Asia, and Central Asia) and in Headquarter. Maria Teresa contributed to the development of dedicated financing instruments for local commercial banks entering the SME sector and for microfinance institutions. She also managed technical assistance programs to accompany credit line financing with capacity building. Maria Teresa joined BlueOrchard in 2008 to manage the investment team. As of 2012 Maria Teresa was appointed Chief Investment Officer and was responsible for the top-down part of the investment process at BlueOrchard together with the Portfolio Management Team. She now leads the Blended Finance Impact Management team and is responsible for the PPP funds under BlueOrchard’s management. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from the University of Sussex (Distinction), and a Degree in Economics (1st Class Honors) from the University of Florence (Italy). Nadia Idler – Head, UN SDG LabRepresentative from business TBC
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