This week started with the familiar annual call to the ski slopes of Davos in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum 2017. The gathering brings together world leaders to share ideas and discuss industrial, regional and global agendas. It’s notable that China’s President Xi Jinping is attending this year’s event.
As part of the World Economic Forum, a live Twitter feed has been organised around a panel debate on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. These 17 SDGs were adopted on 25 September 2015, when countries agreed on a defined set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all — to be achieved over the next 15 years.
At Davos this year, from 17 to 19 January. the live online broadcast will feature panel discussions, interviews, photos and other digital content from leaders in business and global development on how to meet these development goals. The line-up today includes Ertharin Cousin Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Katja Iversen President and CEO of Women Deliver, Alan Jope from Unilever and Dr. David Nabarro of the UN, to name a few.
Here at Monsanto we are already integrating the SDGs into our sustainability strategy. As a global company, we have alignment with 15 of the 17 SDG goals. And stronger alignment with six goals: Zero Hunger; Climate Action; Clean Water and Sanitation; Good Jobs and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production; and Life on Land.
In December 2015 we announced our step-by-step objective to become a carbon neutral company by 2021 and have invited discussions last year on how we can make agriculture more sustainable through science. Also last November, following the Paris Climate Agreement entering into force, Monsanto’s very own Sustainable Agriculture Director Gabriela Burian, who presented our work at COP22 (Low Emission Solution Conference in Marrakesh), published a story on LinkedIn of how agricultural and environmental sectors in Brazil are already working to reduce carbon emissions.
To follow this year’s World Economic Forum sustainable development goal discussions on Twitter use the hashtags #SDGLive and #WEF2017. There is a session each day from today (from 12pm-1:30pm ET) until Thursday 19 January 2017.