UNDP, OECD, World Bank, WWF to Participate in Event on Sustainability

Highlights :

  • The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), the World Bank, and the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) are participating in an event on sustainability.
  • The first BforPlanet will be held on July 7-8, 2021 and focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the private sector.

The United Nations, through the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), the World Bank, and the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) are taking part in a two-day event this month to promote sustainability.

The first BforPlanet will be held on July 7-8, 2021, at Fira de Barcelona’s Montjuïc venue, and the event will focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the private sector, featuring leading international institutions in the fields of sustainability and development.

Organized by Fira de Barcelona with the support of the Barcelona City Council, BforPlanet’s programme will be structured in 5 themes: Partnerships, Sustainable Growth, Climate Action, Innovation and Social Inclusion. Independent experts, senior representatives of international institutions and organisations and private sector executives will present different strategies in the fields of sustainability and the implementation of the SDGs in business activity aimed at generating business opportunities, opening new markets, and creating jobs.

Among the companies to be featured are Amazon, Coca-Cola, Aigües de Barcelona, Danone, Unilever, Renfe or BBVA, to name a few. Thus, specific examples and solutions for the transformation of business models in areas such as the blue economy, the fight against pollution, the circular economy, energy efficiency, gender equality, public-private partnerships and the provision of drinking water and safe food around the world will be showcased.

The speakers at this first BforPlanet include Luis Felipe López-Calva, Director of the UNDP (UN) for Latin America and the Caribbean, Augusto López-Claros, Director of Global Indicators and Analysis at the World Bank, Yolanda García, a member of the Directorate-General for Energy at the European Commission, Rodolfo Lacy, Director of the Environment at the OECD, Yolanda Kakabadse, former President of the WWF and ex-Minister of the Environment of Ecuador, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.

Global Leader of Climate and Energy at the WWF, Cristina Sánchez, Executive Director of the Spanish network of the United Nations Global Compact, Marcello Palazzi, co-founder of B Lab Europe, Ana Palencia, Director of Communication and Sustainable Business at Unilever, Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente Parmentier, naturalist and environmentalist, and Joan Roca, chef at the Celler de Can Roca, will also participate.

To multiply its reach and audience, BforPlanet will also be followed through its digital streaming platform, allowing professionals from all fields and backgrounds to access its contents.

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Soumya Duggal

Soumya is a master's degree holder in English, with a passion for writing. It's an interest she has directed towards environmental writing recently, with a special emphasis on the progress being made in renewable energy.

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