The United Nations Global Compact has launched an initiative to help countries advance their sustainability goals by highlighting local talent. Called Local Network SDG Action Plan, its centerpiece is a program called Pioneers whose goal is to fuel the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across UN Global Compact’s more than 80 local networks.
The launch of the Pioneers program ignites the Action Plan, and it will honor business leaders and agents of change that show how sustainability and business can advance together. The search for Pioneers worldwide is part of a bigger plan to inspire more businesses to support the SDG agenda.
Outstanding Pioneers will be recognized at the 2016 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in June in New York. The event will recognize the most inspiring Local SDG Pioneers and give them a platform to inspire action on the new SDGs.
The global campaign will look for two categories of achievers: best local business leaders and change-makers. Any person with an official affiliation to an active UN Global Compact participant organization (both private sector and civil society), or PRME school can be nominated as a Local SDG Pioneer.
The finalists will be voted by a team of experts from public, private and not-for-profit sectors. The winners will be picked from a shortlist of five names. After being honored at the June summit, they will join a year-long programme with the UN Global Compact to further develop the Pioneers’ global potential and support their ambitions.
SDG Kick-start Workshops will help engage the 13,000+ UN Global Compact participants and identify local talent. Besides, the UN Global Compact recently launched a set of tools and resources to boost the implementation of global goals. These include the UN Business Action Hub, the SDG Compass and the SDG Industry Matrix, all of which provide useful tools for agencies and businesses to advance UN objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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