Global challenges. Results of the conference on sustainable development

Cases for working with global challenges were presented at the Global Impact Conference 2021. The main topic of the event was the role of trust and partnership between countries, corporations, civil society and different generations in response to the challenges of our time. & nbsp;

This conference was the second in the discussion of sustainable development. It was held online. The event was held with the support of ROSATOM, Europe's leading news channel Euronews, UN Global Compact and digital partner VK.

More than 50 authoritative experts from 30 countries took part in the work of GIC 2021. Among the participants were representatives of government authorities, international organizations, corporations and NGOs, as well as development institutions and local expert communities. The event was modeled by virtual Jay with artificial intelligence. & Nbsp;

“ The Glasgow Climate Summit showed that leadership and a willingness to seek solutions to problems are particularly evident in the situation with COVID-19 and the environmental crisis. But real progress is possible only in a situation where each of us will be the leader, as the conference experts demonstrate. The right combination of ambition and skill can change the world '', & mdash; said General Director of Rosatom Alexey Likhachev , explaining the role of the conference in finding solutions for sustainable development. & nbsp;

Within the framework of the event, cases were presented on the following topics : & nbsp;

  • Development of an accessible urban environment and digitalization of agriculture.
  • Business strategies to preserve the planet's biodiversity and fight global warming
  • Practices of integrating employees of different ages and with different values ​​in response to the personnel crisis.
  • Designing cities of the future and sustainable transport infrastructure
  • Responsive cities of the future
  • Promoting gender balance and equality of opportunity in corporations
  • Clean energy and equal access to electricity.
  • Human-centered workforce practices from leading companies

“ The COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant shocks & mdash; the need for self-isolation, social and financial instability, & mdash; led to a global crisis of mental illness. Companies quickly realized the importance of creating a safe environment in which mental health is maintained for employees. But creating this environment requires fundamental changes in how workplaces are organized, as well as increased awareness and additional education for the employees who do the work. Addressing mental health issues in the workplace and changing corporate culture accordingly has become and will continue to be imperative for maintaining a sustainable workforce in any organization '', & mdash; told Lynn Kaldas, Lead Mental Health Specialist at Spotify, Sweden … She Created an international team of mental health experts Heart & amp; Soul ambassadors who work to support the mental health of employees in their companies and organizations around the world.

“ The two-year COVID-19 crisis has taken a toll on everyone, even the most advanced healthcare systems, revealing deep inequalities. Nevertheless, we saw how in the modern global world all countries are interconnected and interdependent. It is expected that in a crisis situation the whole world has shown the highest degree of solidarity and readiness for joint solutions, especially when it comes to the poorest countries. This has become a real catalyst for innovation in the field of patient care, access to education, digital services. The time has come to jointly shape a new course in global health around the world through a partnership of innovative, public, private enterprises and civil society '', & mdash; highlighted Nora Berra, President of the Global Health Alliance, France … She described how her team's work has helped ensure access to health services for the most vulnerable people in the remote South African provinces.

“ The competitiveness of renewables will grow, but it will be limited by a number of fundamental factors, including dependence on weather conditions. In this sense, traditional sources of power generation will continue to be needed to ensure stable operation and maintain an efficient and safe supply network for consumers and customers in large cities and industrial clusters. We have chosen a strategy that combines different solutions to optimize the entire electricity production and distribution chain by 2023. We plan to reduce our carbon footprint by 800 million tonnes by 2025. By 2030, the number of CO2 consumers will be reduced by three times, and by 2040 our business should become absolutely carbon-neutral '', & mdash; says Gary Lawrence, Senior Vice President, Energy Schneider Electric, Hong Kong … He described how the company is restructuring and implementing an updated energy efficiency strategy in its business and for its customers.

“ There is no doubt that women do a lot for science. You just need to give them the opportunity to reach their full potential. Women continue to lack participation in decision-making and governance processes for reasons related to historical inequalities that are too ingrained in organizations. Sometimes you really need to start from scratch. WMO did not miss this opportunity and in 2019 embarked on deep governance reform. We created new modern structures and applied important criteria to each of them: we kept the balance by gender, regional representation and scientific and technical disciplines '', & mdash; explained Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Switzerland . She spoke about the use of gender differences to create an effective organizational structure in scientific organizations using the example of WMO:

These and other cases and international practices will form the basis of the Global Impact Conference case library, the materials of which will be available to people around the world.

Together with young visionaries working to achieve sustainable development goals, top managers of major corporations such as Rosatom, Nornickel, Rolls-Royce SMR, Volvo Group Trucks Technology, LʼOR & Eacute; AL, took part in GIC 2021. Microsoft, Spotify and others.


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