The 2018 Summit took place in Gaza, steered by Senior Account and Quality Manager Mahmoud Shehada.
Watch the 2018 highlights
Takeaways from the summit
- Co-ordination is key to sustainable development; separation only serves to perpetuate fragility.
- Sustainable development objectives need to be developed and defined from the inside.
- The private sector has an important role to play; the SDGs cannot be the responsibility of the UN and government alone.
- Despite issues faced in Gaza, positive steps can be taken towards achieving sustainability.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
The United Nations are intimately involved in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and actions to push them forward. Through this summit, CTG created a call to action to the private sector and other actors to join the conversation.
The summit hosted a combination of keynote presentations by private sector experts and high-level practitioners from UN Agencies, and INGOs, panel discussions as well as round tables. The aim was to open a debate among the different stakeholders on solutions for sustainable development and how to to transform society at the local and global level.
Within the context of Gaza, topics discussed included “Opportunities, challenges and priorities for the SDGs” and “The private sector: a critical force in driving the SDGs”.
CTG Senior Account Manager in Gaza.
I am confident that taking steps to achieving the SDGs is the key to peace and resilience in Gaza.
The summit aimed for practical actions to transform society. CTG encouraged the creation of an SDG Council, a permanent and multidisciplinary knowledge network for the implementation of the SDGs, where all stakeholders will learn from each other.
The hope is that this Council will enhance cooperation and partnerships between United Nations agencies, INGOs and local community organisations to support the delivery of SDGs and improve life in Gaza by 2030.