Sustainable Economy Forum

8 February 2018

Sustainable Economy Forum

San Patrignano Community and Confindustria launch the Sustainable Economy Forum.

This international event aims to provide two days of discussion, reflections and experiences with eminent entrepreneurs, economists, policy-makers, intellectuals, researchers and social players to offer long term solutions to the most pressing global issues.

The main perspective is that of sustainability and of responsibility, key-words that give meaning to the two days of debates. Such a perspective is first of all based on the achievements of the UN Agenda 2030 statement, which declare in the Preamble: “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.” and further on: “We pledge to foster inter-cultural understanding, tolerance, mutual respect and an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibility.

We acknowledge the natural and cultural diversity of the world and recognize that all cultures and civilizations can contribute to, and are crucial enablers of, sustainable development.”

The European Union’s commitment to pursue with determination the UN Agenda 2030 strengthens the Forum’s objectives from an European point of view. In the foreground of the summit there is the enterprises central role. The co-promoting of the Forum by Confindustria stressed the aim of the Italian enterprise system to increase and enhance the existing dialogue with the national and international social actors, in order to give voice and answer to the top priority instances of the globalized society.

The Sustainable Economy Forum is an opportunity to highlight specific and dedicated topical issues directly related to the public good. Speakers with various backgrounds, profiles and experiences will address fundamental topics both for today world and for future generations such as welfare, women empowerment, digital transformation, urban liveability, culture essential role, new banking models, wellbeing attainment, etc.

In line with the G7 2017 Taormina Summary, international cooperation is the way to support Africa’s stability, security, peace and sustainable development. As the G7 Chair’s Summary of the Outreach Session on Africa states: “Africa’s stability requires effective responses, with the active and continuous support of the international community, to the primary challenges of food security and nutrition, public health, human mobility, quality education, environmental protection and access to sustainable energy. (…)

It was stated that innovation and human capital development can be powerful drivers of sustainable and inclusive development in Africa”. In this frame, the role of both public and private sector investments and of entrepreneurial systems is a crucial way in promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the continent.