On 18th December 2018, A one day conference was organized by UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI) and Jayanthee SreeJeevika Foundation at Hotel Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata on Awareness Quotient- UN SDGs Agenda 2030. It was the second edition of the previous conference held in the month of August last year at Hyderabad with an objective of spreading the word of sustainable development goals and bringing Government representatives, policy makers and corporates under a single roof. SDSN Youth was the outreach partner for this conference.
The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. T. Krishna Prasad (IPS), Chairman-Road Safety Authority (Government of Telangana) and Co-Chaired by Mr. Ajay Sahoo (VP- Corporate HR, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group), Mr. Malay Chatterjee (Advisor, Mineral & Trading Development Corp Ltd. Govt. of West Bengal) and me.
Being a representative of a youth led organization (SDSN-Youth) in the capacity of SDG Coordinator, I spoke on the importance of involving youth in sustainable development practices. As they have the energy to move and change the current disposition in the world, for better future is in the vision of the budding population. Their active participation will uplift the societies and communities towards a bright future. Youth initiatives from different communities should join together to create a chain of networked communities to join altogether for a uniform change in attitudes of population worldwide.
Furthermore, the conference showcased the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) towards sustainable development. It spoke the need and the necessity of the active corporate participation for the promotion and awareness within the organizations about the upcoming sustainable practices and generating livelihood in the society. Over the years CSR has formed a bridge between government and corporates to form partnerships and accelerate development practices through systematic leveraging of resources by reducing disparity in the society.
However, CSR will only be leveraged if we understand and follow Human Social Responsibility (HSR) first and work towards social good. HSR comes from within, irrespective of organizational structure and revenues.
Mohammed Subhan Khan is the SDG Coordinator for UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth (SDSN-Y) from TERI SAS, South Asia Network. He is trained as an Electronics and Communication Engineer and has worked for 2 years in the industry. He is currently pursuing Master of Technology in Renewable Energy and Engineering Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS). He has also been a founding member of a Delhi based solar start-up in India (2016). Subhan is also leading the School University Network (SUN) of TERI SAS, which sensitize people on sustainability and environment related issues by conducting workshops and seminars at schools, colleges and organizations.