In episode 1 of Impact Adventures, U.N. diplomat and SDG negotiator Esther Pan Sloane and sustainable investment pro Jay Lipman describe the history of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the role investors will play in whether or not they are achieved by 2030.
Sloane and Lipman help Liz and Steve understand and explain how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals emerged following the successes and the misses of the 8 MDGs. The Millennium Development Goals showed negotiators the importance of including all nations in setting priorities for the globe and the value of incorporating stakeholders like businesses to help achieve the 2030 Agenda, commonly called the SDGs.
Investors play a critical role in fighting poverty, displacing hunger and meeting the missions behind all the goals and financial advisers are their guide towards supporting a sustainable world by 2030.
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In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- What the SDGs are and how they are to be achieved
- How did those 17 goals emerge out of the 8 MDGs?
- Pitfalls of not including developing nations when you expect those governments to affect change
- What the MDGs achieved for a billion people
- Esther Pan Sloane describes what it was like in the room as the SDGs were negotiated
- Sustainable investment manager Jay Lipman explains how advisers can use the SDGs to connect with clients
- The investor role in attaining the SDGs
Esther Pan Sloane is head of partnerships, policy and communication for the United Nations Capital Development Fund since 2015. In this role she engages with the private sector to attract funding for projects that work towards achieving the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. A U.S. national and former diplomat, Sloane was part of the U.S. team that negotiated the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
Jay Lipman is CEO of Ethic, which is a tech-driven asset management firm he created in 2015 to simplify and popularize the creation of sustainable investment portfolios. Ethic builds separately managed accounts that are optimized to track the market, align with a client’s investment allocation and outperform chosen sustainability criteria. Lipman’s firm also guides clients in developing a personal mission statement.