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SABIC to join Saudi delegation to UN forum on sustainable development

by Martin Menachery on Jul 11, 2018


Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC vice chairman and CEO.
Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC vice chairman and CEO.

SABIC will be part of a Saudi Arabian delegation led by the Ministry of Economy and Planning, to the upcoming High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development at the UN headquarters in New York from during 9-18 July.

Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC vice chairman and CEO, will participate as an official member of the Saudi delegation. Saudi Arabia, led by Faisal bin Fadhil bin Mohsin Alibrahim, deputy minister of economy and planning,  will be participating for the first time in the  forum, with a delegation representing the public and private sectors, besides NGOs.

Saudi Arabia will participate in the plenary sessions as well as side events organised around the conference theme of HLPF, ‘Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies’.

SABIC will represent the Saudi private sector during the ‘Voluntary National Review’ of Saudi Arabia’s sustainability efforts, as well as being one of the main participants in the ‘Energy in KSA’ side event.

“SABIC is extremely proud to join the Saudi government to represent the private sector at this important international event,” Al-Benyan said. “From the very beginning, sustainability has been in SABIC’s corporate DNA and is central to achieving our 2025 strategy. SABIC is consistently striving for ever better performance in environmental and social responsibility."

Convened under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council, the HLPF will include a three-day ministerial meeting of the forum during 16-18 July.

The HLPF is the central body for the follow-up and review for the implementation of sustainable development commitments and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations in 2015. Achieving all 169 targets would signal accomplishing all 17 goals. The SDGs cover social and economic development issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, urbanisation, environment and social justice.


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