SEED at the High-level Political Forum 2018

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Honouring the Role of Eco-inclusive Enterprises for the SDGs


a SEED side event co-organized by South Africa and Germany, in partnership with UN Environment, UNDP, IUCN

16th July, 18:30 – 20:00

UN Conference Building, Conference Room A, New York

The involvement of the private sector is instrumental to realize a global transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. Still we underestimate the critical role of Small and Medium Enterprises/SMEs who already provide practical approaches to secure water and sanitation for all (SDG 6), to ensure affordable and sustainable energy (SDG 7), and to develop inclusive, sustainable cities and settlements (SDG 11). With their sustainable production patterns (SDG 12) these enterprises successfully protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems around the world (SDG 15).

This side event will highlight the important contributions of innovative eco-inclusive SMEs to sustainable and resilient societies, and especially to ensuring affordable and sustainable energy (SDG 7). It will draw attention to their visible impacts in local communities created through valuable partnerships in response to urgent sustainability challenges. In an innovative format we will develop ideas how to better mainstream the promising business models of eco-inclusive SMEs into the global platform of programmes and measures that implement the SDG achievement.

The announcement of the 2018 SEED Low-Carbon Award Winners (sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety/International Climate Initiative) will showcase innovative business models demonstrating the capacity of SMEs to deliver solutions the global community is looking for, especially in support of SDG 7. A number of SEED Low-Carbon Award Winners combine climate-smart technologies with groundbreaking revenue models to ensure affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. During the coming months SEED Low-Carbon Award Winners will be supported by SEED through the International Climate Initiative to scale their operations and provide replicable  business cases that can be established by peers all around the world. The announcement will be accompanied by a press release and a comprehensive communication initiative on- and offline.



18:30     Opening Remarks

  • Alexander Carius, Founder and Managing Director, adelphi research gGmbH (SEED hosting partner)
  • Rhulani Baloyi, Deputy Director International Sustainable Development, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

18:45     The Potential of Eco-inclusive SME’s Contributions for the SDG Achievement (Interactive Discussion)

  • Ajaita Shah, Frontier Markets, SEED Low Carbon Award Winner 2014, India
  • Dave Lello, Ekasi Energy, SAG-SEED Award Winner 2017, South Africa
  • Arthur Woniala, Khainza Energy Limited, Uganda

Moderator: Jona Liebl, Head of Programmes, SEED

19:30     Announcement of the 2018 SEED Low-Carbon Award Winners

  • Jona Liebl, Head of Programmes, SEED

20:00     End


RSVP to Marion Müller vom Berge by July 13.  Please note that access to the UN conference building and this side event is only granted for persons with valid UN ground passes / HLPF event tickets.

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