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Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UN Environment for coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development.
The MoU aims to cover all major interest common areas of both CII and UN Environment. It also aims to provide framework of cooperation and facilitate cooperation in areas including environment, renewable energy, climate change, resource conservation and management, energy efficiency, water sanitation, smart cities and urban infrastructure.
The major activity planned by CII and UN Environment under this MoU includes #Un-plastic Initiative. It will begin with ‘Call to Action’ which will include commitments by industry to take action to curb plastic pollution. Further, CII will work towards voluntary codes in Indian industry on issue of plastics. Outside India on global scenario, CII will engage with industry forums in different countries to which it is linked, especially in Africa through its annual CII-Africa Conclave.
UN Environment (or UNEP) is leading global environmental authority that sets global environmental agenda, promotes coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as authoritative advocate for global environment. It was established in June 1972. It is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
The NITI Aayog and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and entered into three-year partnership. The MoU was signed during Government and Business Partnership Conclave held in New Delhi. This partnership focuses on specific activities that seek to develop vision and action agenda for businesses and industries to contribute to SDGs, annual status reports and sector-specific best practise documents.
Government and Business Partnership Conclave
It was jointly organised by NITI Aayog, CII and United Nations. IT witnessed participation from senior officials from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Power and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
On sidelines of this conclave, CII also launched report—Indian Solutions for the World to Achieve SDGs. The report deep-dives into each of SDGs, targets and business implications thereof. It also cites examples that illustrate how companies have incorporated SDGs framework into their business strategy and gone about achieving them.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
CII is an association of Indian businesses which works to create environment conducive to growth of industry in India. The headquarters of CII is located at New Delhi.