United Nations Headquarters - 11-12 February 2020. 

John Garces, Business Engagement manager, has described his intervention at the United Nations Headquarters as a memorable experience. 

Whilst celebrating the achievements of Women and Girls in Science, this year’s Assembly also focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. 

I was immensely honoured to have the opportunity to represent St Luke’s and the work with our corporate partners at this important and inspiring event. 

Read a copy of John's speech here.

This year’s Assembly brought together stakeholders from high-level government officials, representatives of international organisations, foundations, private sector, civil society as well as women and people in science from around the world. 

Discussion focussed on:

➡️the interlinkages between gender inequality - specifically in science- digital and tech revolution, and agricultural sector for Sustainable Development.

➡️Recognising the interplay and interdependency between science, technology and the digital economy for inclusive and green economic growth.

➡️Frameworks to shape the future of digital economy for society through developing an integrated Digital Economy, Culture and Sociology, to implement policies. 

Panels with experts and leaders from around the world shared their best practices & strategies and also delivered evidence- based green and inclusive solutions that meet the needs of countries in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. 

The St Luke’s Business Engagement intervention was focussed on Sustainable Development Goal 17 – partnerships for the goals, addressing our work with the private sector. John’s intervention was under a session celled: Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) For Sustainable Development Goals. 

There was also opportunities of networking and I met people from all over the world including a team from NASA, which was very inspiring! This was also a great opportunity to promote our Steps to Success aspirational careers event and our Digital Inclusion programme. 

I’m proud of the work we’ve done together with our corporate partners and local organisations such as City University and the local schools for over a decade. Furthermore, I was absolutely thrilled that our work with the private sector gets global attention and to have the opportunity to share this with the world! 

We are incredibly grateful to our corporate partners who have consistently worked with us in partnership and co-production to achieve our goals in supporting our community. A profound thank you to all our corporates partners for their continued support over the years. Also, a massive thank you to our corporate partner Hogan Lovells for making this possible.