‘Sus­tain­abil­ity vi­tal in­put for all de­vel­op­ment’

The con­fer­ence aims to pro­mote gov­er­nance and sus­tain­abil­ity in all or­gan­i­sa­tions in the Sul­tanate

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

MUS­CAT: Oman Gov­er­nance and Sus­tain­abil­ity Cen­tre (OGSC) or­gan­ised the 1st Sus­tain­abil­ity Con­fer­ence un­der the aus­pices of Dr. Yahya bin Mah­foudh Al Man­theri, Chair­man of the State Coun­cil at Oman Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Tues­day.

The con­fer­ence aims to pro­mote gov­er­nance and sus­tain­abil­ity in all or­gan­i­sa­tions in the Sul­tanate. The chief guest said that the United Na­tions (UN) en­cour­ages all states to in­tro­duce the con­cept of sus­tain­abil­ity and that the Sul­tanate has taken many points and in­dices re­lated to sus­tain­abil­ity into con­sid­er­a­tion while de­vel­op­ing its plans.

Ab­dul­lah bin Salem Al Salmi, OGSC Chair­man stressed the im­por­tance of sus­tain­abil­ity and its re­la­tion with all eco­nomic, knowl­edge and busi­ness fields.

While ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, he noted that the con­fer­ence cast light on a num­ber of im­por­tant is­sues re­lated to sus­tain­able eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and its prac­tices in the Sul­tanate.

He pointed out that the con­fer­ence fo­cuses on the Sus­tain­abil­ity Char­ter.

On his turn, Sayyid Hamed bin Sul­tan Al Bu­saidi, Ex­ec­u­tive Man­ager of OGSC said that the Sus­tain­abil­ity Char­ter aims at pro­vid­ing guid­ing prin­ci­ples in the field of sus­tain­abil­ity to help or­gan­i­sa­tions that seek to adopt best prac­tices in this field.

The con­fer­ence in­cluded a num­ber of panel dis­cus­sions; the first of which was un­der the theme the de­vel­op­ment of sus­tain­abil­ity strate­gies in the Sul­tanate. The ses­sion cov­ered the steps ap­proved by the Sul­tanate to in­te­grate sus­tain­abil­ity in its Vi­sion 2040. The ses­sion also dis­cussed the na­tional ef­forts made to en­sure con­sis­tency be­tween the sus­tain­abil­ity plans and the UN Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals (UNMDGs)

The sec­ond ses­sion on so­cial strate­gic in­vest­ment pro­gramme high­lighted the con­cept of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and the dif­fer­ence be­tween this con­cept and the cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR). The speak­ers re­viewed the chal­lenges fac­ing those in­ter­ested in the fields of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in terms of data col­lec­tion and the tech­nolo­gies used in analysing re­turn on in­vest­ment (RoI).

The third ses­sion on pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship and its ef­fect on the so­ci­ety cov­ered the role of dif­fer­ent sec­tors and the im­por­tance of en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween them to achieve the so­cial ef­fect that will lead to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

DE­LIB­ER­A­TIONS: The First Sus­tain­abil­ity Con­fer­ence was or­gan­ised un­der the aus­pices of Dr. Yahya bin Mah­foudh Al Man­theri, Chair­man of the State Coun­cil.

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