UN Global Compact Recognizes SkyPower Founder and Chief Executive Officer as a 2016 Local SDG Pioneer
NEW YORK, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Kerry Adler honored as a Pioneer Leading CLIMATE ACTION
Today at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016 in New York, Kerry Adler, founder and CEO of SkyPower, was announced as one of ten 2016 Local SDG Pioneers. Mr. Adler was recognized for his efforts that align with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 on Climate Action.
Launched in 2016 as part of the UN Global Compact's Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, the Local SDG Pioneers programme seeks out individuals who are demonstrating how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can enable business to unlock economic, social and environmental gains for the world. Over 600 nominations were received from 100 countries between February and April 2016.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit - officially came into force on 1 January 2016. Over the next fifteen years with these new goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
"Each of the 2016 Local SDG Pioneers exemplifies how business can be a force for good in addressing the challenges we face as a global society," said Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact Executive Director. "Mr. Adler is a passionate advocate for climate change, particularly clean energy. He is leading developments towards a renewable power sector in Canada and international markets for sustainable energy solutions - making him a Pioneer on climate action."
The Pioneers are made up of entrepreneurs who are championing sustainability through their business models and changemakers who are mobilizing the business community broadly to take action in support of the SDGs. A Pioneers Selection Group, comprised of experts from the UN, academia, civil society and the private sector, ranked the nominees based on a set of criteria, resulting in the ten 2016 Global Compact Local SDG Pioneers. In the years to come, the Global Compact's Pioneers programme will become a vital part of the organization's priority to make global goals local business.