Social Good Summit 2016 İstanbul Meet-up Opening Remarks by Kamal Malhotra

Sep 29, 2016

Dear colleagues, Dear friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Social Good Summit 2016 in İstanbul. Today, we would like you to visualize the year 2030 and tell us about your views on how new technologies, social media and innovation could support development efforts, or the “Social Good” between now and 2030.

The Social Good Summit has been a unique platform for 7 years during which time global citizens around the world have united to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

This year's Social Good Summit is the most globally connected yet, with around 100 nations taking part in local discussions around the globe. It is the fourth time that Turkey is joining this global community.

The discussions around the world have brought together everyone from citizens and doctors to activists and ministers of government to discuss how digital technology can be used to make the world a better place by 2030.

Along with discussions around the world, the discussions in Istanbul today will focus on the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives and solutions to address the greatest challenges of our time. We will try to answer one simple question: “What type of world do we want to live in by 2030?”

This discussion builds on the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) which were agreed by UN member states in New York as part of the sustainable development agenda in September 2015. Starting from 1 January 2016, we have entered a new 15 year period with a new global development agenda.

The SDGs will be the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which were identified after an unprecedented global consultation process which included a survey conducted in 83 countries involving more than 7 million people. A diverse set of stakeholders, including vulnerable groups, women, young people, people with disabilities and the private sector, as well as many governments around the world were consulted.

The key messages from the reports on the SDGs which summarize the findings from the global conversation are clear: People want to be a part of delivering this new agenda, and to hold governments and businesses accountable for their promises and commitments. The people consulted also stressed the importance of participation, inclusion, as well as strengthened capacities and partnerships.

As a result, I would like to challenge you to imagine the world you want to live in by 2030 by sharing your views and lessons learned about how technology and social media can help create such a world by then.

This is why our event’s hashtag which you can use on social media is #2030NOW.  

(I will now share my tweet with you for the Social Good Summit İstanbul meet-up. You see my TWITTER account on screen now! )

(TWEET TEXT: World decided its #GlobalGoals for 2030. How do you think your world should look like in 2030? Join the discussion #2030Şimdi #2030NOW )

Before concluding, I would like to thank the TURK TELEKOM GROUP for being our main partner for this event.  I would also like to thank our other valuable supporters for their contributions to this event.

We hope to enjoy your continued support for our concerted efforts to tackle developmental challenges and connect people around the world.

I wish you a very fruitful meeting. Thank you.

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