Bratislava, Slovakia

20 June 2019

Secretary-General's video message for Smarthead Sustainability Summit

I am pleased to send my best wishes to the Smarthead Sustainability Summit.

Our planet faces severe economic, social and environmental challenges, including a global climate emergency.

The Sustainable Development Goals offer us a plan of action.

More and more, the private sector is seeing the potential of climate action, green technology and sustainable business models.

This is both heartening and critical.

Simply put: what is good for people and planet is also good for business.

I urge you all to embrace the 2030 Agenda as a driver of your business strategies, innovation and investment decisions.

And I ask you  to announce new corporate decarbonization plans in line with the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

Together, we can usher in a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for all.

Thank you.