February 28, 2018: The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) in collaboration with the Arab Development Portal (ADP) – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) -Regional Bureau of Arab States (RBAS),The Global Compact Network – Lebanon and the American University of Beirut (AUB), hosted a roundtable discussion on The role of Philanthropic Organizations in Lebanon in response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Imad Baalbaki the Secretary of the Board of Directors – AFF and Vice President for Advancement responsible for the Offices of Development, Alumni Relations and Advancement Services at the AUB, opened the discussion with a welcome note on behalf of the AFF and the AUB. Ms. Haneen Khatib – Network and Membership Services Manager at the Arab Foundations Forum gave broef introduction on the AFF Membership Benefits and Services and the key forcus areas for this year including the SDGs.
Ms. Farah Choucair and Ms. Yasmine Koujou from the Arab Development Portal (ADP) Project, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Regional Bureau of Arab States (RBAS) gave an overview of the shoft from Millennium Development Goals towards a more inclusive and diverse Sustainable Development Goals. Then Ms.Ola Sidani an Economic Officer from The Prime Minister’s Office highlighted the relevant Goals to Lebanon including goals on equality, economic growth, governance and the environment, The SDGs’ challenges in Lebanon, The Lebanese Government’s engagement in the 2030 Agenda and SDGs process, as well as the challenges facing the government in the process and the Government’s preparations for Lebanon’s first The Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), which will be presented to the UN at in the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) next July.
Dr. Dima Jamali, Professor of Management at Kamal Shair Endowed Chair in Responsible Leadership – Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development – Editor in Chief – Business Ethics: A European Review – National Representative – Global Compact Network Lebanon from the American University of Beirut/ Olayan School of Business, presented an overview of the work of the Global Compact Network Lebanon and the progress of the networks’ work for the past two years on the SDGs, working with private sector leaders across Lebanon
We closed the meeting with an open discussion on the opportunities for to develop an ambitious shared vision of Lebanon and examples of different ways the philanthropic sector can collaborate and fast-tracking SDGs and how can grant-making organizations can advance the sustainable development agenda