“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Infrastructure, Investment, and Implementation”, a Conversation with Grete Faremo

  • DATE / TIME:
    2018•10•17    18:30 - 19:30

    The United Nations University cordially invites you to attend “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Infrastructure, Investment, and Implementation”, a conversation with Ms Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 17 October 2018 at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Three years ago, all 193 Member States of the United Nations committed themselves to reaching 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Promising to achieve global prosperity, peace, and protection of the environment, these goals are daunting in their breadth and complexity and implementation has proven to be challenging. To accomplish the SDGs, stakeholders from both the public and private sector must join together to leverage comparative advantages and foster innovative solutions.

    UNOPS plays an important role in facilitating strategic partnerships. The Office also supports the implementation of projects dedicated to achieving peace and sustainable development. With its knowledge of difficult geographies, infrastructure, and procurement services, how can UNOPS utilise its expertise and resources to help accelerate the 2030 Agenda? What lessons has UNOPS learned through its innovative experiences that may be useful in implementing the SDGs?

    Executive Director Grete Faremo will join Dr Sabine Becker-Thierry, UNU Chief of Staff, for a conversation on how SDG implementation can be achieved and the role of UNOPS in this process.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 16 October) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Ms Grete Faremo joined UNOPS as Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director in August 2014. Before joining UNOPS, she served as Minister of Justice and Public Security in her native country, the Kingdom of Norway. Executive Director Faremo has held several other senior-level government positions, including Minister of Defence, Minister of Oil and Energy and Minister for Development Cooperation. She also has extensive experience in the private sector and has sat on various advisory boards and associations throughout her career.

    Executive Director Faremo holds a Master of Laws from the University of Oslo. She is married and has one daughter.


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