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Posted: Nov 24, 2015 at 11:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar, GCON, (Rtd),  has been confirmed as the Special Guest of Honour at the International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria (ICCN) Annual Dinner and Dance slated for Friday, 27th November, 2015 at The Metropolitan Club, 15, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos from 6.30pm with Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, Managing Director/CEO, Airtel Nigeria Limited as the Keynote Speaker.

In a statement by the Secretary General of the ICCN, Mrs. Olubunmi Osuntuyi, the 2015 edition of the Annual Dinner is to mark the official launch of the ICC Charter on SDG. The ICC Charter sets out a strategic framework to enable companies to place sustainability at the heart of their operations—from staff recruitment to product innovation and environmental management

Identifying with the global stance of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ICC has served as the official business focal point to the negotiation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), representing our 6.5 million members in over 130 countries. ICC  welcome the increased emphasis that the SDGs place on the role of the private sector in promoting sustainable development and—as the world business organization—stand ready to actively support and contribute to the implementation of the new goals.

Having received world-wide support from civil society, business, parliamentarians and other actors, the SDGs represent an unprecedented agreement around sustainable development priorities among 193 Member States. With the shared global goals and targets, countries will tailor them and implement policies at the country level. The 17 SDGs and 169 targets of the new agenda will be monitored and reviewed using a set of global indicators. The global indicator framework, to be developed by the Inter Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators, will be agreed on by the UN Statistical Commission by March 2016. Governments will also develop their own national indicators to assist in monitoring progress made on the goals and targets.

Other activities lined up for the day according to her, is the award of certificate to successful participants of the International Finance Corporation Finance of International Trade (IFC FIT Initiative programme). The successful participants are drawn from Access Bank Plc and Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce. The IFC FIT Initiative Certification program is a three-month online capacity building training leading to Certificate of achievement from ICC Headquarters, Paris and Institute of Export UK. The e-learning program was designed with two important goals which are to train and certify international trade finance professionals in their core area of expertise and thus enhance their productivity in their day-to-day roles and to build an online global network of international trade professionals who could share expertise knowledge on an online platform.

Founded in 1919, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), is the largest, most representative business organization in the world.  Nigeria joined the ICC in 1979 and was re-organized in 1999 sequel to the realization of the benefits, which the business community could derive from broad network of over 90 countries with National Committees linked with ICC Headquarters in Paris.

ICC’s global network comprises companies, chambers of commerce and business associations. More than 2,000 experts drawn from ICC’s member companies feed their knowledge and experience into crafting the ICC stance on specific business issues.

The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and many other intergovernmental bodies, both international and regional, are kept in touch with the views of international business through ICC.  It has established several Commissions to examine major policy issues of interest to world business.