4. LA Riga: SDG 1 & 3

From 05th to 08th of February 2019, LatConsul will host the fourth learning activity in Riga, Latvia. Methodology of this learning activity will consist of lectures, presentations, discussion and interactive workshops. During those five days, project partners and the representatives of companies and decision makers (in a live manner and via Skype) from each project partner country will educate each other and share practices when it comes to measuring social impact of companies regarding the SDGs as well as measuring the integration of socially-oriented SDGs in their business models that builds upon the UN guidelines. Social Sustainable Development Goals of each learning activity are chosen on the basis of their complementarity, as well as according to the knowledge and the expertise of the project partner responsible for the topic. The participants of this learning activity, as others, will be employees and project managers of each project partner organizations. Employees and project managers of each project partner organization have required knowledge, expertise and skills in sustainability in order to participate and conduct each learning activity, as well as assure the overall success of the project.

During five days of the fourth learning activity, following project partners will present the following SDGs:

LATCONSUL: Sustainable Development Goal 1: No poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere  

No poverty is the number one goal according to the United Nation Development Programme. Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity and essential for social inclusion. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2015 – from 1.9 billion to 836 million – too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs. Globally, more than 800 million people are still living on less than 1.15 EUR a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid economic growth in some countries has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to live in poverty than men due to unequal access to paid work, education and property. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty.

The SDGs are a bold commitment. This involves targeting the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, inclusion and supporting communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters. The activities will mainly focus on business sector education because businesses are in large part responsible for the future economic development and they should be included in discussion.The aim is responsible business education that will reduce the poverty level.

HOMO EMINENS: Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good health and well-being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Today majority of decisions are driven by big data. Health care and well-being issues are not an exception, important for all social stakeholders. Nevertheless as many organisations point out this process provides only “touch points” of where and what happened, but less how and why it came about. We know that introduction of ICT technologies (with smart apps etc.) into everyday life of a person have not stopped obesity, children death in young age and have not increased family planning by much. If one saw that having a baby early enables great responsibilities, does not mean that he or she will act in mindful way when the situation happens. Such habits are intrinsically cultural that could be comprehended by understanding the phenomenon holistically, and then solving it with technological solutions accordingly, but not vice versa. Therefore in order to discuss, find sustainable and tangible answers Homo Eminens will invite experts from both big and thick data areas to share knowledge and connect the dots regarding to good health and well-being of all social groups, with emphasis on social inclusion. Possible decision makers and company representatives are Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius TechPark, IBM etc.

During the learning activity, project partners will work on the development of webinars and handbook about the above stated topics.