The Roundtables are the core activity at the RISE World Summit to encourage collaboration around the challenges the world faces. Subject matter experts enable breakthrough interactions to identify outcomes for post event joint efforts and alliances, knowledge assets and more for collective impact.

The  Roundtable discussions at RISE are quite unique in their format. It is based on the RISE Breakthrough Interaction methodology and is quite organic in nature that allows for the experts and participants to bring to the front their own challenges and then explore solutions and interventions. We use the GIFT lens of Gender, Innovation, Finance and Technology to influence policy and decision makers, advocates and practitioners. Hence it is partially structured but it is also open to perspectives of diverse stakeholders to potentially lead to radical ideas, opportunities and new alliances to achieve the SDG’s.

Migrant Livelihoods and Vulnerable workers – Caux Round Table Japan

11:00-13:00 IST / 14:30-16:30 JST on Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Caux Round Table Japan is hosting a Round table on vulnerable workers, and planning to take this opportunity to collect information and to exchange views on the situation of vulnerable workers, which will be utilized for the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)’s survey, as a part of RISE World Summit 2021, inviting organizations who support vulnerable workers around the world affected by COVID-19 especially within the supply chain of Japanese companies., focusing 22 countries and 10 industries

Opportunities for Circular Economy Entrepreneurship in India – SEED India

14.00 to 16.00 IST on Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Eco-inclusive enterprises in several sectors already up-cycle conventional waste materials into useful products and facilitate the circulation of materials through society. Thus they have a key role in the transition from linear to circular economy. This roundtable will deliberate on the eco system required to facilitate circular economy entrepreneurship in India, examining gaps and requirements in knowledge support as well as in funding and finances.

Accountability for the SDGs – World Benchmarking Alliance

16:15 to 18:15 IST on Thursday, January 28th, 2021

The private sector has a crucial role to play in advancing the SDGs, but to boost companies’ motivation, there needs to be real change in the way that their impact is measured. Thresholds for Transformation and transformative benchmarks are the key to compare companies’ performance on the SDGs. Some of the key challenges and issues include effective collaboration across geographic divides, learning from best practices that draw in diverse perspectives and under-represented and/or marginalised communities when talking about corporate action and accountability on the SDGs. How do we demand more transparency, leadership and action on the SDGs from the SDG2000 companies? How can benchmarks be used to leverage this action? What are the thresholds that are required to accelerate progress on the SDGs and ultimately transform our world? These are some points of discussion at the table.

Generation Unlimited – UNICEF Global

18.30 to 20.30 IST on Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Generation Unlimited (GenU) is a partnership platform which brings together a wide and diverse range of stakeholders to make real and lasting impact in the lives and future of young people. Young people themselves are not only at the heart of the agenda, but key stakeholders in its development including co-creating solutions to challenges they face. Introduced by UNICEF in 2018, it now engages more than 43 countries. Early adopters of the agenda included India, Kenya and Bangladesh who all have advanced their partnerships and programmes. This Roundtable seeks to start a conversation around cross country coalitions and partnerships pertaining to the issues faced by youth as well as amplify youth as innovators and changemakers to challenges they face based on GenU’s strategic priorities

SDG Mapping & InterlinkagesSwedish Institute Global Alumni Network

15.15 - 17.15 GMT / 20.45 -22.45 IST on Thursday, January 28th, 2021

The Global Swedish Institute Alumni Meet is about the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals from a Sweden Alumni perspective when it comes to both challenges and opportunities.

The Roundtable aims to encourage discussions, inspire and raise awareness about the Global Goals and how everyone can collaborate and contribute to make the world more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Sweden, historically committed to international collaboration on global issues, is dedicated to doing what it can. The Swedish Institute’s toolkit – Accepting the challenge – Sweden and the 2030 Agenda will be explored as an outcome and way forward for Alumni Chapters in their respective countries and between alumni.

Digital Transformation in Quality of Public Education – Vibha USA

12:30 - 14:30 EST/ 23:00 - 01:00 IST on Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Digital transformation in education is about creating a more engaging, collaborative and effective education process, directly impacting the quality of education and its outcomes. The roundtable will focus on positive aspects and challenges as digital innovation as it relates to improved access to education and yet divided by access to technology (digital divide).

Over 1.2 Billion children globally have been out of the classroom for over 9 months due to the pandemic. The world has seen the rise of e-learning, remote teaching and digital teaching platforms. Digital innovation is at its peak. With digitalization of our daily lives, this is here to stay for beyond the pandemic.

So the question remains on the impact of digitalization & innovation on access, cost & quality of public education. What are the challenges in reaping full benefits of this and how can we overcome it?

Measuring & Monitoring to Manage SDG Programs – Community of Evaluators South Asia

9.00 - 11.00 IST on Friday, January 29th, 20219.00 - 11.00 IST on Friday, January 29th, 2021

Collaboration across societal sectors has emerged as one of the key defining factors in accelerating sustainable development goals in the 21st century. The proposed roundtable aims to identify the multi-layered challenges of achieving the SDGs.

  • SDG programs and the partnership of governments, private/corporate and civil society/VOPEs
  • the importance of measuring and monitoring for managing the SDG programs, and
  • define collaborative advantage in achieving the SDG goals.

Gender Responsive Value Chain Roundtable – FICCI FLO

11.15 - 13.15 IST on Friday, January 29th, 2021

“Women hold up half the sky” is an often used proverb to denote the importance of all things female. So when you believe that women are a source of power that can drive an economy, you want to find some great mechanism to multiply its impact.

The Gender Responsive Value Chain Roundtable focuses on Diversity & Inclusion policies and practices across various aspects of the workplace and society with relation to women in the role of:

  • Suppliers
  • Employees
  • Consumers
  • Decision Makers
  • Community Members

Climate Action Roundtable – Idobro Impact Solution

14.00 to 16.00 IST on Friday, January 29th, 2021

With the onset of 2021, implementation period for Sustainable Goals and Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) or Climate goals also begins. While some nations are on track of their NDC target pathway, others have been lagging behind. Countries have to bring various stakeholders together and cooperate with other countries in order to meet the global climate and development goals. With the United States rejoining the Paris agreement, it will be interesting to see how it boosts actions by other developed countries.

In the wake of COVID 19, economic profiles of several countries have changed, which might impact – i. their emission profile and thus difficulty/ ease in implementation of targets and; ii. Possible shift in political priority from climate to health or other social sectors.

  • What are the real challenges in front of developing countries and LDCs for implementation of measures related to their climate goals and SDGs.
  • What implications could be on strategies/actions of developed countries after US rejoining the Paris agreement?
  • How are countries like India engaging other stakeholders such as States, cities, private sector etc. to ensure its compliance? What role is being/ will be played by these stakeholders?.
These are some of the key points to be discussed on the table.

Agri-Supply Chain – Krushak Mitra

16.15 to 18.15 IST on Friday, January 29th, 2021

India is a world leader in the production of many commodities from milk to rice and wheat besides fruits and vegetables. Agriculture and its allied activities could be sought after as business opportunities for a diverse set of actors, from subsistence farmers to high technology agro -holdings and from biotech boutiques and small and medium-sized enterprises to multinational corporations.

According to studies, it is also evident that most of the problems in the agricultural sector can be solved by small ticket investments and business models. Financial services, Warehousing facilities, Transportation, Technology, IT, online retail, home deliveries and supply and distribution business are some of partnerships to be explored to strengthen the Agri-Supply Chain and for entrants to start a viable business for the welfare of farmers and development of agriculture sector.