Marie Trogstam represents AFRY at UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development meeting
The United Nations has a key role in driving the global transformation and fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda. The High-level Political Forum 2020 (HLPF) is currently taking place with a focus on ”Accelerated action and transformative pathways. Realising a decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.
AFRY’s Head of Sustainability Marie Trogstam is part of the Swedish e-delegation, chaired by the State Secretary for the Environment, Eva Svedling. As part of the session on building back better after Covid-19, Marie officially represented Sweden with a statement on how the recovery needs to be green, inclusive and take place with the help of the multilateral institutions and development banks.
“Together with our Nordic neighbours, Sweden must jointly find ways to scale up local pilot projects to also be useful on a broad front globally. We need further collaboration with the business community where many of the technical solutions are already available. This is knowledge that should be translated into concrete action when accelerating energy transition and sustainable development elsewhere,” says Marie Trogstam.
In addition to this, Sweden has issued a publication with good examples where different actors operationalise the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs.
AFRY has contributed with two great cases from Sustainable Stories on collaboration and impact on e.g. SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 9 (innovation), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals):
Leaving no one behind
Measuring and following up the effects of HIV treatment is crucial for patients’ survival and wellbeing. Several measurement methods and instruments are available, but their design is based on practical and environmental conditions that are only available at modern hospitals. AFRY is collaborating with biotech company Cavidi to develop ZIVA, an automated system, which when combined with a new measurement method can increase access to HIV monitoring.
Harnessing science, technology and innovation with a greater focus on digital transformation for sustainable development
AFRY has collaborated with the Swedish Transport Administration and Volvo Cars to improve access and road safety by using friction data from connected cars.
In order to keep on track towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, a holistic approach where complex matters are addressed based on science and facts will be the way forward, together with brave decisions.