The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in September 2015, are an intergovernmental set of aspirational goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each of the 17 goals has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
The Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) held its 2016 Annual Conference with the theme Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals through Microfinance. The conference discussed current initiatives of the microfinance sector related to the SDGs and the role of microfinance in achieving and fulfilling the sustainable development targets on clean water and sanitation, resilient human settlements, clean energy, health and well-being, as well as its potential contribution in minimizing the impact of climate change on communities through adaptation and reducing vulnerabilities, among other things.
The conference is MCPI’s annual event that brings together microfinance actors representing practitioners (NGOs, banks and cooperatives), funders, government institutions, donors, investors and other support organizations.