On Saturday 1 September, hundreds of people gathered at the port of Yokohama to say goodbye to the Peace Boat’s 99th Global Voyage, the first to sail in collaboration with the UN SDG Action Campaign. Departing from Yokohama, Japan, on September 1 and returning on December 17, 2018, Peace Boat will visit to 24 ports in 23 countries in 4 months, to mobilize people to take action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In collaboration with the UN SDG Action Campaign, Peace Boat’s Global Voyages will conduct education, advocacy, capacity building and awareness raising for the SDGs.
“Inspiring and engaging everyone to take action is the only way the SDGs will be achieved. Combining the expertise, tools, and creativity of the UN SDG Action Campaign with the reach and the innovative approach of the Peace Boat, will allow us to mobilize more individuals to step forward and join the global movement taking action for the SDGs.” said the Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign, Mitchell Toomey. Peace Boat Director and Founder, Yoshioka Tatsuya said “Peace Boat and the UN SDG Action Campaign share common goals. Working together, we will be able to engage more people to achieve the 2030 Agenda“.
Various related events will be held during the voyage, including an event together with the UNDP in Male, the capital of the Maldives, on September 17 and actions as part of the mass mobilization day on the SDGs anniversary o 25 September, the Global Day to #Act4SDGs.
Both entities will join forces in the development of Peace Boat’s educational programming, including Global University and SDG Youth Programmes, through guest educators from the Campaign and partner networks, the global citizen platform MY World and the MY World photo and video stories.
Furthermore, the UN SDG Action Campaign and Peace Boat will collaborate to develop SDG educational and visual content, events and exhibitions to make the SDGs part of the Peace Boat’s Ecoship which will sail as the Flagship for the SDGs and be the platform for Peace Boat’s future voyages.
The United Nations SDG Action Campaign and Peace Boat announced their collaboration through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, in July.
Kofi Annan was a visionary leader, a dedicated diplomat and a committed campaigner for peace, human rights and social justice. The UN SDG Action Campaign joins the United Nations family and the rest of the world in mourning the passing on of Mr Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General who died on the 18th of August, 2018.
Mr Annan worked tirelessly to ensure that the United Nations is about the people and together with Member States delivered the UN Millennium Declaration which gave birth to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
To his eternal credit, Mr Annan established the UN Millennium Campaign, the precursor of the SDG Action Campaign to mobilise the world around the MDGs and rally all people to a global movement of making poverty history. Today, the impact of the MDGs and the work of the Millennium Campaign have both gave the world a renewed vigour and commitment to ending poverty and inequalities and a planet befitting for present and future generations. This is evident in the adoption of the successor frameworks of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.
Above all, in establishing the Millennium Campaign, Mr. Annan laid the foundation for giving people voices to participate in global and national processes that determine their future. The UN SDG Action Campaign has continued in this light in our work and partnerships across the world.
On his departure, we celebrate the life of a leader, a reformer and a Campaigner. We believe that the best way to immortalise the life and work of Mr. Annan is in promoting the ideals for which he lived and worked for – a world without poverty and injustice. The UN SDG Action Campaign will always be inspired by his vision to continue to work with our partners all over the world to build a global movement that will facilitate the achievement of the SDGs by giving people voices to engage with this universal and transformative agenda.
Last weekend, young german photographers brought the Sustainable Development Goals to life to the over 20,000 visitors at the German Federal Government Open Day in Berlin.
Sustainable Consumption, mental health, unequal opportunities or renewal energy were some of the issues selected by young photographers to portray the need for action on the SDGs in their communities. The photo stories were selected among the imagery created by participants of the Young People Program. This initiative is run by CANON in collaboration with the UN SDG Action Campaign to train students in visual storytelling and photography to have impact on the issues that matter to them and to their communities whilst putting their views on the SDGs on the spotlight. World Press Photographers such as Daniel Etter, Pulitzer Prize in 2016, contributed to both the trainings and the selection processes. The exhibition is both compelling and beautiful and it conveys young people’s priorities within the SDGs.
“The SDGs will only be achieved if we all contribute our part. Through this program, the UN SDG Action Campaign gives young people a voice and an opportunity to get involved in their communities and contribute to create a better world for all.” says Marina Ponti, Head of the Global Campaign Center of the UN SDG Action Campaign
The Young People Program exhibit was part of a number of SDG related activities at the open doors day, bringing the SDGs at the center of the German Chancellery and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) open spaces.
The Open Days of the German government in Berlin this year celebrated the 25th anniversary of German unification. And in regard to the German strive for Sustainability, there was a strong focus on the SDGs. Visitors had the opportunity to look behind the scenes and meet high-profile leaders such as the Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel, or Helge Braun, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, participate in workshops and activities, and gain an insight into how the German Government operates.
The Young People Program photo exhibition can be seen in the Berlin and Cologne Central Stations in September as part of the program of IFA and Photokina, international photography gatherings.
Pearl Jam, Artic Monkeys, The National, The Queens of the Stone Age, Franz Ferdinand were some of the bands that performed at the Festival which attracts more than 165,000 people over three days.
In the SDG Action Zone, Festival-goers could take a picture with a frame or a cube of their favourite SDG and post it on social media. The Secretary of State for Tourism and several digital influencers visited the stand!
The SDG video “We the people” was screened at all the stages, during all concert breaks, impacting thousands of people.
Ten thousand reusable bags with the SDGs were distributed to promote the #FightPlasticPollution Campaign.
The United Nations presence at the Festival was the subject of much interest in the media, and was covered on prime time national TV. The SDG Action Zone at NOS Alive was inspired by the UN SDG Action Campaign.
For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, institutions, organizations, civil society and people like you.
On September 25th we’ll mark the 3rd anniversary of the historic adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by joining forces and challenging national & local governments, institutions & organizations of all kinds, influencers & citizens in every corner of the world to take action for the SDGs; to end poverty & inequalities, protect the planet & ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Will you join us?
Together, we’ll celebrate those who are making a real difference in their work, home and public life taking concrete actions; and to expand these actions to others; to ensure the SDGs deliver on their promise of a more just and sustainable world in which no one is left behind.
You are invited to join, share, and inspire even more people to #act4SDGs! Start planning your action and building momentum! Register here to become an #act4SDGs partner.
Thousands of high-level representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector will gather at the annual High-level Political Forum (HLPF) this month to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss successes, challenges and lessons learnt on the road to a fairer, more peaceful and prosperous world on a healthy planet by 2030.
Forty-seven countries will submit their Voluntary National Review (VNRs) – an important, evidence-based platform to highlight national implementation. Since the launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the number of countries presenting VNRs has more than doubled from 22 in 2016. With this year’s Forum, more than 120 countries would have submitted their reviews, showing commitment to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. The Forum also brings together leaders from all sectors of society, including the business community and civil society.
This year’s Forum will review in depth six out of the 17 SDGs under the theme, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” The set of goals to be reviewed include:
Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development (reviewed yearly)
Cruise Terminal, Pier 90, 711 12th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Peace Boat will visit New York City this July 12-13, in the first of two visits in 2018 (next is October 29-30). This visit, during Peace Boat’s 98th Global Voyage, coincides with the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and Peace Boat will hold an inaugural Partnership Expo onboard
This event will highlight the importance of partnerships for transformation toward resilient and sustainable societies and showcase various initiatives toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN SDG Action Campaign will be part of the exhibition area showcasing Humans of MY World, information on results coming from the MY World survey and providing UN Virtual Reality experiences to visitors.
Trusteeship Council Chamber in the UN Conference Building
During the side event the UN SDG Action Campaign will join the panel jointly with one of our key partners, Paragon –a network of marketing research groups- who conducted a representative research using My World 2030 survey in Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Romania. The research aims at collecting citizen’s perception data on the status of SDG’s progress in these countries, with focus on the SDG that will be reviewed during this HLPF . The results and analysis will be presented at the event to assist decision-makers in SDG review activities and planning.
Side Event: Role of ODA for Sustaining Peace and SDGs
Fri 13 July 2018 , 4-6 pm
Venue : Conference room (2/F.) Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea (RoK) to the UN
Peace is one of the core values and principles in SDGs and it need to be translated into strategies and program on the ground. Official development assistance (ODA) is one of the important means of implementation and it need to be maximized for transformative impact. The Panel aims at developing nexus approach by linking ODA to peacebuilding and sustaining peace as a way to preventing violent conflicts which is a necessary precondition for full achievement of the SDGs, and proposals for the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) future role and strategies.
The UN SDG Action Campaign will be speaking at the panel and share its experience on how youth engagement and activation to advance the SDGs can contribute to creating a solid foundation for local peace and sustainable development.
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), a partnership between several UN entities, was created in 2012 in the run-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). With commitments from over 300 universities from around the world, HESI accounted for more than one-third of all the voluntary commitments that were launched at Rio+20. The initiative provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policy-making. More information: https://www.sdgbusinessforum.org/
SDG Media Zone (16 to 17 July)
The SDG Media Zone at HLPF will feature a diversity of speakers, including business, civil society and United Nations leaders and influencers, who will discuss a range of topics, including sustainable fashion, biodiversity, data and technology, and clean energy. More information: http://www.un.org/sdgmediazone/
Ministerial Segment of HLPF (16-18 July)
More than 80 Ministers are expected to attend the three-day Ministerial Segment, including to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). The 47 countries presenting VNRs are Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, Niger, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Viet Nam. More information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/vnrs/
Local and Regional Governments’ Forum (16 July)
At the first-ever Local and Regional Governments’ Forum, Mayors from the world’s major cities will come together to discuss the importance of localizing the 2030 Agenda. The forum is co-organized by the United Nations and its partners, including Local2030. More information: https://www.global-taskforce.org/high-level-political-forum
SDG Business Forum (18 July)
Co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), UN DESA and the UN Global Compact, and organized in collaboration with the Global Business Alliance (GBA) for 2030, the third SDG Business Forum will bring together leaders from businesses, governments, UN agencies, key international organizations, and civil society to discuss the private sector’s role in delivering the 2030 Agenda. More information: https://www.sdgbusinessforum.org/
Ms. Marina Ponti (Italy) has been appointed Head of the Global Campaign Center of the UN SDG Action Campaign in Bonn (Germany).
As one of the main architects of the UN Millennium Campaign -the predecessor of the UN SDG Action Campaign- Ms. Ponti served as Global Deputy Director and Regional Director for Europe for over a decade and was at the vanguard of innovative campaign initiatives, building multi-stakeholder coalitions, mobilizing resources and forging long-term partnerships between civil society organizations, Local Government, parliamentarians, media, the private sector and the UN.
Prior, Ms. Ponti was an advocacy and resource mobilization specialist with UNICEF and the UN Secretariat. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of Catapult -a girls and women’s right crowdfunding platform and as Special Advisor on post-2015 during the final negotiations of the Agenda 2030 for the global network Social Watch.
Ms. Ponti started her career with the Italian NGO Mani Tese as Head of Campaigning and External Relations, leading global campaigns and movements on debt, trade, human rights and development assistance.
She has published several articles for newspapers, magazines, online publications and blogs on the Millennium Development Goals, on the Sustainable Development Goals, on aid effectiveness, financial speculation, gender equality, social development, local development, debt-relief, human rights, and trade. Ms. Ponti holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Milan and has completed an executive education programme from INSEAD in Global Management, Finance and Partnerships. She speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.
The Sustainable Development Goals took center stage at the BMZ Open Day in Bonn.
Over 14,000 visitors gathered at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) premises on June 24th, 2018 for a day of music, experiences and activities with the SDGs at its heart. Participants had the opportunity to visit the Hammerschmidt Villa, the official residence of the German President in Bonn, and to learn about sustainability through the many German and international institutions presenting their work.
The UN SDG Action Campaign shared the stage with Mr. Martin Jägger, BMZ State Secretary, and the Lord Mayor of Bonn Ashok Sridharan, to discuss the importance of communicating the SDGs and inspiring collective action to support their implementation.
An interactive space featured some of the Campaign’s flagship advocacy and citizen participation tools on the SDGs, as well as virtual reality screenings designed to build empathy on issues related to the Goals.
“This is great! What can I do? How can I contribute?” was the most shared response of the many visitors at the stand, when hearing about the 17 Goals and hearing people’s stories from around the world. The Campaign team had the honor of welcoming State Secretary Jägger, who recognized the importance of the Campaign’s work and committed to continuing to support the Campaign going forward. “You’ve got a very difficult job to do, and a very important one,” he said to the Campaign team members.
Els Premis Blanquerna Impulsa neixen amb la voluntat de sensibilitzar sobre els OBJECTIUS DE DESENVOLUPAMENT SOSTENIBLE promoguts per l’ONU (2015-2030), motivar-ne el coneixement i cercar la implicació dels membres de les comunitats educatives escolars en el projecte.
Aquests premis se celebraran anualment i la temàtica de cada edició se centrarà en dos dels disset objectius que desenvolupa l’ONU a l’Agenda 2030.
Cristina Gallach, Ex subsecretaria general del Department d’Informació Pública de l’ONU
Xavier Longan, Responsable del Centre Mundial de Bonn de la Campanya dels ODS
Deborah Seward, Directora del Centre Regional d’Informació de l’ONU
L’acte d’entrega dels premis va tenir lloc dimecres 20 de juny, a les 18.30 h a l’auditori de la Facultat de Comunicació i Relacions Internacionals Blanquerna-URL.
Durant l’acte, que va presentar la periodista de TV3 i professora de Blanquerna-URL Mireia Prats, es van donar a conèixer els tres guanyadors de les tres categories dels Premis per impulsar els Objectius de Desenvolupament Sostenible, que han estat l’Escola Pia de Caldes de Montbui, l’Escola Thau de Sant Cugat del Vallès i el Col·legi Sant Ramon Nonat de Collblanc.
Els Premis Blanquerna Impulsa són uns guardons que tenen la voluntat de sensibilitzar sobre els Objectius de Desenvolupament Sostenible promoguts per l’ONU (2015-2030), motivar-ne el coneixement i cercar la implicació dels membres de les comunitats educatives escolars en el projecte. Podien presentar treballs i optar als premis els nois i noies que estudien 4t d’ESO, 1r o 2n de batxillerat, o un cicle formatiu, a qualsevol centre educatiu de Catalunya, Andorra o Balears.
En aquesta primera edició, hi ha hagut un total de nou projectes finalistes, tres per cadascuna de les tres categories – àmbit comunicatiu, àmbit educatiu i àmbit de la salut-. El centre educatiu guanyador en la categoria de l’àmbit comunicatiu ha estat l’Escola Thau de Sant Cugat del Vallès amb el curtmetratge “El penjat“. En la categoria de l’àmbit educatiu, el centre guanyador ha estat el Col·legi Sant Ramon Nonat de Collblanc amb el projecte “La revolució verda“. Finalment, en la categoria de l’àmbit de la salut, el centre guanyador ha estat l’Escola Pia de Caldes amb el projecte “Tu hi jugues?: Combat i mat“.
La resta de treballs finalistes han estat realitzats per alumnes de les següents escoles: Escola Pia de Sitges, Jesuïtes del Clot (Barcelona), Lestonnac-L’Ensenyança (Tarragona), Salesians de Sarrià (Barcelona), Santa Teresa-Ganduxer (Barcelona) i Vedruna St. Sadurní (Sant Sadurní d’Anoia). A part de conèixer els tres guanyadors, a l’acte de lliurament s’han pogut visionar els treballs finalistes.
L’acte de lliurament de premis ha congregat prop de cent-setanta persones, entre autoritats del món de l’educació i de la universitat, representants de l’ajuntament de Barcelona, representants d’escoles i instituts de Catalunya, estudiants i professorat dels nou centres finalistes, membres del jurat dels Premis, i les entitats col·laboradores Fundació Agbar, Canon, Abacus, Lavola, Fedefarma, Serafí, Unilever, Aramark, Junior Report, Ametller Origen, Càtedra UNESCO, Microgestió i Animaset.
L’obertura ha anat a càrrec del director general de Blanquerna, el Dr. Andreu Ibarz, i la cloenda a càrrec del rector de la Universitat Ramon Llull, Josep M. Garrell. Tots ells han remarcat la importància dels Objectius de Desenvolupament Sostenible per a la construcció d’un món millor.
Els ODS són una sèrie d’objectius promoguts per l’Organització de Nacions Unides (ONU) per donar resposta als grans reptes que afecten el nostre planeta. Es proposen acabar amb la fam al món, aconseguir que tots els nens i nenes tinguin accés a l’educació i fer del nostre món un lloc més sostenible, entre altres reptes. Els Premis Blanquerna Impulsa premien les millors accions per promoure els ideals dels ODS dutes a terme pels centres escolars.
En aquesta primera edició, la temática que ha centrat els treballs han estat els dos dels ODS: “Fi de la pobresa” i una “Energia assequible i no contaminant“. La segona edició dels Premis se centrarà en els objectius “Fam zero” i “Ciutats i comunitats sostenibles”.
New York, 20 June – A fast-changing climate, conflict, inequality, persistent pockets of poverty and hunger and rapid urbanization are challenging countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UN report launched in New York today.
The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 found that conflict and climate change were major contributing factors leading to growing numbers of people facing hunger and forced displacement, as well as curtailing progress towards universal access to basic water and sanitation services.
For the first time in more than a decade, there are now approximately 38 million more hungry people in the world, rising from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016. According to the report, conflict is now one of the main drivers of food insecurity in 18 countries. In 2017, the world experienced the costliest North Atlantic hurricane season on record, driving the global economic losses attributed to the disasters to over $300 billion.
At the same time, the Report found that more people are leading better lives than they were just a decade ago. The proportion of the world’s workers living with their families on less than 1.90 per person a day declined significantly over the past two decades, falling from 26.9 per cent in 2000 to 9.2 per cent in 2017.
The under-five mortality rate dropped by almost 50 per cent and in the least developed countries, the proportion of population with access to electricity has more than doubled between 2000 and 2016. However, in 2015, 2.3 billion people still lacked even a basic level of sanitation service and 892 million people continued to practice open defecation. In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria compared to 210 million cases in 2013 and close to 4 billion people were left without social protection in 2016.
The SDG Report presents an overview of progress toward achieving the Goals, which were unanimously adopted by countries in 2015.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin said “Transitioning towards more sustainable and resilient societies also requires an integrated approach that recognizes that these challenges—and their solutions—are interrelated.
As the global community moves forward to achieve the SDGs and address existing challenges, reliable, timely, accessible and disaggregated data is critically needed. This requires technology and innovation, increased resources and political commitment to build strong data and statistical systems in all countries.